Lancaster museum chiefs to step down

Lancaster Castle manager Christine Goodier and Lancaster Museums manager, Paul Thompson, who are taking voluntary redundancy.
Lancaster Castle manager Christine Goodier and Lancaster Museums manager, Paul Thompson, who are taking voluntary redundancy.

TWO well-known Lancaster museum chiefs will step down at the end of the month after taking voluntary redundancy.

Christine Goodier, 58, manager of Lancaster Castle, and Paul Thompson, 56, area manager for museums, are leaving as Lancashire County Council sheds jobs and reshapes services to help save £179m over the next three years.

All council staff were offered the chance to apply for voluntary redundancy.

Paul started work producing exhibitions at Lancaster City Museum in 1974, and was involved in the development of Lancaster Maritime Museum in the mid-1980s.

He moved into management in 2003 when the county council took over responsibility for running museums from Lancaster City Council.

The father-of-two, who lives in Hest Bank, plans to take six months off before deciding his next venture.

He said: “I will miss it. I had not planned to leave until I was 60, so it was a very difficult decision.”

Paul, who is based at the Judges’ Lodgings Museum, said he would miss meeting interesting characters and sharing their stories, but added he was leaving on a high, with visitor numbers remaining healthy, despite the recession.

See tge Lancaster Guardian (21-07-11) for full story.