Cultural centers

Response to the withdrawal of cultural investments from the Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornish Museum has expressed bewilderment over the withdrawal of its funding after a failed application to the Cornish Council’s Cultural and Creative Investment Scheme.

The museum thanked the public for their “overwhelming” support and asked them to “show their support and fight for their museum by writing to the council” and supporting them on social media.

Cornwall Council said a “wide variety of organizations and groups” have successfully applied for the funding, however concerns have been raised that institutions such as the Royal Cornwall Museum could be forced to close due to losing a share of the pot.

Executive Director Jonathan Morton said: “We have been overwhelmed with support in letters, emails, phone calls and on social media following the announcement that Cornwall Council has decided to cut funding to the Museum of Cornwall.

“The support for the museum from people in Cornwall and beyond has been incredible and reflects what people think of their museum.

“The Royal Cornwall Museum is a community hub – it holds the history of Cornwall and it is a resource for the whole of Cornwall.

“We are the guardians of a million objects, manuscripts and artifacts that document 4,000 years of our history.

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“We hold the treasures of Cornwall in this building.

“We are also an education center – 6,000 young people from almost every primary school in Cornwall visit us each year.

“The museum is a key part of the tapestry that makes Cornwall unique and draws people, tourism and funding to Cornwall and Truro.”

Artistic Director Bryony Robins said: “We are baffled that after supporting our transformation and being so positive about the huge developments the museum has made, the board has now done so.

“Month after month we see an increase in the number of visitors, and an increase compared to what we saw before Covid, although it is a really difficult time for museums.

“Reducing funding during a fiscal year is unprecedented and prevents us from approaching alternative funders and faces a very real threat of closure.

“This decision is even more puzzling due to the level of positive support council has shown recently, helping us apply for national funding and putting us at the heart of their municipal fund bid.

“We ask people to continue to show their support and fight for their museum by writing to the council and supporting us on social media.

“In the meantime, we will continue to seek urgent dialogue with Cornwall Council.”