Mary Beard, in her Times blog, first reported news of cuts at the Museum of London, on 25th February. Since that time, details have emerged on a number of intended cuts including redundancies across senior curatorial staff.
The latest details indicate that the following reductions have occurred:
The following posts have become redundant:
1. Senior Curator (Prehistory)
2. Senior Curator (Roman)
A proposed post of combined Senior Curator (Prehistoric and Roman) has NOT been filled.
3. Senior Curator (Photographs)
4. Senior Curator (Social and Working History)
5/6. Collections Care post and Assistant Curator (Museum of London Docklands)
7/8. Senior Curator (Medieval) and Senior Curator (Oral History)
This leaves the museum without any curatorial experience on Pre-Medieval artefacts; the museum holds one of the most significant collections nationally for these periods. This situation also represents a significant loss of in-house regional expertise.
Rescue wrote to express their concern over the loss of curatorial posts on 14th March; the Museum of London’s response is also included below.