You may or may not know via the Argus that we are possibly being severely effected by the savings that Local Authorities are having to make.
It has been proposed that we close an additional 2 days, making our total weekly closure 3 days, which is purported to make staff savings (security staff not having to be on duty). Cutting front-line services is not a good idea and we are concerned that once this has happened it will be difficult to reverse in the future – a thin wedge would have been inserted that could lead to more cuts in the future. In addition my colleague who retired two years ago has been working ½ time for the past couple of years and is now having to leave at the end of March and there is no immediate sign of replacement, although I am told that this is not the case.
The Booth had 4 ‘professional’ (science/nat.hist trained) staff from 1974 to about 1995, this was then reduced to 3 and then to 2 now it is 1 … With all the associated management and Local Gov. stuff I have to deal with it means that I have had less and less time to do what a natural scientist should do in a museum of this stature (hence my lack of attendances at meetings, involvement with things etc). I’ve had to give up some areas of work – sadly including Recorder work for B&H. All a bit gloomy.
It might help if you could, should you think it worth it, lobby the museum boss and her boss to help prevent these cuts. Any support we can get would be greatly appreciated. I’d also be grateful if you could spread the word about this and suggest others do like-wise.
The persons to email are:
or even the Chief Exec.
and of course a letter to the Argus would also help – as it has in the past.
Dr Gerald Legg
Keeper of Natural Sciences