Recommendations will be made to Cabinet

The future delivery of museums, libraries and archives will be discussed by Herefordshire Council’s General Scrutiny Committee on Monday 9 April 2018

Like other councils across the country, Herefordshire is reviewing the way it runs its museum, library and archives service as budget savings demand the prioritisation of services. The services currently cost the council over £1.5 million each year to run. The General Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider ways of keeping libraries and museums open across the county, with the help of volunteers, investment, income generation and long term planning.

Herefordshire Council recently demonstrated its commitment to museum, library and archive services by investing in the state of the art Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre (HARC) and the refurbishment of the Black and White House Museum. However, as Herefordshire Council faces increased pressure on budgets and the removal of Government funding by 2020, the General Scrutiny Committee will be asked to offer views on how these service can be delivered sustainably in the future. 

Councillor Sebastian Bowen, Chairman of Herefordshire Council’s General Scrutiny Committee, said:

“The General Scrutiny Committee will seek to fully understand the issues affecting these services and the implications this may have for its users. We will help identify opportunities that will allow these services to thrive in the county. These recommendations - made by General Scrutiny Committee - will support Herefordshire Council Cabinet to make its decision for the future of these services that are important to thousands of people across Herefordshire.”  

Herefordshire Council has been in consultation with service user groups and service users since 2013. Herefordshire Council Cabinet will consider the recommendations made by the General Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 10 May 2018. The future resilience of museum, libraries and archive services documents can be found on the council website.

Published: 29th March 2018