Join the march on Saturday 5 November for Libraries, Museums, Galleries

3 November 2016




It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. The march will start from the iconic British Library and end outside the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square for a Rally. Jeremy Corbyn is supporting the protest.

• 12 noon Assemble in the British Library car park (back of British library, opposite St Pancras station entrance on Midlands Str)
• 12.30pm – Leave British Library via Euston Road
• Turn left into Upper Woburn Place, go south via Tavistock Square then Woburn Place
• Cross Russell Square via garden
• Then down Montague Street
• 1pm/1.15pm – Turn right into Great Russell Str alongside British Museum
• Turn left into Coptic Street
• Cross New Oxford Str to continue into Shaftsbury Avenue
1.15/1.30pm = MEET UP POINT FOR SHORT MARCH (0.6 mile): on small square by Crown Pub, Shaftsbury avenue
• Stay on left to cross High Holborn into Endell Str
• Turn right into Shelton Street
• Turn left to St Martins Lane by the Equity offices
• Cross William IV street and continue on pavement past St Martin Church
• 2pm – Go down Trafalgar Square next to the National Gallery

Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. Libraries are, or should be, trusted public spaces for everyone. They play a crucial role in improving literacy, in combating the digital divide and in widening democratic involvement. BUT, in the UK since
2010, we’ve LOST:
• 8,000 paid and trained library workers;
• 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and
• One in five regional museums at least partially closed.

We’ve also seen:
• Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut;
• Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed;
• An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation;
• A 93% increase in the use of volunteers in libraries;
• Income generation become the priority for almost 80% 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. PCS Culture Sector, Unite the Union, Barnet UNISON & Save Barnet Libraries, and Campaign for the Book have been calling for a national demonstration to highlight the ‘clear and present danger’ to our national Library service. Support the protest on 5th November!

JEREMY CORBYN, Leader of Labour Party says: “I give my 100% support to this demonstration. The Tories have devastated our public services using austerity policies as justification. I promise that a Labour Government will act to ‘in-source’ our public and local council services and increase access to
leisure, arts and sports across the country. We will reverse the damage the Tories have done to our communities in the cities, towns and villages.”

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