William Eichler 08 January 2016

150-year-old Welsh museum under threat from cuts

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The future of Wales’ oldest museum is in question as council is forced to cut funding to cultural services in their bid to save £90m.

Swansea Museum, built for the Royal Institution of South Wales (RISW) in 1841, is presently run by the council, which is looking for alternative options of managing it in order to deal with budget cuts.

Swansea Council launched a budget consultation last month in order to learn more about where residents would prefer council funds to be spent.

Among the proposals for cultural services included looking for ‘charitable or not-for-profit partners to run Swansea Museum.’

A Swansea Council spokesperson said: ‘No-one wants to see cultural services of this kind cease, so our proposals are not about stopping them – they’re about delivering them in new and innovative ways for future generations to enjoy.

‘During the last round of budget consultation, residents made it clear that the council should be prioritising the protection of social care and education as we go about tackling a budget deficit of at least £90m over the next three years.’

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