Joint fund awards £4m to English museums

Forty museums receive grants from DCMS/Wolfson fund
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National Museums Liverpool (NML) and York Museum Trust have each benefited from £300,000 grants from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation.

They are among 40 English museums to receive a total of £4.6m from the Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund for renovation and improvement projects.

York will use the money to support the creation of a “secret” gallery in York Art Gallery, while NML will redevelop part of the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Other awards include £150,000 to Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service to develop Voices from the Workhouse at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, and £100,000 to Historic Royal Palaces to refurbish the King’s State Apartments at Kensington Palace.

Compton Verney in Warwickshire was awarded £101,268, which will be used to fund a major re-display of its Chinese collection later this year.

A full list of awards can be downloaded here.

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “We are pleased to be working with government to fund outstanding projects at museums and galleries across England.

"The DCMS/Wolfson Fund is an excellent example of how a funding charity and government department can work productively together. The projects supported by this round are impressive, and will help inspire visitors to the country’s wonderful museums and galleries.”

This is the DCMS/Wolfson Fund’s second round of awards in the 2011-15 spending period. In 2012, grants totalling £4m were awarded to 36 museums and galleries.


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