Have your prices changed/gone up?

As many of you may know, the Ragged School Museum is a charity that receives no public funding and runs on a staff of 2.7 members (Jennie and Matt job-share, making up one). With the great opportunity but administrative burden of our upcoming Heritage Lottery Fund project to open up more of the building to the public and make the Museum financially self-sustainable, we are looking to refine our administrative procedures so that the Museum can continue to provide its high standard of visitor experience.

As such the RSM has made some changes to its Schools Programme charges. We will be charging a flat rate of £157 for morning sessions and £148 for afternoon sessions to all schools outside Tower Hamlets. Schools in Tower Hamlets will be charged £140 for morning sessions and £135 for afternoon sessions. The continued Tower Hamlets discount reflects the Museum’s community role and the historic work of Dr Barnardo within the Tower Hamlets area.

The new pricing structure has been carefully worked out using our previous school visits data to provide a fair price for everyone and make both schools’ and our own admin procedures more efficient.

We have not raised our prices across the board for school visits since 2008 and for most schools this new pricing structure is either comparable to, or a drop in price to, what they currently pay to visit.

For the average class of 30 the price is actually cheaper by 50p for the morning session and by £9.50 for the afternoon session than what was previously charged.

The new flat rate will actually reduce the cost for state schools with larger classes, which are often schools with fewer resources, i.e. those that may not have previously been able to afford the visit.

The change in pricing is also in response to visitor and teacher feedback, many of whom felt that there needed to be a disparity in prices for the morning and now shorter afternoon sessions.

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