Development funding of £180,000 has been awarded to the Animals Galore scheme

In brief

Issue 113/02, p5, 01.02.2013
Tate's specialists network - Zoology museum revamp - CAS opens to public - Blue plaque scheme ends
Tate’s specialists network

Details of a new subject specialist network of British art, which received arts council funding last summer, have been revealed. As well as establishing a register of expertise for British art, an email list and pages on Tate’s website will be set up to share skills, knowledge and ideas across organisations. Tate is also seeking subjects from curators across the UK to inform future research events.

Zoology museum revamp

The University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major refurbishment and the creation of new learning spaces and stores. Development funding of £180,000 has been awarded to the Animals Galore scheme. The museum will apply for a full grant of £1.6m at a later date.

CAS opens to public

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) opened its doors to the public for the first time last month with the launch of a new public space and programme of displays. Director Paul Hobson said the move would help the society generate more support in what is a challenging time for the arts and artists.

Blue plaque scheme ends

English Heritage is to end the blue plaque scheme commemorating buildings and other London landmarks associated with historic figures, in light of a 34% funding cut. Although plaques already agreed will be erected, the scheme has been temporarily closed to new applications, and its team reduced from four to two people during 2013. A new approach will be announced in 2014.