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Job losses at National Art Library

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1599: tabled on 08 March 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 20 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes proposals by the management of the Victoria and Albert Museum to cut two thirds of its staff at the National Art Library, with remaining roles being under review for the next 12 months; believes that cutting services would have a devastating impact on library services and will threaten the future of this internationally important collection; applauds staff at the National Art Library who are dedicated to their roles and bring unparalleled expertise and knowledge to this unique library which currently holds almost one million items and is freely accessible to the public; further notes additional plans to close the library for at least 12 months whilst a review of its future function takes place; and therefore calls on the management and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to urgently review those proposals and allow the library to reopen upon the lifting of covid-19 lockdown restrictions and allow members of the public to once more access this cultural landmark.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.