Boost for Hampshire Museums

Visitors and income up in last year

Hampshire’s museums have reported a major surge in visitor numbers, despite staff cuts.

Hampshire Cultural Trust, which took over managing the museums and galleries from the county council, saw a 13.1% rise in visitors to its venues, which include the City Museum and Westgate Museum in Winchester (pictured), the Eastleigh Museum and Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham.

Annual accounts for 2017/18 shows that earned income was up 20% to more than £2.5million and donations were also up 118% to more than £91,000, with total fundraised income £1,802,000 – £67,000 more than expected. Hampshire County Council also increased its grant from just over £2.9m to more than £3.2m.

However, the organisation did spend more than £460,000 on redundancies after a 10% cut in staffing. The trust, which was set up as an independent charity in 2014 employs more than 100 people as well as using 400 volunteers.

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