H/t reader squodgy:
“So much for the education of the less well off kids.”
Brighton Museums and York Art Gallery were among museums which introduced charges for entry and the numbers are set to grow in 2016 as public funding cuts are forcing museums to close or pay for their tickets.
British museums are forced to make difficult decisions that could impact on the quality of the service they provide, according to a report by the Museums Association.
One in five of all UK museums had closed a part or branch of their museum to visitors in 2015 or would do so in the year to come, the report said. Meanwhile 8 per cent of museums have already starting charging for the entry with a further 12 per cent planning to do so 2016.
Some 44 museums have closed since 2010, when the Government embarked on widespread cuts in a bid to reduce its deficit.
“Planning for a 52 per cent further cut in budget by 2017, meaning that total cuts since 2010 -2017 are 69 per cent. We are highly likely to lose museum buildings by 2017 and rationalise collections significantly so that storage costs are reduced,” a spokesman for a local authority museum in Yorkshire said.