Council cuts force Edinburgh museums to close doors

Writers Museum in Edinburgh

Writers Museum in Edinburgh

 

Museums in Edinburgh will have their opening hours shortened in an attempt to cut costs.

Currently, the council is spending £1.8 million a year on museums and galleries, which equates to 0.19% of their overall budget. In the 2014/15 season, they attracted 916,000 visitors.

Most of the cuts in hours will come during the weekdays. The plans will see The City Art Centre close on Mondays and Tuesdays, while the Museum of Childhood will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Others to be affected include the Writer’s Museum, People’s Story Museum, Museum of Edinburgh and Queensferry Museum. The Scott and Nelson Monuments are not expected to be affected.

The Museums and Galleries Update Report has said that the changes will be monitored for the next year and “a future report will be brought to this committee on the impact of the changes”.

A spokeswoman for the council has said that, “The new opening hours at our museums and galleries bring these venues in line with heavy footfall days like the weekends so it benefits our customers. They were implemented following extensive consultation with staff and feedback from visitors and users.”

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