Cuts announced at National Railway Museum

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THE National Railway Museum is to slash the opening hours of its world class library and archive centre as part of a money-saving drive.

The centre, known as Search Engine, gives people the chance to drop in and get help with railway-related questions, research railway topics, access original material from the York museum’s archives, listen to oral history recordings from people who've worked on the railways and watch railway films.

It can currently be visited seven days a week but, from March 17, it will only be open four days a week, from Wednesday to Saturday.

A spokeswoman said the new opening hours would result in a reduction in both the number of posts and hours worked by Search Engine staff, with three people leaving.

She said the museum had considered a number of different options, including some constructive counter-proposals.

“The resulting changes balance our commitment to providing personal access to the archives for the public with the need to make savings in a difficult financial situation.” she said.

“We will still provide an excellent level of service, by opening the Search Engine facility to the public four days per week and continuing to make resources available online for remote access.”

She said the four days fitted best with when current users were accessing Search Engine.

Museum director Paul Kirkman said in an email to staff that the decisions had not been taken lightly.

“Everyone involved in the service has worked extremely hard to make Search Engine the world class research facility that it is but, unfortunately, economic necessity means that we can no longer afford to have a library and archive service open seven days a week,” he said.

Meanwhile, the museum has been buoyed by a big rise in visitor numbers last year to 931,000. Mr Kirkman said the increase was mainly due to the staggering success of its Mallard75 series of events.

“Our Great Gatherings of all six steam survivors set new visitor records at both our York and Shildon sites and now the season is over we hope that people will still flock to see the record breaker at its York home,” he said.

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8:24am Fri 14 Mar 14

CaroleBaines says...

Not quite the horror the headline suggests, but still a shame, especially for those who may lose their employment.
Not quite the horror the headline suggests, but still a shame, especially for those who may lose their employment. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 11

8:31am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -34

8:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

Here comes the uneducated York lefties to down vote me who have absolutely no idea about economics.
Here comes the uneducated York lefties to down vote me who have absolutely no idea about economics. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -44

8:59am Fri 14 Mar 14

Haywire says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Here comes the uneducated York lefties to down vote me who have absolutely no idea about economics.
Well that is a bit of a stunning quote from somebody who, I assume, regards themselves as "educated"!

I use the Search Engine frequently, and I do think that this is a particularly retrograde step. I hope that anybody displaced will be able to find another post within the NRM.

However, and returning to our "educated" one, York Council has absolutely nothing to do with the management and running of the NRM.
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Here comes the uneducated York lefties to down vote me who have absolutely no idea about economics.[/p][/quote]Well that is a bit of a stunning quote from somebody who, I assume, regards themselves as "educated"! I use the Search Engine frequently, and I do think that this is a particularly retrograde step. I hope that anybody displaced will be able to find another post within the NRM. However, and returning to our "educated" one, York Council has absolutely nothing to do with the management and running of the NRM. Haywire
  • Score: 29

9:01am Fri 14 Mar 14

metsaagain says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services....
then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services.... then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know... metsaagain
  • Score: 32

9:09am Fri 14 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity?
What does this story have to do with the council?

If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors?

New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed.
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity? What does this story have to do with the council? If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors? New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 22

9:30am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc

ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity?
What does this story have to do with the council?

If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors?

New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed.
Yorks labour council has destroyed York over the years though
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity? What does this story have to do with the council? If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors? New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed.[/p][/quote]Yorks labour council has destroyed York over the years though yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -46

9:30am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc

ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity?
What does this story have to do with the council?

If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors?

New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed.
York council only cares about the tourists
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]Where do readers begin on your trolling? Or is it unfathomable stupidity? What does this story have to do with the council? If York is destroyed as you say, how is it that I'm at work now as are thousands of others in this pretty city? How is it that town is filling up already with shoppers and visitors? New Orleans, that's destroyed. Fukushima, that's destroyed.[/p][/quote]York council only cares about the tourists yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -42

9:33am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

metsaagain wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc

ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services....
then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...
Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts.
[quote][p][bold]metsaagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services.... then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...[/p][/quote]Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -41

10:11am Fri 14 Mar 14

yorkandproud says...

Record numbers of visitors at the NRM, yet cuts are being made to opening hours of the search engine. During the "great gathering" , visitors gathered greatly too. Yet I heard some people say that souvenirs for this event were very poor, or sold out. Perhaps the NRM is missing a trick on its souvenir sales and availability, and revenue is being lost that could have supported the opening hours in the archives. Just a thought.
Record numbers of visitors at the NRM, yet cuts are being made to opening hours of the search engine. During the "great gathering" , visitors gathered greatly too. Yet I heard some people say that souvenirs for this event were very poor, or sold out. Perhaps the NRM is missing a trick on its souvenir sales and availability, and revenue is being lost that could have supported the opening hours in the archives. Just a thought. yorkandproud
  • Score: 10

10:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

The Great Buda says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
Quoted for Posterity.

What a stunning statement.
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]Quoted for Posterity. What a stunning statement. The Great Buda
  • Score: 11

11:52am Fri 14 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

SMG of which the NRM is part of also controls many sites in the UK and is profitable. Company check, which publishes details of company assets on line at www.companycheck.co.
uk, reveals that the Science Museum Foundation has assets of £11,515,322 and liabilities of only £2,269.

These figures from June 2013 surely makes the necessity to have a "money saving drive" at the NRM, with the loss of jobs it entails, quite unjustified.
SMG of which the NRM is part of also controls many sites in the UK and is profitable. Company check, which publishes details of company assets on line at www.companycheck.co. uk, reveals that the Science Museum Foundation has assets of £11,515,322 and liabilities of only £2,269. These figures from June 2013 surely makes the necessity to have a "money saving drive" at the NRM, with the loss of jobs it entails, quite unjustified. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Percy Filth says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
metsaagain wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc


ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services....
then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...
Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts.
Er...we had to bail out the banks to the tune of £120bn, get your facts right.
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]metsaagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services.... then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...[/p][/quote]Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts.[/p][/quote]Er...we had to bail out the banks to the tune of £120bn, get your facts right. Percy Filth
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Fri 14 Mar 14

kirchheim says...

