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Statement from museum directors

'We welcome the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s declaration of support for the UK cultural sector and announcement of funding for museums and galleries. HM Government has recognised its duty of care for the national collections, held in trust for the benefit of the people of this country and of the whole world to enjoy and learn from forever.

Our national museums are amongst the most entrepreneurial in the world and the economic impact of COVID-19 has proved particularly damaging to our finances. Emergency assistance this year will enable us both to care for the collections and secure safe, free access to our galleries.

We now look forward to engaging with the Comprehensive Spending Review to secure a longer-term financial settlement, with a truly sustainable balance of self-generated income and government funding. 

British museums and galleries are the anchor of our cultural life, both a key draw for inbound tourism and a central pillar of the UK soft-power strategy abroad. Our spaces share open learning experiences in science, history and the arts for the widest public. Across the country, in partnerships with councils, communities and schools, we boost regeneration, inclusion, and growth.

Only a forward-looking, ambitious partnership with Government, extending beyond the immediate crisis, will ensure our ongoing capacity to promote a truly Global Britain and spread opportunity.'

Maria Balshaw, Tate
Ian Blatchford, Science Museum Group
Mike Dixon, Natural History Museum
Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery
Hartwig Fischer, British Museum
Tristram Hunt, Victoria and Albert Museum

Part of the Science Museum Group