Strike ballot over Hull's Hands on History Museum

Hull's Hands on History Museum
Image caption The museum is housed in a 16th Century building, which was the city's former grammar school

Plans to restrict the opening times of a Hull museum could lead to industrial action.

Hull City Council has closed the Hands on History Museum to the public during the week, allowing only pre-booked school groups to visit.

The decision is part of £150,000 of cuts to the city's Heritage Service, which will also lead to the loss of six posts.

A union has started the process of balloting its members about a strike.

The council said it had to cut £48m from its budget over the next two years because of a fall in its government grant.

Shaune Clarkson from the GMB union said he understood the council needed to make cuts but claimed the money to keep the museum open during the week could be found elsewhere in the budget.

'See our history'

"It's not a lot to ask," he said.

"This is going to be the City of Culture in 2017.

"We want people to come to Hull. We want people to see some of our history. We want to be open for business."

The museum, which is housed in the city's former 16th Century grammar school, now opens to the general public on alternate Saturdays.

The council's cabinet member for leisure and tourism, Terry Geraghty, claimed the cut to the museum service was small compared to cuts elsewhere within the authority.

He said the decision to reduce opening times was taken because the museum's attendance figures were low compared to others in the city.

He said: "As far as I'm concerned, the City of Culture budget comes from a different pot, the Arts Council and everywhere else.

"I would like to put more money back into the service as a whole, not just the museum service."

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