We’re proposing to reduce opening hours at our museum and art gallery from 39.5 to 35 hours per week.
We’ve now launched a consultation and the public has until Monday 14 August 2017 to give us their views on the proposals.
We’re appealing to the public to get involved and offer suggestions as to how the museum and art gallery could be kept open at certain times, for example by people volunteering their time to support the service.
Currently the museum and art gallery is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and until 5pm on Saturday. It also opens from 10.30am to 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays from Easter to the end of September.
The proposals would see the museum and art gallery, in Terrace Road, open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday to Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays from Easter to the end of September.
Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is popular and well-used and has just undergone an extensive refurbishment which we are extremely proud of.
“Work is also on-going to ensure as many of the displays and collections as possible are accessible digitally, therefore making them available to a worldwide audience at all times.
“However, just like councils up and down the country, we are having to make some changes to how we do things, ensuring we use our budget as efficiently and effectively as possible, providing the best value for money.
“We believe this proposal would have only a small impact on visitors to the museum and art gallery but would help us to achieve savings of up to £30,000.
“We’re open to suggestions and one option could be seeking volunteers to help the existing staff to keep the museum and art gallery open at certain times. There are some volunteers already supporting the work there so we’re hoping more people will come forward and register their interest.
“I would urge people to take part in the consultation and give us their views.”
The results of the consultation will be reported to our Cabinet in the autumn when a decision will be taken on the proposals.
Paper copies of the questionnaire are available from Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and people can also give their views by filling out the questionnaire online.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is Monday 14 August 2017.