Following a “wretched few months of isolation, loss, and anxiety” for the British public, “the reopening of museums – whose galleries speak to the creative, resilient power of the human spirit – will provide solace and inspiration as Britain looks to the future,” according to a collective statement released by the directors.

“Our collections are held in trust not to be hidden away, but to be discussed, challenged, and loved: a role of particular significance as we reflect on current debates around crucial issues including racial equality, social justice, and climate change,” the statement continues.

Art Fund – Going Places – Oct 2023

Directorial despatch

The statement is attributed to:

Maria Balshaw, Tate
Ian Blatchford, Science Museum Group
Mike Dixon, Natural History Museum
Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery
Hartwig Fischer, British Museum
Tristram Hunt, Victoria and Albert Museum

The six senior figures in the sector say they will “now work closely with government, trade unions and supporters to see how and when we can open our doors again in a financially sustainable manner, for the long term”.

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