Supporting museums

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England has some of the finest regional museums in the world with extraordinary collections ranging from the earliest prehistory to modern art and science. From 2015–18, we are investing over £118 million in museums through our 21 Major Partner Museums, as well as strategic funds and grants.

The Arts Council is the development body for English regional museums, and we have responsibility for effective investment and advocacy for all accredited museums.

We believe in the power of our museums to enrich the cultural lives of people in England. Our focus for 2015–18 is on building the resilience of our museums, and helping them to form partnerships and make the most of the resources available.

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Accreditation Scheme

Sets out national standards to ensure museums are sustainable, focused and trusted organisations

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Funding finder

Take a look at our funding programmes available to museums

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Our research

Search and explore our research on the museum sector

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Case studies

Browse our case studies and see our museum funding in action

Latest news and blog posts

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Imagine a Museum

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about how museums are subverting our expectations

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Museum experts appointed

Five new experts are joining our Accreditation Committee to help museums offer their visitors a great experience.

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Disability and collections

How Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums used a process of a research and consultation to transform the way they think about diversity

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes 2. Model Boat Case at National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Photo © Toby Weller / National Maritime Museum Cornwall. 3. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 4. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 5. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 6. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 7. The Spring - Monster Museum Trail 8. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © Matt Austin/RAMM Exeter. 9. Hanging Zebra, sculpted clay by Marieke Ringel. Image © Marieke Ringel 10. Derrin Crawford & Demi-Leigh Cruickshank in 'The Liver Birds' LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012. Photo © Alice Hawkins. 11. © Volunteer Makers 12. Event at the People's History Museum, Manchester 13. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 14. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 15. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 16. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 17. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 18. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 19. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 20. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate