Warwickshire County Council consults on heritage and culture service

Warwickshire County Council has gone out to public consultation on proposals for the reconfiguration of the Heritage & Culture Service.

The Service needs to make savings of £478,000 to its budget. Heritage and Culture Warwickshire has already found some of the savings but still has further savings of £261,000 to find.

The county’s Heritage & Culture Warwickshire provides a wide range of services that safeguard and promote Warwickshire’s archives, human history and natural sciences and provide residents and visitors with opportunities to engage with Warwickshire’s heritage through high quality education activities and events programmes.

It operates two museum sites in Warwick which are open to the public all year round; Market Hall Museum and St Johns House Museum. In addition it is responsible for Warwickshire’s archives through the Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick.

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire is part way through a programme of transformation, including:

  • The refurbishment of the Market Hall Museum, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Development of new education and learning programmes, to meet the needs of the new curriculum and new displays at the Market Hall Museum
  • Greater online access to Warwickshire’s collections.

The consultation is collecting the views of visitors, partners, funders, staff and volunteers to inform the decisions that need to be made on how the service is provided in future.

The questionnaire is available at https://askwarks.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/heritage-and-culture-warwickshire/.

Other consultation opportunities will also be held at the ‘Our Warwickshire’ project events at County Libraries and public forums.

Commenting on the consultation, Councillor Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Environment, said, “The proposals made are in response to significant economic pressure affecting the County Council as a whole. This decision was not taken lightly and the proposals put forward will enable the stabilisation and future prosperity of Heritage and Culture Warwickshire. Public consultation will enable the Cabinet of Warwickshire County Council to make informed decisions on the future of these services.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Warwickshire County Council said, “Warwickshire County Council appreciates the value of heritage and wider culture to Warwickshire, and this consultation will enable the council to get the views of people around the county.”