Until Spring 2014, the Arts Council will be conducting a review of the Designation Scheme. During this period we will not be accepting new applications.
The review of Designation is considering the purpose and principles of the Scheme to establish whether it is effective as a means of identifying vitally important cultural collections. The temporary closure of the Scheme is necessary since changes may be made to its processes, scope and governance.
During August and early September, we commissioned Sara Selwood consultants to conduct an independent survey to gather opinions about the future of the Designation Scheme. Guided by this review, we have developed our thinking about the revised Designation Scheme and now seek your views on our intended changes which we believe to be fundamental to the role of the Scheme.
This is the last consultation paper we will be publishing on the Scheme before we put together the new application and assessment processes. The paper should be read in conjunction with the independent survey. We welcome your views on the paper by 31 December 2013. Please see the paper for details of how to respond.
Applications and guidance are available below for your reference only.