The successful institutions will provide a nationwide network of professional advice, support and development for all Accredited museums or museums working towards Accreditation.
The Museum Development Fund is part of the arts council’s Renaissance funding programme and aims to focus on gaps in development and target museums, particularly smaller institutions, that are not covered by other strands of Renaissance funding.
The arts council, which has run the fund since 2012, has made one major change to the current line-up of providers for the next round.
In the West Midlands, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will take over from Herefordshire Heritage Services and the Marches Network to deliver the £864,000 programme for the region.
Elsewhere, Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives will continue to lead the fund in the South West, while the Royal Pavilion in Brighton has been named again as lead partner in the South East.
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums will continue to deliver the fund in the North East. The award puts the institution in the unique position of being a Major Partner Museum, museum development provider and Bridge organisation all within the same funding period.
John Orna-Ornstein, the arts council’s director of museums, said: “Significant reductions in public funding mean these are challenging times for many museums.
"At the same time, museums of all sizes continue to show extraordinary ambition and resilience, and to deliver wonderful services to their communities. This is the most accessible fund we’ve had for museums and is focused squarely on helping the sector adapt at a time of rapid change.”
Ironbridge chief executive Anna Brennand said: “This funding will allow us to work with colleagues from across the region to lead, empower and equip the west midlands museums to build capacity, increase resilience and develop the skills and knowledge to transform and thrive in an exciting and cross-cultural context.”
- Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives (South West)
- Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (West Midlands)
- Leicestershire County Council (East Midlands)
- The Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium (North West)
- Museum of London (London)
- Norfolk Museums Service (East of England)
- Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove with Chatham Historic Dockyard, Oxfordshire County Council and Hampshire County Council (South East)
- Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (North East)
- York Museums Trust (Yorkshire)
Due to incomplete information received, this article originally contained a number of errors. The Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium will continue to deliver the programme in the North West. The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove will continue to work in partnership with Chatham Historic Dockyard, Oxfordshire County Council and Hampshire County Council to deliver the programme in the South East.