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Stoke museums, Council amends its proposals

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Council makes changes to its proposals for Stoke museums.
Mural, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
Mural, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has today issued a statement commenting on the recent public consultation as it sets its 2022/23 budget.
In particular, council leader Cllr Abi Brown outlines the response to residents’ concerns regarding the proposed changes and closures at the city’s much-loved museums.
The council still proposes to combine the ‘stewardship’ teams of both the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the Gladstone Pottery Museum, eventually working with the expertise of external partners ‘to enhance our ceramics curatorial offer’.
In the short term, however, until partnership arrangements with external expertise can be agreed upon, Cllr Brown says: “we will pause the proposed changes to the curatorial staffing and remove the budget reduction with a view to bringing back a preferred model in a month or two’s time.”
Regarding changes to the weekly and seasonal opening times at both venues, the council is making amendments to its original proposals.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, “will open to the public Wednesday to Sunday, we will also make Tuesdays a special day for schools where pupils can get exclusive access to the exhibitions and associated educational resources and opportunity.”
At Gladstone Pottery Museum, “rather than closing our doors to the public through the whole winter, we will seek to open around Christmas time and at February half-term with special themed events aimed at attracting families to visit.”
Two other city heritage venues which currently receive an annual council subsidy, Ford Green Hall and Etruria Industrial Museum, will be funded for one more year. The council pledges to work with each to help secure their viability into the future.
You can read Cllr Brown’s full statement by following the link below.
It is, of course, still important and timely for all concerned about the future of our heritage venues to continue to express their thoughts. Full Council meeting takes place on 24th February, when final decisions about the 22/23 budget will be made.
Police continuing community engagement in Stoke South. Go tell 'em.
The mobile police station.
The mobile police station.
Officers from Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) are continuing to visit different areas this week to engage with the local communities in order to address any concerns.
It’s your chance to go tell them what’s on your mind. The more they know, the more they’ll be able to act - in fact, the more they’ll have to act!
Here’s where you’ll find the ‘mobile police station’ this week, 10am to 3pm daily:
• Hanley Park, Shelton - Wednesday 16 February
• Trent Vale Tesco - Thursday 17 February
• Stoke Market car park - Friday 18 February
• Queens Park, Dresden - Saturday 19 February.
Speaking of last week’s events, Inspector Scott McGrath, of Staffordshire Police, said: “The overall feedback and engagement from the public was very positive.
“Officers were notified of a wide variety of issues – from anti-social behaviour to issues with derelict properties.
“Some of these concerns will require a collaborative response with our local authority partners who we continue to work closely with.
“The deployment of the mobile police station provides visibility across community hotspots and gives members of the public a great opportunity to engage with our officers, raise local concerns and seek advice across a multitude of areas.
“We are committed to these events and we hope to continue to interact with our local communities and action these concerns and queries.”
Go tell ‘em.
Exhibition: Keele University, The Body and I.
Curated by Prea G Kaur, an Indian British poet undertaking her PhD in Creative Writing at Keele University, working with photographer Adina Lawrence.
This exhibition encompasses mixed media, including photography, art and the written word. It celebrates diverse bodies, acknowledges insecurities, and focuses on power over fear.
Opens to the public on 16th February, 10am, and can be found in Keele University Art Gallery. Link above.
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