The council would like to set the record straight following a number of wholly inaccurate media reports and can confirm that it is not closing Erewash Museum and that further investment is envisaged in the years to come.
The council is aware of residents and patrons concerns and will do everything within its power to support the museum – we will be working with the Friends of the Museum and other partners to find a resolution, however the fact remains that the council has had to manage a substantial funding gap to meet this year’s budget which has meant difficult choices having to be taken – this includes focussing public resources on days of the week when both families and residents are more likely to visit the museum.
The council continues to invest in the museum as demonstrated recently with confirmed funding of £100k following a successful bid to the Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund – this will help pay for a new events coordinator and to stage new and enhanced events at the museum over the next two years.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“I am disappointed at seeing posts going out about the museum that are incorrect and I am really pleased to say that the new investment will help provide additional events and activities on days of the week that are more accessible, particularly for families and residents in Ilkeston and further afield. The museum is a valuable asset for the local community and the council will continue to provide the necessary support and at the same time demonstrate value for money for local tax payers. We hope that the recent investment for events will encourage more people to visit in the future and take part in all that the museum has to offer.”