Hugely important role of museums

Gary's cartoon 02-01-12

Gary's cartoon 02-01-12

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From: Nick Clegg

MP for Sheffield Hallam

I share the disappointment of many people on hearing that Museums Sheffield has been unsuccessful in its recent bid for Arts Council funding.

I know the hugely important role Museums Sheffield plays in protecting and promoting the cultural heritage of our city.

I also know the benefits for Sheffield had this bid been successful. That’s why I wrote to Arts Council England in my role as a Sheffield MP before the decision was made in order to make the case for Museums Sheffield’s bid.

Quite rightly, the Arts Council is independent of the Government and is not controlled by politicians, and neither I nor any of my colleagues in the Government or Parliament can interfere in their decision making.

However, what we can do is make the case for Sheffield, as I did before the decision was made. I am now urgently seeking a meeting with Arts Council England so that I can discuss their decision face to face.