You are here:  >   >   > 

Press Releases

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales proposes new structure

On Monday 21 January Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales began a period of consultation with its staff and partners, including the Trade Unions, regarding a proposed new structure for the organization.

The current financial climate poses unprecedented challenges for every public sector organization in Wales, and Amgueddfa Cymru is no exception. Amgueddfa Cymru is facing a reduced budget and must find £2.5m in savings over the next three years.

At the same time, the museums sector has been evolving and people’s expectations of museums are different today to what they were even a decade ago. Amgueddfa Cymru has to refocus its work to meet the changing expectations of its visitors.

Subject to the consultation, around 35 permanent posts will be lost from the current structure and, overall, around 160 posts affected in some way. Amgueddfa Cymru hopes to avoid compulsory redundancies by offering redeployment and schemes such as voluntary redundancy and early retirement.

The proposed changes will not affect the day-to-day operations of the seven national museums across Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru will continue to offer visitors quality experiences at each of its museums, which together attracted over 1.6 million people last year.

Amgueddfa Cymru also remains committed to delivering key projects such as the redevelopment of St Fagans: National History Museum, a National Museum of Natural Science and building on partnership work throughout Wales and beyond.

Amgueddfa Cymru has entered into a 90-day consultation process with its staff and other partners to fully explore all options and proposals.

Ends

For more information, please contact Catrin Taylor, Corporate Communications on (029) 2057 3185 / 07920 027067 or email catrin.taylor@museumwales.ac.uk.

Notes to editors:

The figure of 160 affected staff includes:

Those taking Voluntary Redundancy

Those taking Early Retirement

Those whose terms and conditions of employment we propose to change

Those on fixed term contracts that we do not propose to renew or extend

Those whose post does not appear in the new structure and as a result may be redeployed, transferred to another location or, if no alternative employment can be found, may be made compulsory redundant.

Date: 24 January 2013
« Back to news headlines
  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.