Received this in my inbox this evening:
Please help save The William Morris Gallery by signing our online petition:
The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London, is the world's 's only museum specifically devoted to the Life, Work and Influence of William Morris. Housed in the beautiful 18th century family home of William Morris (who was born in Walthamstow in 1834), the internationally renowned collection includes:
• Decorative art by William Morris is and his circle and by his followers in the Arts & Crafts Movement
• Pictures and sculpture donated by Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A .A.
• An archive of manuscripts and other material relating to Morris, his family and associates
In order to save £56,000 the local Council (Waltham Forest) has dramatically cut the opening hours to weekends and 2 afternoons per week. It is proposed the exhibits will be taken to schools, rather than schools visiting the Museum. The curator and prominent historian has lost his job, and is to be replaced by library staff as well as many other gallery staff. The cuts will lead to a dramatic decline in visitor numbers, services and will no doubt lead to the eventual closure.
The cuts effect the William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum.
The local Council do not appreciate the asset they have on their doorstep.
Please help us reverse this decision by signing the online petition and by visiting the website www.keepourmuseumsopen.org.uk where you’ll find more information and the addresses of people to write to.
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.