Job losses threat in Hampshire

Culture Trust to lose 10% of workforce

Hampshire’s flagship culture trust is to cut 10% of jobs following a reduction in its grant from the county council.

The trust was set up to run Hampshire museums and arts provision in 2014 and was seen as a pioneering move.

But the support it hads been getting from the county council has been cut. However, the num ber of job losses has yet to be revealed.

Dr Janet Owen, its chief executive said: “In order to meet the planned reductions in local authority grants that were agreed when HCT was established, there will be an approximate 10% overall reduction in headcount.”

An organisational review would replace the trusts existing specialist subject curators and exhibition officers with ‘cultural experience roles’ responsible for both curatorship and exhibitions.

The trust said the review would increase the number of posts in its museums, but it is unclear whether these will be paid positions.

The trust manages Winchester City Museum, the Eastleigh Museum, the Westbury Manor Museum, the Bursledon Windmill, Chilcomb House in Winchester, the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton and the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.


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