The Society has received the following email from the Directors of the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro to say that the Museum’s major source of funding is to be cut. Many mineralogists will have visited the Museum to see its superb collection of Cornish mineral specimens, including those of the Philip Rashleigh collection.
I am sorry to say we are having to write to share some devastating news with you. We were informed last week that Cornwall Council has cut all its funding to the museum.
This decision will directly lead to the imminent closure of Royal Cornwall Museum and the Courtney Library.
We are still in the process of understanding why, and the decision is even more disappointing considering the great successes we have had over the past two years. You can read more about our recent work here.
We need you to take action and voice your support now more than ever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out. We have drafted an email/letter template you can download here for you to send to your local councillor and/or the MP for Truro and Falmouth, Cherilyn Mackrory You will need to replace anything in square brackets with your own details. If you are unsure who/where to send it to, you can find out who your local councillor is and how to contact them here – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/my-area/
You can also help out if you use social media by posting messages of support, making sure you copy in Cornwall Council and the museum by using the following tags:
Facebook: @CornwallCouncil @RoyalCornwallMuseum
Twitter: @CornwallCouncil @Cornwall_Museum
Instagram: @CornwallCouncil @Cornwall_Museum
This should hopefully only take 10 minutes of your time but it could make a huge difference so we would really appreciate if you could do this for the future of the museum.
Bryony and Jonathan
Bryony Robins, Artistic Director
Jonathan Morton, Executive Director