five Sunbeam Works Rally cars are loaded up from the Competition Dept at Ryton, Coventry on route for 3,000 miles East African Coronation Safari Rally in April 1953

ACE announces Strategic Support and Designation funding rounds

Rebecca Atkinson, 11.03.2014
Seventy-five projects awarded funds
Arts Council England (ACE) has announced the successful recipients of its Renaissance Strategic Support and Designation Development funds.

A total of £5.7m Strategic Support funding has been awarded to 57 organisations for projects in 2014/15, including the Cuming Museum in Soutwark, London, which has received £72,000 to ensure access to its collections despite its temporary closure following a fire last year.

Other awards from the Strategic support fund include £163,326 to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to develop a profit-making touring exhibition; £73,000 to the Art Fund to build a crowdfunding platform; and £143,000 to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to develop new learning facilities in Cannon Hall. 

The Happy Museum Project, administered by the Museum of East Anglian Life, has received £97,000 to evaluate the link between wellbeing and sustainability.

A full list of successful Strategic support-funded projects can be viewed here

A further 18 projects have received grants from the Designation Development Fund, which totals £700,000 in 2014/15 and £700,000 in 2015/16.

This includes an £87,799 award to Culture Coventry to make more than 200,000 photographs and negatives from the archives of the Rootes Group, Coventry’s biggest producer of cars and lorries, digitally available to the public for the first time. 

Gary Hall, chief executive of Culture Coventry, said: “The Rootes Archive collection is unique, and tells the story of manufacturing within Coventry from small creative bicycle manufacturers to the international conglomerate of the Rootes Family Company. It is intrinsic to the story that we tell at Coventry Transport Museum.”

Other successful projects include the digitisation of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s shoe collection (£69,900); improving access to the Bath Fashion Museum’s collection (£90,000); and creating an online community for football fans to explore the collections of the National Football Museum in Manchester (£77,000).

A full list of successful Designation funded projects can be viewed here
 
Alan Davey, chief executive of ACE, said: “These latest awards support ambitious museums to find ever more creative ways to be original, relevant and engaging, widening audiences and in turn helping to support the resilience of the sector.”

In a statement, the arts council said that plans are “well advanced” for its investment approach to museums for 2015-18: “Funding will be available right across England for a wide range of museums with further details on these changes to be publicised later in the year.”

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