The Museum and Cultural Development
Manager presented a report to update museum committee
on the museum’s work since the last formal
He started by confirming in
paragraph 2 of the report, the decision is because the painting has
been recently on show and now needs to rest or it will suffer long
On paragraph 5, the schools
project fund has been confirmed at £62,000 for the year which
is the same as the past two years. The Art Fund Conservation Grant
scheme had been withdrawn by the funders.
As of the end of February, we
have had 61,779 visitors since the end of April last year which is
up 65%. This is most likely because of a change in programming,
being shortlisted for national awards. In 2017/18, the reported
figures for school pupils visiting the museum were 500. This year
it’s 4182. The museum ended up having to turn schools away.
Every school in the borough has visited this year.
The committee thanked the
Museum and Cultural Development Manager for putting together such a
comprehensive report and was pleased by the positive news that the
museum is doing better than previous years.
The committee asked about the
proposed reduction in opening hours as stated in the budget for
ACTION: The Museum and Cultural Development manager to share
with the committee the end of programme report for the two year education
accept this report and recommend approval by Cabinet.