Coronavirus update from our Clerk (Chair) of Quaker Tapestry Planning and Finance Committee.
Under current circumstances, the museum is closed until further notice, as is the café, run under licence by our external operators. Hire of rooms for community activities and meetings and flat lettings are completely suspended. All workshops are postponed until later in the year.
The museum opened this year on 2nd March and we were gearing up for the main visitor season. Even before the Government formally required all museums to close, it was clear that visitor numbers were low due to the Coronavirus situation.
Our small team of staff are all well. Some have been working from home and others have come into the office with hygiene and social distancing maintained. They have been working to complete necessary work and set up systems to help the business of the charity function appropriately while the building is closed.
Quaker Tapestry is in a difficult situation, as are other organisations involved in local leisure and hospitality activities. Potential income has evaporated. This will affect Quaker Tapestry over the coming months, while the present situation lasts, and no doubt well beyond until visitor activity builds up again.
We are investigating potential support from government and other sources. Most staff will be furloughed under the government backed Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but we hope to retain enough staff capacity to deal with mail-order sales, maintain financial functions and ensure the security of the building.
Museum admissions, and related Gift Aid, shop sales, workshops, room hire, flat letting and café rent contribute over 65% of the Quaker Tapestry income in any year. This is a great tribute to the hard work of our staff. It is a fantastic percentage of earned income compared to many other museums, but it means the present situation will affect us more seriously.
We are very grateful for the support of individuals and trusts, whose membership fees, donations and grants, large and small, make up the balance of Quaker Tapestry income. If you are able, we hope you will continue to support us through the challenging times ahead. Please bear with us, if we are not be able to send thanks as swiftly as previously. Make a donation to the Quaker Tapestry.
We hope you all stay well and safe through the present crisis.