The Big Pit National Coal Museum at National Museum Wales. Image: Joe D/

35 jobs to go at National Museum Wales

Rebecca Atkinson, 21.01.2013
Proposed restructure will affect 160 posts
National Museum Wales – Amgueddfa Cymru (NMW) has revealed a major restructure that will see 35 permanent posts cut from the service.

It has now entered into a 90-day consultation period with its 650 members of staff and trade unions. NMW said the restructure is a reaction to public funding cuts, which mean it has to find £2.5m in savings by 2016.

Staff will be offered redeployments, voluntary redundancy and early retirement in a bid to avoid any compulsory redundancies.

NMW estimated that 160 roles will be affected by the restructure. This includes the 35 permanent roles lost, as well as those on fixed-term contacts that will not be renewed or extended.  

Others will see their terms and conditions of employment change as a result of the restructure.

The proposed changes will not affect the day-to-day operations of its seven sites.

“The museum also remains committed to delivering key projects such as the redevelopment of St Fagans: National History Museum, National Museum of Natural Science and building upon partnership work throughout Wales and beyond,” NMW said in a statement.

"The museum sector has been evolving and people’s expectations of museums are different today to what they were even a decade ago. Amgueddfa Cymru has to refocus its work to meet the changing expectations of its visitors."


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Laura Humphreys
MA Member
CDA PhD Candidate, Geffrye Museum
21.01.2013, 15:34
From my time volunteering at Big Pit, that site was stretched enough as it is in terms of staff - one person was usually a whole department. My thoughts are with anyone whose job may be in danger.