17th century gallery, Manchester Art Gallery. Credit: Claire Wood

ACE reveals Renaissance allocations

Rebecca Atkinson, 02.04.2012
Funding details published for 16 major partners and 24 former hubs
Arts Council England (ACE) has published a breakdown of its £62.6m Renaissance funding to major partner museums, which shows the exact amount each of the successful 16 will receive over the next three years.

ACE has also now agreed transitional funding of £8m for the 24 former hub museum services that did not receive major funding. These have been agreed on a case-by-case basis with allocations ranging from £597,004 to £119,100.

Major partner museums

Of the major partner museums, the Manchester Partnership, which consists of Manchester City Galleries, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery, received the highest figure of £5.2m, followed by Birmingham Museums Trust, which was awarded £5.09m.

Leeds Museums & Galleries and Bristol City Council received £5.05m and £5.04m respectively.

Elsewhere, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums received £4.8m; Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Museums Service £4.5m; and the University of Cambridge Museums £4.4m.

They are followed by Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (£3.8m); the Museum of London (£3.7m); York Museums Trust (£3.5); Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (£3.4m); Cumbria Museums Consortium (£3.2m); and Horniman Museum & Gardens (£3.05m).

Finally, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, was awarded £2.5m; Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust £2.4m; and Beamish and Bowes Museum £2.2m.

ACE said that the final awards, which total £62.6m, are slightly higher that its initial budget of £60m in order to fund “the ambition and range of work set out in the applications”.

Alan Davey, chief executive of ACE, said: “We are pleased to be able to invest more money than anticipated in our major partner museums. By building partnerships and sharing skills and expertise, they will work with the wider sector to deliver great museums for everyone.”

Transitional funding

ACE has also published individual transitional funding allocations, which are intended to help former hub museums adapt the way they work and explore alternative sources of support.

They are as follows: London Transport Museum  (£597,004); Museums Sheffield (£531,000); Geffrye Museum (£523,500); Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service (£434,399); Museums Luton (£426,279); Derby Museums (£394,500); Hull City Council (£392,500); Hampshire County Council (£383,000); Nottingham Museums and Galleries (£381,000); Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (£352,755); Stoke Museums (£344,608); Leicester City Council (£351,500): Lincolnshire County Council (£335,000); the Historic Dockyard Chatham (£319,129); Leicestershire County Council (£293,309); Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service (£275,144); Royal Cornwall Museum (£250,112); Bolton Museums (£234,323); Harris Museum & Art Gallery (£229,207); Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (£169,807); the Museum of Hartlepool (£154,419); Bradford Museum & Galleries (£145,000); Northampton Borough Council (£119,100); and Warwickshire Museum Service (£118,024).

Meanwhile, successful applicants to the museum development fund will be announced on 10 May, while details of the Renaissance strategic support fund will be announced in the summer.


ACE has informed Museums Journal that the amount of money Museums Sheffield will receive in transitional funding is £531,000, not £518,000 as previously reported. The previously reported figure was an earlier funding offer that was revised during the negotiation period.