35 museums and galleries across the UK will receive grants of up to £300,000 to increase access, transform displays and enhance public spaces.
The DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund is issuing £4 million funding to 35 locations, 80% of which are outside London.
The money will go towards improving the quality of displays, enhancing exhibition spaces and public access, and increasing awareness of collections.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis, said: “Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we are rightly proud of these institutions. The DCMS/Wolfson Fund demonstrates how the government and philanthropic organisations can work together to boost our museum sector.
“We want people up and down the country to enjoy culture and heritage wherever they are. The 35 grants awarded today will make important contributions towards improving the visitor experience; ensuring our wonderful collections are open to as many people as possible.”
Recipients include the Horniman Museum and Gardens today, in Forest Hill, South East London. The museum will receive a grant of £90,000 to redevelop its Music Gallery.
Manchester Museum – which last year announced its expansion plans – will receive £190,000 for its project ‘hello future’. The project aims to create inclusive and imaginative exhibitions on zoology, earth sciences and archaeology.
Tullie House in Carlisle will receive £252,000 for its project ‘Dressed to Impress’, while the Museum of East Anglian Life will receive £250,000.
The grants come after museums had a successful year in 2018 – despite some challenges facing the sector.
Image courtesy Manchester Museum