Update on ongoing Arts Council England funding negotiations

Feb 14 2012

Yesterday our Chief Executive, Nick Dodd and Director of Learning and Knowledge, Kim Streets met with representatives from Arts Council England as part of ongoing negotiations about Museum Sheffield’s funding. 

Nick Dodd said of the meeting: 

‘Monday’s meeting was primarily to discuss Transitional Funding, money which would allow us to honour our exhibition programme commitments over the next six months. In the next fortnight we hope to receive confirmation of the level of Transitional Funding we can expect. 

‘At present, Museums Sheffield faces having to make 45 redundancies; significant Transitional Funding will allow us to maintain aspects of the public service while we go through the restructuring process and leave us better equipped to bid for the Arts Council’s Strategic Support Funding, which will become available in September.   

‘While Strategic Support Funding cannot replace the level of funding that would have been available through the Arts Council’s Major Grants Programme, substantial Strategic Support funding could allow us to develop a sustainable exhibitions and education programme going forward. 

‘A potential figure of up to £500,000 of Strategic Support Funding has been publicised in the press today. While this would be an increase to the levels of Strategic Support originally suggested, we are yet to receive any official indication from the Arts Council of the amount of money we will be able to bid for come September. 

‘Any advances made in our negotiations with the Arts Council are in no small part due to the heartfelt, vocal support of the public, who continue to demonstrate the importance of the museums and galleries to their city. On behalf of the people of Sheffield, we and our partners will continue to do our utmost to secure the best possible museums service for the city.’



  1. Written by Karen Wilkes about 10 years, 2 months ago

    Our family (myself, husband, son and grand-daughter) visited this week - the numbers of children who were there and their enthusiasm for everything in the museum was a joy to see. We had offered our 11 year old grand-daughter the choice of various venues - but she chose Weston Park Museum - she has visited a few times now and enjoyed every minute. The Chinese display was amazing. Long may it continue to flourish!

  2. Written by rosemary moffatt about 10 years, 2 months ago

    This morning and throughout the last year, I have really enjoyed "Connecting with the Collections" art programme in the Graves Gallery Workroom every Friday morning. Having been brought up in Sheffield, the Graves Gallery was greatly valued by my family over the generations. Sheffield's art collection is unique and should be protected for use of the citizens and visitors to the city.

  3. Written by Martin Cooper about 10 years, 2 months ago

    My family (myself, wife, son, dauaghter-in-law, and grand-daughter age 2 in March) visited the China exebition and much of the rest of the museum this week. I also come regularly with retired work friends and friends from church. Having been brought up and lived in Sheffield all of my life I have an on going relationship with Sheffield museums over the generations. Long may they flurish!

  4. Written by John Morgan about 10 years, 2 months ago

    Sheffield Winter Gardens,Graves Gallery, and Western park Museum, are a vital link to the people of Sheffield and the outside world, of nature social history and the arts.All the exibitions are always very well attended by residents of Sheffield and area. Sheffield is the forth largest city in the uk , it is outrageous that this funding is being cut. The arts are such an important cog in the wheel of life. We should protest long and hard until the Arts Council review this draconian act upon the people of Sheffield.

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