Will Independent Museums Survive the Lockdown?

April 15 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The BBC have reported on an appeal from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), warning that independent museums might be lost due to the impact of the coronavirus.

They have highlighted the case of two museums in London in particular, including the Charles Dickens Museum and the Florence Nightingale Museum respectively. The article claims that such museums are vulnerable due to their success as individual businesses. As these attractions generally rely on entrance fees they are less likely to received regular grants or funding to keep their finances ticking-over.

Particularly concerning is the claim;

The body's chair, Andrew Lovett, said he believed it was inevitable some museums would "just run out of cash and go to the wall", with collections potentially lost.

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