Arts Council England has awarded nearly £680,000 to 11 Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) for projects taking place between January and June 2020.
The funding includes support for two new networks: the Workhouse Museums Network and the War and Conflict SSN.
The Workhouse Museums Network, which is run by Norfolk Museums Service, brings together those with an interest in the history of poverty and welfare.
The War and Conflict SSN, run by Imperial War Museums (IWM), has been developed as part of the legacy of the First World War Centenary Partnership, which saw the creation of a network of more than 4,000 not-for-profit organisations, led by IWM, to mark the centenary.
The 11 SSNs that received grants are:
- Money and Medals Network, The British Museum, London, £63,659
- Understanding British Portraits SSN, National Portrait Gallery, London, £75,331
- British Art Network SSN, Tate Gallery, London, £79,949
- European Paintings pre-1900 SSN, The National Gallery, London, £68,081
- The War and Conflict SSN, Imperial War Museum, London, £66,762`
- Islamic Art & Material Culture SSN, Birmingham Museums Trust, Midlands, £61,000
- The Photographic Collections Network, Redeye (North West Photography Network) Ltd, North, £69,800
- Contemporary Studio Ceramics SSN, York Museums Trust, North, £78,025
- Workhouse Museums Network, Norfolk Museums Service, South East, £52,373
- Rural Museums Network, Rural Museums Network, South East, £15,140
- Society for Museum Archaeology, Society for Museum Archaeology, South West, £49,413
SSNs develop the museum sector’s knowledge by sharing expertise, providing advice, skill sharing and training to other museums and organisations. This fund aims to supports them to continue their work, including helping museums to use collections to engage, entertain and educate visitors.