Ludlow Museum Resource Centre staffing is to be reduced from three people to just a half time post based in Shrewsbury from April. The person in this post will serve the MRC as well as other facilities around the county. That means limited opening hours here in Ludlow and that volunteers and researchers will be turned away from our world class collections.
Scholars come here from across the country. We hold these collections not just for Ludlow, but for all Shropshire and the world beyond. We have a civic duty to allow access to them. Shropshire Council’s plans are antediluvian. The council fails to understand the value of the collections to the community, to worldwide research and to our local economy.
If we get 1,000 signatures, the cutbacks must be discussed at a full Shropshire Council meeting. The signatures will also demonstrate how committed people in Ludlow and Shropshire are to what one expert has called “a real gem, an amazing resource”.