All Leicester museums' curators to go in council cuts

All four posts go in cost-cutting review

Leicester’s arts and museums service is to delete all its remaining four curator posts.

The move comes as part of a £320,000 savings plan which will see the four jobs scrapped as part of a complete reshuffle of the department, which will be called the arts, museums, festivals and events team

Seven new posts will be created within the museums service using funding from Arts Council England. These will include an exhibitions and displays manager, a digital project manager, a children and young people’s officer, a community engagement officer and collections access offer.

Curators were given notices of redundancy at the beginning of this month.

Other planned changes include the addition of a new deputy festivals and events manager and a new senior festivals and events officer.

A city council spokesman said the council had already deleted five vacant posts. She added that the structure of the division “hasn’t changed for many years and doesn't reflect the demands made on it.”

Sally Howatt, chair of the Friends of Leicester and Leicestershire Museums received the news “with great concern and dismay.”

“It is essential that the core museum service is maintained to its current high standard, and we note that the service will lose many years of significant knowledge and expertise with these current redundancies. We cannot see how post holders within a festivals and events team can maintain the current collections to the standard required.”

It is understand that staff whose posts are at risk were given the first option to apply for the new posts created but those who have applied were unsuccessful.

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