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We announce the museums and schools partnerships to be funded through our Museums and schools programme

  • Date: 6 September 2012
  • Area: National

Today we announce the 10 regional museums and schools partnerships awarded a total of £3.6 million funding until 2015 through our Museums and schools programme.

Response to the Henley Review

This programme funded through the Department for Education as a response to key recommendations from Cultural Education: an independent review by Darren Henley.

The news comes on the day that the Arts Council also announces the three geographical areas in which the new Cultural Education Partnership Group will test their shared approach to cultural education.

What will the programme do?

The 10 regional museums will partner with clusters of up to 100 local schools, national museums and work with bridge organisations to increase the number of high quality educational visits by schools in areas which currently have lower than average cultural engagement.

These visits will be designed in partnership with the local schools clusters, ensuring they complement and enhance the educational experience and curriculum.

It is hoped that the visits will spark young people's curiosity and encourage a lifelong passion for culture and learning.

Planned activity

Activity plans for the partnerships cover a range of specialisms and collections, including the Great Yarmouth Museums' Stories of the Sea programme, working with Royal Museums Greenwich, which aims to use nationally important maritime collections to develop literacy skills.

The ss Great Britain and the Science Museum's walking workshops led by famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, will be coupled with self-led activities and online educational games based on museum objects.

Simon Lace, Museums and Heritage Manager at Maidstone Museum, one of the regional museum leads selected, said:

'We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the regional partners in the Museums and schools programme, and we are very excited at the prospect of establishing a strong working relationship with the British Museum and our local bridge organisation, Artswork.'

Creating opportunities for children and young people

Althea Efunshile, Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England, said:

'The Arts Council believes that every child and young person should have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and of culture - and this is one of our strategic goals as laid out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone.

'I am excited to see how the activities that the Museums and schools programme will invest in can help inspire a generation to actively seek out the opportunities that museums can provide to support their education, both now and in the future.'

New Cultural Education Partnership

The Arts Council has also announced the new Cultural Education Partnership Group will be testing its shared approach towards cultural education in three areas: the City of Bristol; Barking and Dagenham; and Great Yarmouth.

This group is made up of the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Film Institute and English Heritage, who will use their resources to maximise the number of children and young people taking part in a range of high quality cultural education activities.

The Arts Council and cultural education

Learn more about our work with cultural education:

  • the network of bridge organisations which connect children and young people with the work of Arts Council funded organisations
  • the new national network of music education hubs
  • a National Foundation for Education Research report commissioned by the Arts Council on raising the standard of work by, with and for children and young people
  • the re-launched Artsmark - the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer
  • Arts Award - a national qualification that supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts