Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

Culture and arts are necessary for our community

In times of austerity, it can be easy to argue that culture and arts are not so necessary.

To say that these are things we can do without I think this misses the point entirely.

Reflecting on our history, the beautiful things around us, and the power of music, film and theatre is part of what makes us human, and I am not surprised by the number of my constituents who express concern when our cultural institutions are under threat.

That is why I am pleased that Cllr Phil Davies announced the other week that Labour will act to protect the Williamson Art Gallery from closure.

At no extra cost to the taxpayer, it has altered the budget for the gallery to give time for a group of committed enthusiasts to come up with a business plan. This beloved gallery is part of our Wirral heritage and I am pleased that Labour are saving it.

Of course this news comes hot on the heels of announcement that National. Museums Liverpool are to invest £2.4m into the crown jewel of Wirral's heritage – the Lady Lever Art Gallery. This is a place I love to visit myself, and often wander round there when I have time.

This investment will be spent on improving the South Gallery space, as well as new exhibits, and making the current collection more accessible. The project will also contain new educational resources for our local schools and community, encompassing a flexible learning space which will include a school lunch room, workshop space, and storytelling and activity areas.

The gallery is holding a drop-in session with the architects on February 27 from 2-4pm so that you can learn more about this exciting project.

For more details visit http://s.coop/1u5g7

 

By Alison McGovern for the Wirral News 

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