More job cuts at Liverpool museums

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Museum of Liverpool. Pic by JMU Journalism

Museum of Liverpool. Pic by JMU Journalism

A further 37 job posts look set to be lost at National Museums Liverpool due to government funding cuts. This follows the 93 job cuts which have already been taken since 2010.

The job loses will affect the Museum of Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery and several other museums and galleries around Merseyside.

National Museums Liverpool Director David Fleming said: “For the past four years, we’ve faced unrelenting funding cuts as we try to operate world-class museums. We have difficult decisions to make as we cope with the severe reductions to our budgets.”

On Friday, letters were sent to staff across the museums asking them to consider other options, such as voluntary redundancy, job shares or reduced hours.

Mr Fleming said: “We continue to explore different options and proposals but the reality is we have to lose valuable staff. We want to do everything we can to avoid compulsory redundancies.”

Staff have also been told to expect more bad news over the next few months.

In 2012, NML reached visitor numbers of more than 3.2 million, proving to be its most successful year yet, with record breaking figures.

The cuts have come despite the organisations estimated economic impact of around £75.8million in the city, which includes staff wages that are put back into the economy, plus visitor spending.

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