The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

DCMS pulls sponsorship for non-nationals

Rebecca Atkinson, 08.11.2010
The department for culture has unveiled its four-year business plan
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says it will start to relinquish control and sponsorship of non-national museums starting from April 2011.

As part of its four-year business plan published today, the department says it will no longer hold on to power at a national level. This means it will scrap sponsorship of “museums that should be the responsibility of local communities”.

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DCMS currently sponsors eight non-national museums: the Design Museum; the Geffrye Museum; the Horniman Museum and Gardens; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Coal Mining Museum for England; the National Football Museum; the People’s History Museum; and Tyne and Wear Museums.

Iain Watson, acting director of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, said DCMS is now looking at which body will take responsibility for sponsoring non-national museums beyond 2015.

He added: “We welcome the assurance from DCMS that it is confident that new sponsors will be identified and that there is no question of cutting museums adrift without any financial support in the unlikely event that no new sponsorship arrangements can be found.” 

Kevin Moore, director of the National Football Museum, said the loss of funding would not affect the creation of the new museum in Manchester or lead to redundancies. However, he warned it would affect educational and social inclusion programmes across the country.

Philanthropy


The business plan also states that DCMS will “implement measures to facilitate fundraising by cultural and charitable institutions”. This includes agreeing a framework with national museums for creating charitable trusts by March 2011 and “implement new framework and establish trusts” by March 2012.
    
In addition, the business plan outlines plans to boost the Big Society and charitable giving. By December this year, DCMS says it will bring together proposals with the Cabinet Office and the Treasury to “incentivise more social investment, philanthropy and giving, including a strategy to boost giving from private individuals to cultural institutions, incorporating insights from behavioural science”.

See December's Museums Journal for updated details

Click here to read the DCMS business plan

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