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York Castle Museum lost £400,000 in revenue last year after unexpected three-month closure

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 00:00

By Connie Shaw

"Difficult year" for York Castle Museum due to Reinforced Autoclave Concrete in roof resulting in three month closure.

York Castle Museum lost £400,000 in revenue last year due to the discovery of potentially dangerous concrete RAAC (reinforced autoclaved concrete) which led to an unexpected three month partial closure between September and December. The museum had to drop their prices upon reopening in December and had decreased visitor numbers.  

On top of the lost revenue, the trust had been forced to find £80,000 from its reserves to cover the unplanned repair works to deal with the RAAC which had been discovered in the roof of the former female prison, which was a major visitor attraction. The trust hopes to secure a £5 million Museum Estate and Development Fund bid in the next year to complete the re-roofing. 


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