In 1980 membership of the Society cost £5.00 and admission to the Museum cost £1.00. A ratio of 5:1.
In 2010 membership of the Society cost £21.00 and admission to the Museum cost £10.50. A ratio of 2:1.
For 2011 membership fees are being increased by £1.00 but admission charges (including those for children) are being increased by £1.50.
If these trends continue how long will it be before membership fees are less than the admission charge?
My view is that if the 5:1 ratio had been maintained the members views would be taken much more seriously rather than being regarded as an irrelevant nuisance as they are now.
In reply to the comment, I have suggested a significant increase to membership subscriptions for several years but I have always been in a minority. I think the subscription should be around the £50 mark and I always pay the full subscription although I could claim the OAP rate which wouldn't cover the costs of Journals etc.