Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery is cutting its opening times to help to help the Covid-19 cash-strapped council balance the books.

As of November, the popular venue in Riversley Park will only be open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council says the new two-day opening is likely to last until “sometime in the New Year”.

The council says the decision was not taken lightly, but added that it had to be taken due to the financial challenges the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Town Hall.

All team members will be employed on site where possible or will be re-deployed to support other vacant posts within the council.



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‘Interim measure’

Councillor Ian Lloyd, cabinet member for arts and leisure at the Town Hall, explained: “The museum and art gallery plays an important role in the borough’s culture offer and is highly valued by the council and the local community.

“We continue to face some very difficult and challenging decisions over the coming months to ensure that our services can be resumed once they are in a position to do so.

“We highly value the commitment and expertise of our employees at the museum and as soon as we are able, we will ensure they are brought back into their usual roles so that they are able to promptly restart their usual, fantastic programme of services.

“The decision to temporarily reduce delivery has not been taken lightly but we feel, at this time, that this interim measure is crucial to support the council as a whole and place us in a good position for the New Year. We will of course continue to review the situation in line with the pandemic.”

The tea room will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays as well as on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week, while the museum is closed to the public.

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