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SAVE SALFORD HERITAGE DEMANDS PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CUTS
 

Star date: 7th March 2013

CAMPAIGN DEMANDS SALFORD COUNCIL COME CLEAN OVER CULTURE AND HERITAGE CUTS…

Workers, campaigners and volunteers joined forces at a well attended public meeting in Ordsall last night to demand that Salford Council has a public consultation on proposals to cut jobs and services at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford Local History Library and Ordsall Hall.

Furious volunteers who help out at the venues swore not to go along with possible Council plans for them to cover paid posts that would be axed. The cuts come as the Salford Star can reveal that virtually no young people in Broughton attended shows at the £727,000 Salford Council funded Lowry.

Full details here…


Save Salford's Heritage The Lowry Table Showing No Young People In Salford Going There
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"If The Lowry audience for 2011-12 from M7 were 100 people…none would be young people." Lowry Evaluation Report

At the Royal Legion in Ordsall last night, campaigners, culture workers and volunteers gathered to demand that Salford Council has a proper public consultation over plans to decimate heritage services in the city.

"Salford Community Leisure and Salford City Council are not having a consultation with the public over these cuts" said a UNISON heritage steward "We don't feel that it is right that no-one is asking for the public's opinion."

Proposals include Ordsall Hall being shut on Fridays to facilitate private weddings, Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Salford Local History Library closing for a further day, and at least eight heritage posts getting axed. At the public meeting representatives from each of the cut services spoke passionately about the work they do and the affect the cuts will have…

Cutting the Learning Service by one day a week will mean that school children getting educational sessions at Ordsall Hall will be turned away from the already over popular sessions.

Cutting the Memories Matter project which takes museum objects and picture packs to care homes and day centres, will mean less support for older people suffering with the onset of dementia. The meeting was told that other museums come to Salford for advice on setting up such important projects.

Cutting two part time posts at Salford Local History Library will mean it would barely function with just one member of staff and less opening hours.

A volunteer from Ordsall Hall added that there were possible proposals for volunteers to take over should the Council proposals go through.

"We will not take over any paid person's job" she said "We will not do it. They are the experts and we are just there to assist. It's not on."

The volunteers, culture workers and campaigners argued that the public had a right to know about the cuts and the social significance of the cuts, and should have the right to comment on them through a public consultation. As well as petitions that are circulating in print and online (see below) it was decided by the meeting to demand a public consultation.

A UNISON rep said that for Salford Council it should be a question of priorities…

"Over the road is The Lowry but how many people can afford to use it? And how much Council subsidy does it get?" he asked "Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall are free to use. In terms of art what is their priority?"

His argument is, to some extent, borne out by an internal Lowry report, seen by the Salford Star.

The Evaluation Report on a £85,000 Arts Council funded Walkabout project in Broughton also looked at The Lowry's attraction in the area, or M7 postcode, and concluded…

"The numbers of tickets and value of tickets purchased from this area is increasing, but the numbers of young people and school groups is decreasing" it stated "The main barrier to engagement with The Lowry that the research identified was cost. Several interviewees at the Community Fun Day event said they wanted to attend events at The Lowry but could not afford the cost of transportation or tickets."

Even discount ticket sales for schools and children were decreasing, while a table showed that `If The Lowry audience for 2011-12 from M7 were 100 people… `none would be young people'.

To sign the online petition against cuts to Salford Museum and Art Gallery - click here

To sign the online petition against cuts to Ordsall Hall - click here

Printed petitions are also available - further details see Support Salford Museum Facebook group


To read previous Salford Star articles on cuts to Salford Heritage Services - click here for Salford Museum and Art Gallery and click here for Ordsall Hall

mary ferrer wrote
at 1:34:31 AM on Sunday, March 10, 2013
Regarding The Mansion house this Council is not very hot on Heritage or our history, but god they can't be that thick that they would ever think of knocking the Mansion down. Its a grade 2 listed building and the only way they could try to do anything so criminal would be to go down the health and safety route by saying it was falling down and god help them if they ever tried that one.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 10:29:10 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2013
is their any truth that Salford council is going to allow the demolition of the grade two listed mansion in Buile Hill Park. can the star investigate.
 
life is loud wrote
at 10:28:12 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2013
I love the Lowry theatre I have been to several productions and it is first class we need theatres and the arts I know its not every bodies cup of tea but we need creative thinkers or else it would be a very dull and boring world
 
Amazed wrote
at 2:27:23 PM on Friday, March 8, 2013
Well hats off to The Lowry for putting a statement on here and not "doing a Gena", they have made a few points a bit clearer without shouting lies, manipulation, and conspiracy. Whilst i don't feel the clowncil should be funding what i think is a waste of money while other services are being cut, at least The Lowry have had the balls to come on here to defend their position without trying to silence their critics with spin and decepection, it's just a shame the councilors who are supposed to listen and represent us will not do the same.
 
The Lowry wrote
at 11:05:22 AM on Friday, March 8, 2013
The Lowry puts on a programme of productions and exhibitions designed to appeal to everyone. We constantly work with young people across the city, helping them find their creative talent, develop skills and enjoy the arts. The report referenced in the above article is an evaluation report specifically commissioned for “The Lowry on Walkabout”. This project is just one example of how we are working to make a difference to more people in Salford. The full evaluation report was produced independently and is available to everyone on our website. Walkabout is all about celebrating creativity and talent in Salford. Since 2007, Walkabout has worked across communities in Little Hulton, Eccles, Winton and Barton, and Ordsall and Langworthy. As this article acknowledges, the Walkabout project in Lower Broughton was funded by Arts Council England, but it was made possible through the talent and enthusiasm of more than 2,500 Broughton residents involved in the project. Walkabout was created to work within the community; not to bring people into The Lowry. Nonetheless, in the past twelve months, we have seen a 10% growth in audiences from Broughton, and the number of schools engaging with our education programme has doubled. All the Walkabout participants, along with The Lowry, are incredibly proud of what was achieved. Broughton’s Brightest, is a video giving a voice to the incredible talent alive in Broughton. You can find it, along with the evaluation report, at: http://www.thelowry.com/get-involved/community/walkabout/ Finally, we know that price is a barrier to the arts, which is why we set up the Our Lowry scheme, offering free and discounted tickets to Salford residents. There are now more than 10,000 members from across Salford, but we still want more people to join. You can find more information here: http://www.thelowry.com/get-involved/community/our-lowry/
 
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