Statement from The National Coal Mining Museum for England Thurs 7th Dec
On 6 December 2017, the Museum released a statement which set out the requirement of its status as both a national, publicly funded museum and a registered charity to maintain a position of political neutrality, along with the venue’s remit to record and protect the history of the coal mining industry and make its collections and facilities accessible to all. This was in relation to complaints and media coverage regarding a social function booking by the Dewsbury County Conservative Association at the Museum on 10 March 2018.
Over the past 24 hours, the Trustees and managers of the Museum have closely monitored and assessed the ongoing, developing situation and today, the Board of Trustees has agreed to accept the recommendation from Asparagus Green, the catering company contracted to manage the Museum’s conference and functions business, that the event booking in question should be cancelled.
The over-riding responsibility of the Museum at this time is its duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its staff and visitors as well as that of the Museum site; proposed actions by protestors to organise pickets at the site either at the time of the event or at any point in the intervening period have put this at risk.