As at many arts institutions in the United States and around the world, loss of visitor attendance due to the pandemic has led to dire financial straits at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Long a leader in the field of decorative arts, the museum is currently planning to restructure its curatorial departments to meet a leaner budget. As recounted in articles on artnet and Artforum, the proposed plan would dissolve the museum’s material specific departments and reorganize instead by time period, laying off some 20% of staff in the process.
Cuts are expected to be even more dire at the Victoria and Albert’s National Art Library, with two-thirds of staff expected to lose their jobs, as reported in ArtReview. Public outcry halted the nearby Wallace Collection’s library’s plan to close to the public last month. A change.org petition started by Stephen Warwick hopes to force a similar reconsideration at the National Art Library.
To sign the petition to oppose the cuts and access restrictions at the Victoria and Albert’s National Art Library, please click here.