The Liberal Democrats have said they would maintain free access to national museums and galleries under plans for their 2015 election manifesto. The party would ensure free entry and continue to make this a condition of government funding. The Lib Dems point out that museums and galleries play a crucial role in the cultural life of the UK, attracting millions of visitors each year and the Liberal Democrats want to see that continue.
Commenting Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "Our museums and galleries are some of the best in the world. They are a source of inspiration and education for millions across the country. The fact that attendance is at record levels and that last year was the first time a majority of people had visited a museum or gallery shows that free access is a policy that works."
Continuing Mr Alexander said: "The Liberal Democrats are now committing to maintain that free access in the next parliament so people from all backgrounds and income groups can make use of these great institutions without concerns about the cost. The Liberal Democrats believe in offering opportunity for everyone in order to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. This is another way of making sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to get on in life."