Lincolnshire County Council want to move the art out of the Usher Art Gallery and use it as a wedding venue and coroner’s court
Help us to save the Usher Gallery
1. Sign the petition at www.slugcampaign.co.uk
2. Take part in the Lincolnshire County Council consultation process at www.slugcampaign.co.uk or by phoning 01522 782040 and requesting a paper version to be sent to you.
3. Email your opposition to Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or by write by post to Councillor Martin Hill, Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1YL.
4. Write to your local county councillor and MP telling them you oppose this plan - is at www.writetothem.com
James Usher was a Jeweller and shrewd businessman who over a period of around thirty years, had built up a fantastic collection of art and decorative objects. Before his death in 1921, James Usher bequeathed his art collection along with almost £60,000 to the City of Lincoln on the understanding that a museum and art gallery would be built for the citizens of Lincoln.
Our beautiful city, needs to have a dedicated art gallery to show off its treasures. Many artists and people employed rst steps in a creative career.
within the creative industries financial contribution is currently growing at twice the rate of the economy. The arts are proven to be well worth investing in for economic and cultural gains. Engagement in art has proven physical and mental health benefits alongside the creativity it inspires.
For almost 100 years the Usher has done this and continues to do so.
The proposal put forward by Lincolnshire County Council is to fragment and move the Usher Art Collection into ‘The Collection Museum’ and to use the Usher Art Gallery for Registrar‘s Services, the Coroner’s Court and a wedding venue. For the Usher Art Collection to be displayed in what is now the storage area in the basement of ‘The Collection Museum’ is not fitting of such artwork.
Lincoln should be proud of its art and the legacy of James Usher and treat it accordingly. The Usher Gallery is a focal point in the region and one of its treasures, it must be saved.