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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Funding

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.

2013-15 funding

The 16 successful applicants to the 2013-15 fund will share a total of £211,692, in recognition of the quality, ambition and range of work set out in the applications received.

The 16 networks awarded funding are:

  • British Art Subject Specialist Network £14,991.50
  • Contemporary Art Society £15,000
  • Dress and Textiles Specialists £10,000
  • Museum Ethnographers Group £9,700
  • Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums £13,600
  • Islamic Art Network (under development) £15,000
  • UK Medical Collections Group £15,000
  • Regimental Collections - Army Museums Ogilby Trust £15,000
  • NATSCA - Natural Sciences Collections Association £15,000
  • Money and Medals SSN £15,000
  • Association of Performing Art Collections, formerly Theatre Interest Group  £9,100
  • Understanding British Portraits £15,000
  • Posters  £15,000
  • Plastics £9,900
  • Social History Curators Group £9,400
  • Sports Heritage Network £15,000

2012/13 funding

There were 22 successful applicants in 2012/13, who each shared a total of £171,600:

  • 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
  • Plastics £5,000
  • Natural Sciences network £10,000

Further information

For more information on how we support museums, visit the Supporting museums section of the website.