Staff at Thinktank in Birmingham, run by Birmingham Museums Trust

MA expresses concern over proposed Birmingham cuts

Patrick Steel, 13.01.2015
Proposed 15% cut could damage delivery of museum services
The Museums Association (MA) has responded to Birmingham City Council’s consultation for its 2015 budget, in which it proposes a 15% cut to its museum, arts and heritage service.

In its response, the MA states: “Birmingham museums have collections of truly global significance – and the recent launch of the Staffordshire Hoard galleries in Birmingham museums can only add to the cultural wealth of the city… the sudden withdrawal of funding is likely to damage not only the short-term ability of [Birmingham Museums Trust] to deliver existing museums services, but also the ability of the trust to ensure the viability of all of its museums in the long-term.

The response also highlights the wider benefits successful museums bring to individuals and communities including the positive impact on wellbeing, the way that museums can connect people with local heritage and help them to understand their place in the world, and that they can promote debate and help challenge prejudice.

The response concludes: “We ask you to maintain the high priority you have accorded to Birmingham’s cultural offer, and to reconsider your budget proposals.”

The MA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015 is to be held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham in November.

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MA response to Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2015

MA policy responses

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Rachel Cockett
MA Member
Director of Development, Birmingham Museums Trust
13.01.2015, 18:32
Thank you to the Museums Association for adding to the many voices of support for Birmingham Museums Trust. Much appreciated.
David Fleming
MA Member
Director, National Museums Liverpool
13.01.2015, 15:26
When somewhere as important as Birmingham Museums is in trouble then there is something very bad going on. This is terrible news.