On Tuesday 24 January 2012 we announced the 16 Renaissance Major partner museums. They will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for the next three years as part of the Renaissance programme for regional museums. Download the spreadsheet showing individual award amounts for each Major partner museum for 2012-15.

The Major partner museums awards received over the three years are:

  • Beamish and Bowes Museum - £2,203,658
  • Birmingham Museums Trust (Birmingham City Council; Thinktank) - £5,091,615
  • Bristol City Council - £5,045,000
  • Cumbria Museums Consortium (Tullie House; Wordsworth Trust Lakeland Arts Trust) - £3,221,875
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens - £3,053,295
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust - £2,434,227
  • Leeds Museums & Galleries - £5,055,000
  • Manchester Partnership (Manchester City Galleries; Manchester Museum; Whitworth Art Gallery) - £5,211,000
  • Museum of London - £3,731,447
  • Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service - £3,895,000
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery - £3,463,595
  • Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove - £2,506,752
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums - £4,875,791
  • University of Cambridge Museums - £4,446,145
  • Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Museums Service - £4,500,000
  • York Museums Trust - £3,530,000

The Arts Council assumed responsibilities for museum development  from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

This is the first time major Renaissance grants have been awarded for a three year period via an open application system against published criteria. The awards have also been made in the context of the strategic goals set out in Culture, Knowledge and Understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone.

The Arts Council received 29 eligible applications for Major partner funding, requesting a total of £116.4 million over three years. The 16 successful applicants requested £23.5 million a year against an annual budget of approximately £20 million.

One year's transitional funding totalling approximately £8 million has been awarded to unsuccessful applicants who currently receive support from the MLA Renaissance hub scheme, to help them adjust to these changes. Levels of transitional funding have been negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

November 2012 Briefing events for funded organisations

We hosted briefing sessions to update funded organisations on the changes the Arts Council is going through and discuss how they can help us make a strong case for maintaining public funding of arts and culture in advance of the next Government spending review.  

View presentation slides below or download them from our Slideshare profile.