National Media Museum consults on senior level redundancies

Geraldine Kendall, 29.10.2014
Five posts affected under proposed restructure
The National Media Museum is consulting on a restructure that could see it make up to five posts redundant across its senior management team and film department.

The Bradford museum has been forced to scale back its five-year masterplan and reduce its operational costs due to ongoing government cuts. The museum’s parent organisation, the Science Museum Group, needs to find savings of £3.7m by 2015-16, in addition to a further £787,000 cut announced in last year’s autumn statement.

The National Media Museum launched a consultation into the proposed changes last Friday. A spokesman from the museum said: “We have started consultation with five members of staff affected by proposed changes to structures and roles within the National Media Museum senior management team and film department.

“We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time and will ensure that this will be conducted with the utmost consideration for those staff members who are affected.”

The museum, which was threatened with closure last year, has received a boost in recent months after securing a £2m funding package from the SMG and Bradford Council, as well as announcing a new commercial partnership that will see Picturehouse Cinemas take over the operation of three cinema screens at the museum from 31 October.

The spokesman added: “We have undertaken a major piece of work to reconsider how the museum functions to create a stronger offer that can be managed with less resource, over a smaller footprint.

“Our ongoing efforts to reduce our costs to address the significant annual revenue shortfall we face include vacating rented office space and moving towards a commercial cinema partnership, as well as the proposed changes we launched on Friday.”


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