Petition supporting Hull's Hands on History Museum nears 2,000 names in City of Culture

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 April 2014

The City of Culture will close the Hands on History Museum to the general public ahead of a review of opening hours at other venues

A photo of a brown brick museum on a city street
A petition to save Hull’s Hands on History Museum from closure to the general public has received nearly 2,000 signatures in three weeks.

The 26-year-old museum, partially housed in a mid-14th century building which was once a grammar school, is expected to have its opening times restricted to pre-booked school groups in a cost-cutting measure beginning this month.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, of Hull City Council, told the Hull Daily Mail that the museum would be closed to “people just walking in from the street.” Staff are currently taking part in a consultation.

"We had to save £150,000, so something had to give,” explained the cabinet portfolio holder.

"We are looking at reducing opening times at the other museums during off-peak periods when they are traditionally not very busy.

"With Hands On History, we looked at the numbers and found that most of the 30,000 visitors who go there are on pre-booked visits, such as school parties.”

Historian Mike Covell told the Mail the decision had made him feel “disgusted” and “ashamed”.

Hull will become the UK’s next City of Culture in 2017.

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Of all our wonderful museums, this is the one that focuses on the history of the people of Hull. We had a French family staying with us last winter who were bowled over by the variety of our free museums and galleries - particularly this one with its social history focus. They have nothing like this in their French city and it made them realise why Hull received the accolade of city of culture. How sad our own council does not value this moving resource as much as Hull citizens and visitors.
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