Museum funding cuts may affect opening hours

Tyne & Wear Museums may have to cut opening hours to the Discovery Museum and the Laing Gallery, reduce its community learning programme, and charge for some services, because of a proposed reduction in its funding from Newcastle Council.

The council is removing all its funding of the Great North Museum (formerly the Hancock) and the Hatton Gallery over the next two years, and halving its funding of the Discovery Museum, Laing Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives, all because of budget cuts.

The museums service will open a consultation on February 1st but says it will not start charging for entry to its core collections.

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