Business plan means visitors get free entry to museum

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FREE entry to a city’s museum has been granted to everyone.

Councillors have voted to make Chichester’s Novium – which holds thousands of artefacts dating back to Roman times – free from November.

Since the multimillion-pound museum opened two years ago, the council has been looking for ways to offer free entry.

‘We have listened to our visitors and have been working on ways that would enable us to make the museum free for everyone,’ said Councillor Myles Cullen, who is in charge of commercial services at Chichester District Council.

‘Our museum team has been carrying out a great deal of work behind the scenes and has put us in a position where we can explore alternative forms of funding. They have also taken on board people’s comments and made significant improvements and so now is the time for us to offer free entry to everyone.

‘We now want to encourage people to support their local museum by making a donation; using our shop; or even using our new tea and coffee facilities.

‘This will make a big difference in helping the museum to go from strength to strength. This approach has worked for other museums across the country and so we believe that this will work for our museum. We are also planning to offer lots of exciting activities for the whole family – including crafts, games and expand our special events – many of which are already sold out.’

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