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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.
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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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Sets out national standards to ensure museums are sustainable, focused and trusted organisations
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Latest news and blog posts
John Orna-Ornstein blogs about how we’re investing in strategic thinking in museums through our Museum Resilience Fund
Åshild Andrea Brekke from Arts Council Norway writes about her recent visit to Arts Council England
16 museums and cultural organisations set to receive a total of £2,538,690 through the Museum resilience fund.
Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth will use investment from the Arts Council to digitise its archaeological archive.
British artist Hurvin Anderson’s new painting for the Arts Council Collection asks, Is It Okay to be Black?
This Arts Council Collection exhibition brings together art that investigates the links between people and plants.