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Hello it's the weekend. I'm Ben League. This week as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown hit museums. We're seeing unprecedented layoffs on both sides of the Atlantic. We ask our museums doing all. They can to save their star. We've already discussed the future of museums after covid nineteen on the weekend, but only now is it becoming clear the scale of the financial burden of the pandemic and the effects on the people who work at the museum's. We'll look at the latest developments in the UK, and the US where hundreds of museum workers are losing. Their jobs will also took to Emily Butler from the White Chapel Gallery, which is just reopened for this episodes work of the week. Before we begin a reminder that you can read the art newspaper anywhere anytime with our iphone and IPAD APP. visit the APP store search for the art newspaper, and then you can install for. Yep, if you're a subscriber, only at content is available as part of your subscription. Now, to museum layoffs, Hannah mcgibbon is the museum's editor at the newspaper and she joins me now to discuss the situation at US and UK Museums Hannah before we talk about layoffs and job losses. Can we talk about the financial peril? The museums find themselves in. You've had conversations with lots of museum directors recently. Can you give a sort of idea of the scope of? The financial trouble they're in. I think it's clear that any museum. The earns a significant portion of its income, so self generates that income from visitors buying tickets, and from spending money in the cafe or buying things in the gift shop. All of that income has been wiped out by the enforce closures which have of dragged on for several months. During the lockdown periods, so that has been an enormous loss and we know that many museums don't have huge financial reserves. To kind of plug that gap, and in the meantime they still got high fixed costs. They've got run their buildings. They've got to protect their collections and staff is is a big outlay as well. Right and and just so the we can give the listeners sort of general idea. But obviously museums are all individual institutions. They have particular radio. Think Christie's etc, but it's fair to say that the US and the UK which we are predominantly focusing on today do have a particular reliance on money coming in from those sources right in a way that some European countries don't yes I mean the tradition in European countries is for heavily subsidized..