Culture Costs

On 4th February I noted the Birmingham Mail had reported on prospective entrance charges to Birmingham Museums, Pricing the cultural change from museums.

In a report of the Strategic Director of Environment and Culture to the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture for the 25th March the proposed charges for historic sites and community museums were approved.

The charges will be introduced from 1st April at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the 9th April at the other sites when they reopen for the Summer season.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery site will remain free of charge and all of the historic buildings / community museums sites will continue to offer free admission to their gardens, grounds and visitor centres throughout the open season, at least one free admission day to each entire site each month, plus a number of other free events over the course of the season.

Alongside the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery there are six historic buildings / community museum sites: Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle ruins. All are nationally important historic sites containing world-class collections.

Research was conducted across the sector together with an earlier pilot at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to set the admission charges.

Adult entry prices for example:

Botanical Gardens 7.50
Winterbourne 4.00
Thinktank 12.25
Back to Backs (National Trust NT) 6.00
Ironbridge - Blists Hill 14.60
Black Country Museum 13.60

The proposed admission charges for the sites are as follows:
• Adults £4
• Concessions £3
• Children under 16 FREE
• Annual multi site pass £16
(Sarehole Mill has slightly lower prices of £3 for adults and £2 for concessions due to it being a smaller site).

The projected income target for the first year of charging across the sites is £100,000 which is required to contribute to the Museums & Heritage Services’ efficiency savings target for 2011/12 of £1.2m.


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