York’s museums to close without local cash injection

York’s three major museums and galleries may have to close in January without more cash from the council.

York Museums Trust is responsible for the Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum (pictured), and in an executive report says that without new support it will run of cash by January and all three will have to close.

Because of lockdown and the loss of the tourist season, the three institutions are facing a £1.54m deficit the report says.

"Covid-19, therefore, creates an immediate financial threat to YMT’s continued existence, and the trustees have now logged a serious incident report with the Charities Commission reflecting the fact that they will require financial support to remain a going concern” it says. "Without this, they will run out of cash in January 2021."

York City Council has responded by saying that it is working on a programme of support.

Meanwhile, at Blackpool across the Pennines, the Blackpool Grand theatre has also warned that it may also have to close permanently in January if it does not receive £500,000 from the government’s rescue package.

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