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£1.5 million awarded to museums in the North

  • Date: 5 March 2014
  • Area: North
Hall of Fame, National Football Museum

Hall of Fame, National Football Museum. Credit: Peter Corcoran

Eleven museums in the North have been awarded funding through our Renaissance Strategic support fund and three museums have been awarded Designation Development funds. Both programmes are part of the Arts Council's total investment approach to museums for 2015-18.

The Renaissance strategic support fund aims to support excellence, and the potential for excellence, in a wide range of museums across England. The eleven successful applicants in the North are:

  • Pennine Lancashire Museums (£71,000), a partnership of nine museumsworking acrosssix North West organisations, aim to develop their collective workforce by strengthening the brand and collaborative ethos
  • Wall Face (£124,000) is a partnership of the 11 museums and heritage sites across Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site, working together with the National Portrait Gallery and managed by Hadrian's Wall Trust to deliver a three month dispersed exhibition across the Wall sites
  • Cannon Hall in Barnsley (£143,000) for a project to develop the former Servants' Quarters in the basement to develop first class learning facilities for schools and a range of other learners
  • Ripon Museums (£50,000) will develop a plan for formal and informal learning working towards a self funded model and develop a partnership with Ripon Cathedral
  • Awarded £89,150, Shandy Hall's project brings together artists, writers, scientists and curators, drawing on the important historic Allis collections of moth specimens at the Yorkshire Museum and exploring the nature and habitat of the urban Museum's gardens and the rural Shandy Hall gardens
  • Out of Play, a high-profile Art, Technology and Learning programme, be established across the National Football Museum (£135,400) through new partnerships and international links 
  • Oakwell Hall (£257, 299) is Kirklees Museums and galleries most visited site and this project aims to maximise the potential for the Hall and Country Park
  • Selling Egypt is a small-scale, ambitious project - a catalyst for a group of North West museums led by The Atkinson in Southport to think differently about their collections, to test new ideas and ways of working in how they 'sell' their collections (£35,000)
  • The Greater Manchester Museums Group, awarded £199,000, has grown in strength as a partnership and has created a new collective identity and brand and agreed a three-year development
  • The People's History Museum (£60,000) will focus on creating a deliverable and sustainable model of new, creative and dynamic engagement activities
  • Woodhorn Trust (£135,000) will bring the four museums in Northumberland it manages under a unified brand and respond to the needs of local communities

The Arts Council is investing £700,000 in 2014-15 and £700,000 in 2015-16 towards the Designation development fund. This programme aims to help support projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of Designated museum collections, in order maximise their value to the public through improved understanding and engagement. The three successful applicants in the North are: 

  • The National Football Museum (£77,000), the youngest museum to receive this recognition, will utilise their unique sports collection to develop an online community among fans to explore the history of the game
  • Sheffield Museums (£80,000) aims to raise the profile of its collection of over 16,000 items of Sheffield metalwork, increasing the access to the collections, developing online history and information as well as printed material
  • Manchester Museum's project The Study (£79,000) will comprise extensive improvements to one of most historic galleries, combined with a wealth of new resources, creating a new public area dedicated to inspiring visitors' research and engagement with the full breadth of the Museum's outstanding Designated collections

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: "Museums in this country are home to world class collections which at their best offer tantalising glimpses into the past and help us to imagine the future. These latest awards support ambitious museums to find ever more creative ways to be original, relevant and engaging, widening audiences and in turn helping to support the resilience of the sector."

Plans are now well advanced for the Arts Council's total investment approach to museums for 2015-18. Funding will be available right across England for a wide range of museums with further details on these changes to be publicised later in the year.