Defend our libraries, museums & galleries

Defend our libraries, museums & galleries

Saturday 05 November 2016 at 11:00-18:00

Join the march and rally to defend our libraries, museums & galleries. The march takes place on Saturday 5 November 2016 in London. It will start from the British Library and end outside the House of Commons for a rally. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is supporting the protest, as are a number of unions.

Since the advent of austerity in 2010, The UK has seen the loss of:

  • 8,000 paid and trained library workers; 
  • 343 libraries (600-plus including ones that have been handed to volunteers); 
  • One in five regional museums havebeen at least partially closed.

There has also been:

  • Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut 
  • Budgets, education programmes and mobile/housebound/specialist services slashed 
  • An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation 
  • A 93 per cent increase in the use of volunteers in libraries 
  • Income generation become the priority for almost 80 per cent of museums.

This is a crisis and not an opportunity. Users, staff, campaigners and unions need to unite and fight before it’s too late. Unite with PCS Culture Sector, Barnet Unison & Save Barnet Libraries, and Campaign for the Book have called for a national demonstration to highlight the ‘clear and present danger’ to our national library service. Remember, remember, support the protest on 5 November!

Find out more on the Facebook event page. 5 November demo 2