Rebuttal – Santa “axed” in council cuts

By on 04/12/2013 in Rebuttals

Today's Birmingham Mail has a front page headline that claims “council cuts” are responsible for a decision by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) to axe a Santa's grotto attraction at the venue.

This claim is misleading. BMAG is run by Birmingham Museums Trust. The trust makes operational decisions relating to its resources such as whether a grotto is provided as an attraction for visitors.

Council cuts have not axed Santa's grotto. This is the result of a decision made by Birmingham Museums Trust.

The council has a range of Christmas activities that it is offering and supporting this year including a Christmas Parade, the largest German Market outside of Germany and Austria, and the successful return of an outdoor ice rink to the city centre.

In addition to this we are pleased to offer children the chance to see Santa at the Nature Centre.
Sessions, which must be booked in advance, take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December.  Call 0121 472 7775 to book tickets.

The Search for Santa at the Lickey Hills on 22 December is fully booked. 

Birmingham Museums themselves have a Christmas programme which includes the following:

6 December, 1 - 3pm, Weoley Castle ruins, Green Wreath workshop, £10 per family.

7 December, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, costumed guided tours all day, 1-5pm – Carol singing by Enchant Choir, 1-3pm – Xmas themed make and take activity.

9 - 13 December, 11am, there will be special Christmas Tours, where visitors can see Blakesley Hall decorated for Christmas and enjoy a warming mug of hot berry punch and a mince pie, £8.

13 December, Weoley Castle, Beautiful Christmas Baubles workshop, 12-2pm, £6.

14 December, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Make & Take Craft: Festive Giftwrap workshop, 1.30- 4pm, £1 per person (this session is designed for children aged 6 plus but interested adults are welcome to join in and create their own giftwrap).

14 December, Blakesley Hall.  Visitors can experience a classic Victorian Christmas.  SOLD OUT.

15 December, 2.30 - 4pm, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Christmas Carols and other festive tunes by the Birmingham Choral Union in the Industrial Gallery.

15 December, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, ‘Step into Christmas’…a Tea and Tour, tickets £7.

19 December, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Regency Christmas guitar performances by Early Romantic Guitar Duo, Dodici Corde.

21 and 27 December, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Seasonal Crafts: paper Gingerbread People, 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm. £1 per child.

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  1. Christopher says:

    Its not surprising that the chance to generate a headline including the phrase “Santa Axed” was too much to resist for the mail. Should Father Christmas take up residence at the museum next year expect the headline “he costs ho ho how much?” when they submit a freedom of information request to find out his wages. These typres of article, littered with predictable phrases like “Council scrooges”, “hard pressed families” deserve the same respect as those about Christmas trees that look like celebrities and people misunderstanding Christmas parking rules. It wont be long before the internet, and the army of more talented free writers commenting on similar stories in real time will leave the mail as redundent as a museum St Nick.

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