Friday, October 12, 2012

UK's National Media Museum Begins Spending Review; Restructure and Layoffs Under Consideration

Bradford, UK -- Rebecca Atkinson reports in Museums Journal, the publication of the Museums Association (UK), on a new fiscal investigation of the National Media Museum:

"The National Media Museum in Bradford has announced that it will undertake a spending review to cut running costs and go “back to basics” amid falling visitor numbers.

"The review includes a three-week staff consultation about a proposed restructure . . . The National Media Museum was unable to confirm how many posts might be at risk or when the spending review will complete.

"The decline in visitors to the museum has stabilised in the past 12 months with the opening of the new Life Online gallery. But numbers have fallen from a peak of nearly one million in 2001 to 500,000 in 2011.

"A recent review carried out by the museum’s parent organisation, the Science Museum Group, found that average costs per visitor at the National Media Museum were 30% more than at the Science Museum in London, the National Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Railway Museum in York."