Yorkllabourcouncilsu
cks surely must be some kind of puerile online comedian who hopes to gain attention with ridiculously outrageous remarks. If not, and he is serious, then it is clearly time for him to get some facts straight!
Yorkllabourcouncilsu cks surely must be some kind of puerile online comedian who hopes to gain attention with ridiculously outrageous remarks. If not, and he is serious, then it is clearly time for him to get some facts straight! kirchheim
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

Percy Filth wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc

ks
wrote:
metsaagain wrote:
yorklabourcouncilsuc



ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services....
then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...
Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts.
Er...we had to bail out the banks to the tune of £120bn, get your facts right.
That isnt the only reason were in this debt now. It was also because of labours outrageously retarded spending.
[quote][p][bold]Percy Filth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]metsaagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]erm...what has this got to do with cuts at the NRM? It's not centrally funded by York City Council...even if it was, presumably as a conservative you'd be arguing for the council to follow the austerity agenda and not fund non-essential, peripheral services.... then again, I'm an uneducated York lefty, what do I know...[/p][/quote]Can't have what you can't afford... Except labour who can bankrupt our country, blame the banks for it then complain about cuts.[/p][/quote]Er...we had to bail out the banks to the tune of £120bn, get your facts right.[/p][/quote]That isnt the only reason were in this debt now. It was also because of labours outrageously retarded spending. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -58

5:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

kirchheim wrote:
Yorkllabourcouncilsu

cks surely must be some kind of puerile online comedian who hopes to gain attention with ridiculously outrageous remarks. If not, and he is serious, then it is clearly time for him to get some facts straight!
The country isn't in debt just cos of the banks... Labours spending an decisions were shockingly appalling.
[quote][p][bold]kirchheim[/bold] wrote: Yorkllabourcouncilsu cks surely must be some kind of puerile online comedian who hopes to gain attention with ridiculously outrageous remarks. If not, and he is serious, then it is clearly time for him to get some facts straight![/p][/quote]The country isn't in debt just cos of the banks... Labours spending an decisions were shockingly appalling. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -59

6:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
You could begin by getting your facts right. This is absolutely nothing to do with CoYC. The NRM is an outpost of the Science Museum, thus a national museum. Nothing to do with the city of York per se. The article nowhere mentions CoYC. As for the marxist revolutionary clique of fellow travelling useful idiots who were not only responsible for the global economic downturn but also the First and Second World Wars AND the Wars of The Roses, they seem to have presided over York gaining part of the Le Grand Départ and having been put into,the top ten of European small cities for economic achievement by the Financial Times. Some destruction. There's only one thing sad here.
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]You could begin by getting your facts right. This is absolutely nothing to do with CoYC. The NRM is an outpost of the Science Museum, thus a national museum. Nothing to do with the city of York per se. The article nowhere mentions CoYC. As for the marxist revolutionary clique of fellow travelling useful idiots who were not only responsible for the global economic downturn but also the First and Second World Wars AND the Wars of The Roses, they seem to have presided over York gaining part of the Le Grand Départ and having been put into,the top ten of European small cities for economic achievement by the Financial Times. Some destruction. There's only one thing sad here. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 7

9:05pm Fri 14 Mar 14

piemagico says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
SMG of which the NRM is part of also controls many sites in the UK and is profitable. Company check, which publishes details of company assets on line at www.companycheck.co.

uk, reveals that the Science Museum Foundation has assets of £11,515,322 and liabilities of only £2,269.

These figures from June 2013 surely makes the necessity to have a "money saving drive" at the NRM, with the loss of jobs it entails, quite unjustified.
You're mixing up the balance sheet and the profit & loss account. The strong balance sheet tells you that the group owns some assets (its buildings and exhibits I'd guess). It does not tell you that the group is profitable. Presumably if the NRM did not cut costs then it would start making a loss. The only way it could cover this loss would be by selling assets or increasing loans/liabilities, neither of which is sustainable.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: SMG of which the NRM is part of also controls many sites in the UK and is profitable. Company check, which publishes details of company assets on line at www.companycheck.co. uk, reveals that the Science Museum Foundation has assets of £11,515,322 and liabilities of only £2,269. These figures from June 2013 surely makes the necessity to have a "money saving drive" at the NRM, with the loss of jobs it entails, quite unjustified.[/p][/quote]You're mixing up the balance sheet and the profit & loss account. The strong balance sheet tells you that the group owns some assets (its buildings and exhibits I'd guess). It does not tell you that the group is profitable. Presumably if the NRM did not cut costs then it would start making a loss. The only way it could cover this loss would be by selling assets or increasing loans/liabilities, neither of which is sustainable. piemagico
  • Score: 5

8:51am Sat 15 Mar 14

perplexed says...

yorklabourcouncilsuc
ks
wrote:
Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are?

Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that.

We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.
This had got to be a wind up. No one can be this daft and expect to be taken seriously. I am sure you are a credit to your party !
[quote][p][bold]yorklabourcouncilsuc ks[/bold] wrote: Where do I begin on how unfathomably dumb York council are? Going by a socialist agenda rather than a conservative common sense is cancerous to a society and York labour council proves that. We've seen them destroy York and it's very sad indeed.[/p][/quote]This had got to be a wind up. No one can be this daft and expect to be taken seriously. I am sure you are a credit to your party ! perplexed
  • Score: 10

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