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Jobs to go at museum's new home

Urbis
Urbis will close at the end of February

More than 60 jobs are under threat at Manchester's Urbis, the new home of the National Football Museum.

The exhibition space will shut at the end of February, with 66 posts to go - about half the workforce, a report to Manchester City councillors says.

Controversial plans for the museum to leave Preston North End's Deepdale stadium were revealed in October.

The updated report on the development of the new museum will be presented to the council's Executive on Wednesday.

A total of 73 posts are under threat and 66 will be made redundant. The remaining seven will become part of a "transition team" which will help develop the new museum.

'New roles'

A Manchester City Council spokesman said: "Urbis will be closed to visitors until it re-opens as the National Football Museum next summer.

"A staffing structure for this transition period has been designed by the Director of Urbis and staff are being fully consulted about this.

"Urbis is working closely with the city council to support staff at risk to help them find suitable new roles within the city council and elsewhere.

"It should be stressed that when the National Football Museum re-opens in Manchester new operational jobs will be created.

"Although some redundancies are unavoidable in the short term while Urbis is closed for remodelling, there will of course be new roles in the National Football Museum at Urbis as it welcomes up to 400,000 visitors a year - substantially more than the quarter of a million visitors a year which Urbis attracted."

Preston City Council opposed the move, but the museum has said it hoped to keep a "public face" in the city if funding can be secured.

The museum has a 34,000-item collection, which includes the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and the oldest FA Cup trophy.



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