The Museums Journal (Issue 111/12, p5, 01.12.2011) carries a report by Patrick Steel, suggesting that Army museums are facing a shake-up in financing. "Changes would save Ministry of Defence more than £0.5m a year A review of army museums funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recommended that 113 posts cease to be civil servant posts and instead be funded directly by the museums through grant-in-aid. As part of the process, which would ultimately save the MOD more than £520,000 a year, only one full-time post would be funded for each regimental or corps museum. This would result in the loss of nine posts and further savings of £200,000. The review also said museums of disbanded regiments should receive funding for only 25 years after their dissolution, leading to a fall in MOD-funded museums from 69 to 36 over time. The MOD currently spends about £4.3m a year on regimental and corps museums, and £5.4m on the National Army Museum. Many regiments and corps contribute significant funding to their museums, while private donations account for £18m a year. Colin Sibun, director of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust, said: The recommendations are sad but inevitable given the defence cuts; sad because antecedent regimental museums play a valuable role in representing the army in their locality. But when defence overall is reducing in every department, it is inevitable that museums are included." There appears to be a very real danger that some museums would close or merge with others. While that reflects the economic reality, I wonder whether that is desirable. I would hope that all alternatives would be considered before some of the smaller, rich in content, museums disappear. A lot of these museums would have been volunteer manned before being put on an official footing, perhaps it might be the way forward?