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ACE increases number of Major Partner Museums

21 partners to receive £22.6m, but existing partners receive cuts
Arts Council England (ACE) has increased the number of Major Partner Museums (MPMs) from 16 to 21 in the latest round of funding. The institutions will receive £22.6m in 2015/16, up from £20.3m from the previous year.

Existing MPMs have received cuts, however, with Birmingham Museums Trust due to lose 44.5% of its current level of ACE funding in 2015-18 compared to 2012-15.

Museums Sheffield; Derby Museums in partnership with Nottingham Museums; Hull City Council in partnership with East Riding and North Lincolnshire; Black Country Living Museum in partnership with Coventry Museums; and Penlee House Gallery and Museum (leading a consortium of museums in Cornwall), which all missed out on the last round of funding, will now receive major partner funding.

Major partners and the total funding they will receive from 2015-18 (and the real change from 2012-15):

  • Beamish and Bowes Museum £2,128,749 (-6.3%)
  • Birmingham Museums Trust £3,022,704 (-44.5%)
  • Black Country Living Museum and Coventry Museums £2,658,000 (new)
  • Bristol City Council £4,728,246 (-12%)
  • Derby Museums and Nottingham Museums & Art Galleries £2,562,198 (new)
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens £2,840,034 (-12.7%)
  • Hull City Council £2,524,227 (new)
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust £2,208,492 (-12.4%)
  • Leeds Museums & Galleries £4,770,462 (-8.6%)
  • Manchester City Galleries £4,792,977 (-12.9%)
  • Museum of London £3,300,000 (-19.6%)
  • Museums Sheffield £1,800,000 (new)
  • Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service £3,609,510 (-14.8%)
  • Penlees House Gallery and Museum (and six museums in Cornwall) £1,500,000 (new)
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum £3,095,874 (-13.8%)
  • Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove £2,095,521 (-30.1%)
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Lakeland Arts and Wordsworth Trust £3,135,495 (-5.5%)
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums £4,664,340 (-10.5%)
  • University of Cambridge Museums £4,364,340 (-6.1%)
  • Oxford University Museums £4,370,814 (-6.3%)
  • York Museums Trust £3,690,000 (+0.2%)

Kim Streets, the chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said: “This is fantastic news for Sheffield. Our city has a proud tradition of supporting its museums and galleries and this recognition from Arts Council England will allow us to reach out to both existing and new audiences over the next three years."

Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for leisure and culture in Hull, said: “The award will give the service a huge boost to continue working in partnership with our museum colleagues in North Lincolnshire and the East Riding across the Humber region over the next three years.

“It will also enhance the already significant role our museums and galleries will play in the City of Culture celebrations in 2017”.

David Anderson, the president of the Museums Association, said: "This additional funding for English regional arts organisations is very welcome. It is a timely acknowledgement of the current inequity. However, the reductions to grants for a number of Major Partner Museums, to help to pay for this, is a backward step.

"But what museums in the regions really need is a strategic rethink by the arts council and the arts lottery of the whole arts funding system, and the outdated assumptions on which it is based."


ACE funding 2015-18 (ACE website)

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Edited to include a further comment from David Anderson.

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