Part of our Renaissance programme, subject specialist networks are groups of people with special expertise in a given subject area. They bring together the wider museums community and are supported, where appropriate, by parent organisations that provide specialist curatorial support for relevant collections across England and the UK.
Subject specialist networks support the understanding, development and care of collections across England and the UK for the benefit of audiences. These wide-ranging networks, as diverse as the collections which they represent, enhance the potential for excellence across museum practice. These mutually-supportive groups ensure collective impact and economies of scale while enabling the sharing of expertise, ideas and best practice.
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Through funding Subject specialist networks the Arts Council aims to support the sharing of knowledge and expertise associated with specialist collections and their contribution to public engagement, education and enjoyment.
Applications for 2013-15
Applications are now open for funding for 2013-15 with a total of £300,000 available. We are inviting applications of between £3,000 and £5,000. Find out how to apply.
The deadline for applications is Monday 15 April.
There were 22 successful applicants who will each share a total of £174,600. This is an increase of £24,600 from the amount originally allocated to the 2012/13 fund in recognition of the quality, ambition and range of work set out in the applications received.
The Subject specialist networks awarded funding for 2012/13 are as follows:
- Museum Ethnographers Group £9,200
- Rural Museums Network £9,100
- Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) £13,000
- UK Medical Collections Group £10,000
- Money and Medals £10,000
- British Aviation Preservation Council £10,000
- Understanding British Portraits £10,000
- Maritime £9,500
- Dress and Textiles £9,000
- British Art £10,000
- Histories of Home £5,000
- Contemporary Art Society £9,850
- Contemporary Studio Ceramics £4,400
- Understanding Ceramics £1,000
- Science, Technology and Industry £6,000
- Social History Curators Group £8,295
- Posters £5,000
- Theatre Information Group £2,500
- Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums £7,755
- Sports Heritage Network £7,000
- ACESS £5,000
- Plastics £5,000
- Evaluation of the projects £8,000
For more information on how we support museums, visit the Supporting museums section of the website.