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Birmingham’s heritage is something that we are all proud of, but this is something that we could see the end of shortly.
As many of our members are aware, as part of Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation, it has been proposed that Birmingham Museums Trust will receive a reduction of £500k in funding from April 2017. This is in addition to a cut of £250k that had been previously agreed by Birmingham City Council.

The proposed budget cuts to the Trust’s funding could result in:

– A substantial reduction in public access to some of our museums, which include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle.
– Fewer learning activities for students, local schools and community groups
– Significantly reduced public access to Birmingham’s collection for both research and public enjoyment, either in the city or through outward loans
– Reduced capacity to deliver projects alone or in partnership

Please have a read of the fact sheet to find out about what Birmingham Museum aims to achieve and how the budget will effect this vision.

It is vital that Birmingham’s museums should continue to receive the funding they need to survive and thrive and continue their valuable contribution to the city of Birmingham.

Other ways you can help:

You can also sign the petition here.

Please note the deadline for budget responses is 18 January 2017.