Museums trust facing ‘pain’

THE trust running Sheffield’s museums and galleries is expecting to have to make “painful” decisions to meet a 15% cut in council grant over the next year – but not the possible closure of the Graves Gallery.

Museums Sheffield is assessing the financial picture after councillors made clear they were not prepared to see the gallery on the top floor of the Central Library in Surrey Street shut, mothballed or moved.

Sandra Newton, who chairs the trust, said: “I am very pleased that the city council recognise the deep affection that Museums Sheffield and the people of the city, have for the Graves Gallery. Closure of the Graves would be a great loss to Sheffield.

“Museums Sheffield, however, still faces the proposed reduction of £328K – 15% – in our funding from March 31, on top of the huge savings we have already made in the past two years.

“We have been working with the council since last summer to find a way a through the challenges we all face.

“The options open to us to make this saving are very limited and all are likely to be painful in some way.”