Cuts leave England's museums outside London on 'cliff edge'

May 12, 2019

 

 

Austerity cuts imposed by central government have caused a “crisis” in England’s cultural sector outside London with regional museums increasingly opening part-time and cutting staff.

 

Many cash-strapped local authorities choose to fund social care and other life-or-death services instead of their arts and cultural offerings, “hollowing out the sector”, the Museums Association has said.

 

Some 14% of local authority museums and 19% of independent former local authority institutions have reduced their opening hours in the past year, while 61% of local authority museums charge admission to cover their shortfall, according to the Museums Association’s 2018 report.

 

Read the feature in the Guardian.

 

[This piece was published on 07/05/19]

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