Cardiff national museum may close after Gething refuses help

National Museums Wales’ Cardiff flagship may have to close and 90 jobs will be axed after the Welsh government refused to step in to help.

The Cathays Park building is in urgent need of repair and NMW chief executive Jane Richardson said that as well as the job losses there would have to be charging for exhibitions and tours, and reduced opening hours.

The group comprises seven buildings across Wales and has a £90m repair backlog. It has had a £3m reduction in its grant from the Welsh Assembly and by the end of the financial year recorded a total deficit of £4.5m.

Richardson told BBC Wales that NMW were told of the cut only at Christmas, "so it's been extremely difficult for my whole team to make a change on that scale within a matter of weeks". She said 90% of costs were for staff.

Wales’s new first minister, Vaughan Gething, said today that the NHS was his priority and he could offer no immediate help to the museums after NMW asked for special capital funding to repair the main museum’s roof.

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