Understanding British Portraits, led by the National Portrait Gallery in London, was awarded £10,000

ACE awards grants to 22 subject specialist networks

Geraldine Kendall, 25.07.2012
Successful applicants to share £174,600 this year
Arts Council England (ACE) yesterday announced the 22 subject specialist networks (SSNs) set to share a pot of £174,600 over 2012-13 to develop museum collections. 

The SSN fund, which is part of the Renaissance programme, aims to support museum experts in sharing collections knowledge and best practice, and building partnerships across the country.

Successful applicants to this year’s fund include the Rural Museums Network (£9,100), the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (£13,000), the Museum Ethnographers Group (£9,000) and the Social History Curators Group (£8,295).

The Contemporary Studio Ceramics network and Understanding Ceramics were awarded £4,400 and £1,000 respectively, while the Money and Medals network got £10,000 and £9,000 went to Dress and Textiles.

Understanding British Portraits, which is led by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), was awarded £10,000. The gallery’s director, Sandy Nairne, said: “We are delighted that this funding will benefit collections across the country.”

He added that the funding would allow the network to develop a “shared programme of bursaries, seminars and online resources which enhance the understanding of British portrait collections”.

ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: “The funding announced today will be used to share best practice across the sector, developing these collections for the benefit of audiences today and in the future.”

Full list of SSN fund allocations

  • Museum Ethnographers Group £9,200
  • Rural Museums Network £9,100
  • Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) £13,000
  • UK Medical Collections Group £10,000
  • Money and Medals £10,000
  • British Aviation Preservation Council £10,000
  • Understanding British Portraits £10,000
  • Maritime £9,500
  • Dress and Textiles £9,000
  • British Art £5,000
  • Histories of the Home £5,000
  • Contemporary Art Society £9,850
  • Contemporary Studio Ceramics £4,400
  • Understanding Ceramics £1,000
  • Science, Technology and Industry £6,000
  • Social History Curators Group £8,295
  • Posters £5,000
  • Theatre Information Group £2,500
  • Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums £7,755
  • Sports Heritage Network £7,000
  • ACESS £5,000
  • Plastics £5,000
  • Evaluation of the projects £13,000


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