£8.1M Funding Agreed for Museums in Somerset


Moves have been made to improve the cultural scenery of Somerset. This is done by the council of the county to fund the museums that are considered the hubs for historical enrichment. Terms are now dropped in the funding for the heritage trust that would support the endeavor.

The South West Heritage Trust has been running different museums throughout the county for years now. This includes the Brick and Tile Museum in Bridgwater, the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, and the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The archives in Taunton and Barnstaple are preserved and maintained well, making them some of the most enriching historical archives in the area.

The trust has been supported by the council through funding to last a five-year period, which includes payments to maintain the places and exhibits and fund over 75 full-time staff working in the museum. However, its funding will soon be reduced in the coming five years, and they will have to find other ways to fund their endeavors. The levels in terms of funding have been discussed in a council meeting in Taunton on June 10 and were set for 2023 or 2024.

Speaking on behalf of the council, Jon Doyle, the manager-in-charge of community infrastructure, has stated that for the next five years, the trust would receive £1,626,688 per year. This would be over £8,133,440 in the years between 2019 and 2023-2024. The trust previously received a total of £8,440,990, and this does not take into consideration inflation. The agreement has been set for the period and would not be subject to any changes related to inflation.

Doyle has noted that the money would be enough for the trust and that the council has saved up on money for its projects. The agreement is intended to encourage the trust to find different ways outside of government support to gain income.




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