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Please reconsider proposed 15% cut to Birmingham Museums.

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Support Birmingham Museums!

As part of Birmingham City Council’s wider spending review, it has been proposed that Birmingham Museums Trust will receive a reduction of £850K pa in funding from April 2015. This proposal is now subject to public consultation with a decision likely to be made in February 2015. No decisions have yet been made.

The reduction in funding will affect what we can deliver as a museums service and may result in any of the following;

1. Substantial reduction in public access to one or more of our heritage sites, which include Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Weoley Castle and Soho House

2. Fewer learning activities for local schools and community groups

3. Reduced opening hours at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

4. Significantly reduced public access to Birmingham’s collection and heritage.

About Birmingham Museums

Birmingham Museums is one of the leading regional museums in the country. On behalf of the people of Birmingham, it cares for a priceless collection of over 800,000 objects and works of art, displayed and stored in nine remarkable museums and heritage sites located in and around the city. Birmingham Museums has a long-term commitment to learning and community engagement and an outstanding track record of working with children, young people and schools. Since April 2012, Birmingham Museums has achieved the following successes:

- Over 2.5m people have visited our sites.

- Over 500,000 people have taken parts in events and activities from circus school, to curatorial talks, community-led festivals, science busking, story-telling and art classes.

- Nearly 300,000 local school children have expanded their knowledge of art, history, science and technology through engagement with Birmingham’s collections.

- 500 volunteers have contributed 6,500 days of their time to a value of nearly  £700,000.

- Over 4m people have seen Birmingham’s collections on loan at local, national and international venues in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

- 95,000 people follow our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, YouTube and Wordpress.

- Each visit to one of Birmingham Museums Trust’s sites is worth around £30 to local businesses, with an annual economic value of £30m  

Birmingham Museums makes a real difference to the lives of the people of Birmingham, and we want to continue to do so. Please sign our petition to show your support for Birmingham Museums.


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