People living in Salford will now have to pay to enter the National Football Museum as they impose a new £10 annual entry fee.
The fee will be in place from January 14 and will exclude those living inside the City of Manchester.
The ticket will cost £10 and will give visitors valid entry for a year to view new events and exhibitions.
Adult tickets will cost £10, £5 for children up to the age of 15, and £25 for a family of two adults and two children.
The museum, which opened in 2012, is currently free to all visitors with voluntary donations welcome.
Their website states: “with this extra funding, the museum can become self-sustaining and fulfil its potential as a leading Manchester visitor attraction,
“Unlike many national museums across the UK, the National Football Museum receives no core funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), nor does it receive core funding from football bodies such as the Premier League or the Football Association.”
Postcodes which avoid the fee are: M1, M2, M3, M4, M8, M9, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M18, M19, M20, M21, M22, M23, M40, M90
The money will go towards community programmes, volunteers prgorammes, and events and temportarary exhbitinons.
However the fee will still be imposed on Salford residents, the website also states: “the museum is primarily funded by Manchester City Council. As a result, the museum will remain free of charge to all those who reside within its boundaries.”
People took to Twitter:
Why are you charging anyone anyway??
— ?Katherine??? (@katherinemcd12) December 13, 2018
Glad I paid a visit last April (pun intended)!
— Danial Ariff (@dansontheroad) December 13, 2018
What utter crap, it should never have been moved from Preston and to charge people from outside the city is wrong, it should be free for all or one price for everyone.
— Gaz Vickers (@vickershaft) December 13, 2018
Presumably, then, residents of the City of Salford will also be admitted free due to Manchester’s surreptitious take over of everything “Salford”? ?
— Roy Ellaby (@elan4872) December 13, 2018
I thought ‘national’ museums were supposed to be free to the good old British public .
— Nick Blackburn (@NickBlackburn6) December 13, 2018
Martin Hamer, Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism at The University of Salford said: “Obviously it’s a financial necessity that has brought about this demand for people to pay. What I find frustrating is that the National Football Museum is exactly what it says, its a national treasure and therefore it should be treated as a national institution.”
He added, “it is disappointing that it has come to this and that people in Salford which is only next door have been treated completely differently. I suppose the argument is because it’s a different council.”
POLL: National Football Museum is to begin charging entry to all visitors who live outside the City of Manchester. From next month, Salfordians will have to pay up to £10 to visit.
Do you think this is a fair way to raise extra funds? Tell us why in the replies.
— Salford Now (@SalfordNow) December 13, 2018