Since 1997 the Designation Scheme has identified the best collections held in museums, libraries and archives across England. The founding aims were to raise the profile of these vital collections and encourage everyone to safeguard them.
The award stimulates pride, support and cohesion within an organisation. It raises the profile of the collection nationally and internationally, and can open the door to new revenue streams, including Arts Council programmes.
Aims of the scheme
- Build a strong understanding of our shared heritage
- Reveal the strengths of England's leading collections, described by geographic area, subject and quality
- Guard against the neglect or disposal of the nation's treasures
- Help to ensure that funding is directed rationally
Benefits to organisations
- Strengthened support from their governing bodies
- Enhanced ability to raise funds to support the collection
- Raising of their profile at national level
- Providing a focus for advocacy and raising awareness
Our report on the development of the Designation Scheme so far and our vision for the future