Statement from The Peace Museum
Due to the current circumstances surrounding coronavirus (Covid-19) see below the statement from The Peace Museum Team detailing our current focus and how the museum is coping with the changing environment.
The Peace Museum is currently closed due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, and will remain so until government advice changes.
Our work does continue, with our dedicated team of staff working from home, caring for the collection where possible, keeping in touch with our visitors and supporters, creating digital content for our social media channels, and working on learning activity packs for parents, carers and teachers to use to engage their children.
Last year alone, we worked directly with well over 13,000 participants, exploring our peace heritage and inspiring the change makers of the future. We will do everything in our power to ensure this vital work continues way beyond the current situation.
As a small independent museum that does not receive local or national government funding, the museum always relies on support from donors and supporters, alongside undertaking fundraising, applying for grants, and raising our income from shop sales, education and outreach work.
As we do not charge for visitors to enter the museum, the closure of the building is not having an immediate impact on our financial situation. Longer term, changes to the grant funding landscape will certainly have consequences, particularly in relation to our plans to move site, which is of vital importance to our continued growth and success.
As custodians of a collection of national significance, we have spent the past 5 years working hard to build our capacity to manage in difficult scenarios and we are now in a position whereby our current reserves are sufficient. The collection and the museum and its staff are secure and we look forward to continuing our work and reopening when it’s safe to do so.