We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £29,295 from the Arts Council’s Emergency Response Fund. These much needed funds will help to offset some of the significant financial losses the museum is suffering due to the COVID-19 crisis. The grant was only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Like all heritage and cultural organisations the coronavirus outbreak has put an unbelievable strain on our finances. Salisbury Museum is an independent charitable trust so when we closed on 17 March we lost the bulk of our regular income. This comes from ticket sales, events, retail, café, educational visits and facility hire. Total closure until the beginning of July will incur an estimated loss of £43,000 (if compared with the same period in 2019).
All indications suggest that tourism and visitor numbers in 2020 will not return to normal levels. If the museum is able to reopen income levels will not be the same as in previous years. The emergency grant will help us through the next few months – supporting us to make the changes to our business model that will be essential to ensure the museum remains sustainable.
There are a number of ways you can help us through this crisis:
Become a member of the museum
If you are already a museum member, renew your membership
Use Amazon Smile for online purchases. When you shop on smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to us if you nominate the museum as your chosen charity
Make a donation. You can do this through JustGiving
Stay in touch. Our social media channels will remain a place for us all to connect and where hopefully, we can help to keep you inspired and informed. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter via our website.
Your continued support in these difficult times, is so very much appreciated.