19 Oct 2020

Statement from Birmingham Museums

Birmingham Museums Trust has now completed a period of redundancy consultation. Throughout the 11-week process we responded to over 250 pieces of feedback and our workforce has now been reduced by 25%, which is equivalent to 48 full time roles across the organisation.

It is regrettable that we have had to lose any of our hardworking employees, but like many arts organisations we have had to make some very tough decisions to adapt to the challenging situation we face and ensure the charity’s long-term survival beyond this crisis. 

We want to thank everyone who has been involved in the consultation process, including those colleagues whose jobs have sadly been affected. We wish them all the best for the future during what we know is a very uncertain time.

We have done all we can to minimise the huge financial impact of the last seven months. We were touched by the generosity of the public who donated over £45,000 during our recent fundraising campaign. We have innovated and diversified, finding new ways to generate income including opening a very successful bakery, pizza restaurant and community shop at Sarehole Mill, and hosting virtual fun runs and an online lecture series. The job losses are not as deep as expected, and alongside reducing staff numbers, we have made additional savings across all areas of our organisation. This means we are now in a stronger position to survive the pandemic over the coming months.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has now partially reopened and we continue to look for enterprising ways to support income generation.
We have held a series of successful events at some of our Historic Properties, with more to come in the months ahead. We also continue to work on plans to reopen Thinktank which we will share in due course.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the museum and our other sites, donated, fundraised or made purchases in our shops and cafes. All support helps us to safeguard our future.