Campaign to save Croydon’s museums and heritage collection

The Croydon Guardian has launched a campaign to try to salvage the borough’s archive and history collections in the face of the Council’s latest cuts.

On Monday night the cabinet considered proposals to shut the local studies library, slash the museum exhibitions, cut the summer festival, close the David Lean cinema and cancel all Clocktower events, saving between £150,000 and £1.5m.

The council plans, now open to public consultation, include proposals to close down the Museum of Croydon, which gets 80,000 visitors a year.

The local studies library, which houses Croydon’s priceless historic treasures, has more than 4,000 visitors and up to 2,000 remote enquiries a year. It is already operating on reduced opening hours and could have its hours slashed even further, with a drastic option to close it all together.

Up to 35 staff face losing their jobs.

Tony Newman, the Labour group leader, said: “This is barbaric. The message we are sending out by closing our museum and local studies library is that Croydon is shut for business. This will have a huge impact on local history groups and the children of the borough. This is attack on both the past and the future of our borough.”

The archives are also home to some of the oldest and most iconic photographs of Croydon.

Tell the council how much you treasure our heritage by emailing artsconsult@croydon.gov.uk or write to A and H, 10th Floor, Taberner House, Park Lane CR9 3BT.

And you can sign the Croydon Guardian’s online petition by clicking here

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