The North receives over £2 million in Museum development funds

Nine museum development providers across the country will receive around £3 million a year through Museum development fund. The fund aims to provide a national network of professional advice to all museums, particularly smaller museums. The recipients’ priority will be to improve the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector thereby helping to maximise benefits to audiences and communities. 

Three of the successful applicants are based in the North and will receive the funding over three years:

Manchester City Galleries will receive £990,000 to manage the delivery of the North West Museums Development Programme. It will ensure development support to all museums which are Accredited or working towards Accreditation so that they can maximise the benefits they offer to audiences and communities.

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums will receive £441,000 continue to create a more resilient North East museum sector by providing support in a number of areas including income generation, sustainability, collections care and digital expertise.

York Museums Trust will receive £945,000 to help support museums across Yorkshire to manage their resources, look after their collections and provide services to their audiences in ways that meet or exceed recognised standards. The Trust is committed to helping sites and services shape their future resilience. Museum Development Yorkshire will use this investment to help drive improvement by providing high-quality advice and support and access to exciting regional initiatives.

A new fund that will help museums to become more sustainable and resilient has just been announced by the Arts Council. The Museum resilience fund consists of £10 million a year for the next three years with applications invited for annual sums of £20,000 to £300,000 for one to three years.

The Museum resilience fund will complement our investment in Major partner museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (such as in geography) or development opportunities across museums of all sizes. The fund is intended to support museums in adapting to economic, environmental and social changes in order to continue delivering high quality work in line with their mission. Applications for the first round of the fund must be made using the online application portal by 5pm on 6 November 2014. Full guidance is available here.

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums, said:

‘Significant reductions in public funding mean these are challenging times for many museums. At the same time, museums of all sizes continue to show extraordinary ambition and resilience, and to deliver wonderful services to their communities. This is the most accessible fund we’ve had for museums and is focused squarely on helping the sector adapt at a time of rapid change.’

source: Arts Council England

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