Threat to future of Cambridge Museum
Trustees embark on fundraising campaign
Cambridge’s independent museum is launching a fundraising appeal in a bid to save itself from closure.
The Cambridge Museum, which is not part of the city’s network of university owned museums, said it is “facing significant challenges that threaten its future” and will close until February for a “deep clean and refresh”.
The news follows the sudden departure of four staff members from the museum, which, does not receive public funding, but has been running for more than 80 years.
In a statement, museum trustees said “...like many small, independent heritage organisations, it is struggling to survive.
They added, “It is wholly dependent on discretionary income and, while that income continues to dwindle, the daily costs of operation continue to rise.”
They plan to run operations using volunteers.
The museum’s manager has been made redundant, while another employee’s contract has ended and two part-time staff have resigned.
Cambridge City councillor Richard Johnson said: “The council is aware of the challenges faced by the Museum of Cambridge and officers have been working with them to provide support for the past few months. The current situation is very difficult for all concerned and we will continue to work with the museum.”
* Cambridge's Museum of Technology will be closed for at least 10 months as part of a major refurbishment which will see a new exhibition space, a café, ramp, and a visitors' centre. Work starts in March and is expected to be completed by October 2018.