Museum may start to charge for admission
HERITAGE bosses are considering introducing an entry fee when Peterborough Museum re-opens in the new year.
Vivacity, the city’s culture and leisure trust, is looking at the proposal to start charging visitors when the museum in Priestgate re-opens in Easter.
The trust’s heritage services manager, Sarah Stannage, said the proposal was being considered but would not confirm when a decision will be made or how much the charge could be.
She said: “We are exploring admission prices for our heritage sites but no decisions have yet been made.
“That is normal for this time of year and many other museums, charities and businesses are doing the same.”
The trust currently charges visitors £5 entry to Flag Fen and £4 to Longthorpe Tower. Admission to the museum has been free.
Miss Stannage added: “With three heritage sites now sitting within Vivacity, we are well-placed to push Peterborough’s heritage over the coming year and develop a fantastic offer for Peterborough residents.”
The possible introduction of an entry charge for the museum has been criticised by city councillor Darren Fower, who learned about the proposals during a behind-closed-doors tour of the museum last week.
He said: “I am completely opposed to the idea of charging people to enter and enjoy their own heritage.
“It was paid for and essentially owned by taxpayers for decades.
“I was not alone in my opposition and others stated quite clearly that there should be no admission charge. The argument for charging was based on the present charging at the other culture centres in the city, such as Flag Fen and Longthorpe in Tower, while the museum was previously free.”
The museum has been undergo- ing a major facelift since closing its doors in December 2010 and is scheduled to open in time for Easter 2012.
Museum staff returned to the building last week to start to put col- lections on display in the new gallery spaces and discuss future exhibitions and activities.
proposal: Vivacity bosses are considering whether to introduce an entry charge when Peterborough Museum re-opens, news which has been met with dismay from Cllr Darren Fower, left.