Thursday, July 17, 2014


IT is feared that Hadrian's Wall could crumble into disrepair because the organisation responsible for maintaining and promoting it will close at the end of this month.

Hadrian's Wall Trust says it will shut down on July 31 after its funding was cut from £1.6 million a year to £300,000.

The trust, which employs 10 people, has been laying off staff and phasing out operations over the past six months.

After this month the monument will then be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities. A spokesman said it was "crucial" to safeguard the piece of history.

The trust was part funded by organisations including English Heritage, Natural England and eight local authorities.

In recent years the British government has undertaken drastic cuts in social services and other areas of city and regional council spending - forcing them to pare services to the bone. 

They are struggling even to keep minimum services functioning.

Government and council funding for organisations supporting heritage sites is, therefore, very limited.

Hadrian's Wall Trust announced an ADOPT A STONE money-raising scheme a few months ago after issuing a warning that two years of severe funding cuts had left the future of the trust in peril.

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