Ulster Museum

NMNI fights back against £4.8m funding cut

Geraldine Kendall, 26.01.2011
Campaign launched to safeguard NMNI budget against 'substantial' cuts

National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) has launched Support Our Budget, a drive to alert the public to the impact of cuts planned by the Northern Ireland Executive.

NMNI, which comprises the Ulster Museum, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Ulster American Folk Park and Armagh County Museum, stands to have its cash budget slashed by £4.8m over the next four years, amounting to a 15.3% reduction by 2015.

The Support Our Budget campaign argues that NMNI is a key asset to culture and tourism in the region, attracting a million visitors and generating £3m in revenue every year. 

NMNI will be forced to cut staff by a quarter, reduce opening hours and shrink events, exhibitions and education programmes if its budget is not safeguarded.

The proposed low level of capital allocation means that plans to develop Ulster American Folk Park and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum into international centres of excellence will also be cancelled.

NMNI is inviting members of the public to make their concerns known by downloading and sending a draft campaign letter to the Northern Ireland Executive outlining the impact of proposed cuts. The deadline for submission is 16 February.

Click here to download the campaign letter (word)

Click here to find out more about the NMNI campaign

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