School visits halt at Bishops’ House

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SCHOOL visits to Bishops’ House, one of Sheffield’s oldest timber-framed buildings, are ending after 14 years because of spending cuts.

Museums Sheffield, which has run workshops so pupils can explore the house’s collections, take part in activities and learn about Tudor times, said this week it can no longer afford to cover staff costs at the premises in Meersbrook Park.

Kim Streets, Director of Learning and Knowledge, said: “We’re very sad to see our work with schools at Bishops’ House come to an end, though we hope that we can find a way to resume it in the future. In the current climate, we simply can’t afford to maintain that provision and it just isn’t viable to ask primary schools to meet the full cost. Our focus now is on working with partners such as the Friends of Bishops’ House to find a solution which will allow schools to access the house.”

The house is open at weekends.

Museums Sheffield is losing jobs and being restructured as a result of funding cuts by the Arts Council England.