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Museums and Galleries: Sunderland

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL5043, tabled on 24 January 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the University of Sunderland, (2) Sunderland Culture, and (3) Sunderland City Council, about (a) the structural problems affecting the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, and (b) the future location of that venue.

Answered on

14 February 2023

Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, advises that the University of Sunderland has, in recent years, undertaken work to address structural issues in the building housing the National Glass Centre. A specialist external review, commissioned by the University, concluded that a multi-million-pound investment would be required to address these issues if the National Glass Centre were to remain at its current location. As a result, and considering value for money, the University’s Board of Governors decided to identify an alternative location. The University is now exploring a variety of options with key partners including Sunderland Culture (which has been offered public funding as part of Arts Council England’s national portfolio) and Sunderland City Council to establish suitable sites. Culture House is one of the sites being discussed.

Arts Council England will continue to engage with both Sunderland Culture and the University of Sunderland as plans for the relocation continue to be developed.