There are plans afoot to close Lincoln's Usher Gallery. It is unbelievable that a city such as Lincoln would not have a dedicated art gallery. The Usher Gallery was bequeathed to the people of Lincoln by James Usher to house his fine and applied art collection. It was opened in 1927. It is run by Lincolnshire County Council, but the building and collection are owned by the City of Lincoln Council. Lincolnshire County Council are now proposing to close the Usher building as an art gallery and to merge the collections held there with the archaeology collections in The Collection Museum. The County Council's proposal is to use the Usher building as a wedding venue. This will deprive the people and visitors to Lincoln of seeing the art collection in the beautiful building that was purpose built to house it. We have set up this campaign to oppose these plans.
We need to tell as many people as possible about the proposals and ask them to take part in the consultation process which ends at 12 noon on Wednesday, 24 April 2019; to write to their councillors and MPs; to publicly protest against these proposals; to put forward alternative proposals; and to ask people to sign the online petition.
We have already incurred expenses for printing and website and will spend the money on campaign costs such as printing, banners and organising a public meeting.
The County Council is running a consultation to ask for people’s views on their proposals. We urge everyone to click on the link here - https://bit.ly/2X2iMtn and fill it in.