Museums Sheffield celebrates Major Arts Council Partnership

Jul 01 2014

Museums Sheffield has succeeded in its application to become a Major Partner Museum. Arts Council England has awarded the Trust £1.8m of funding for the city’s museums and galleries from April 2015 to March 2018. Under the Arts Council England scheme, the charity is set to become one of just 21 museums across the country to be awarded the status.

The cash will support a wide range of projects and activities at the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery, and Weston Park museum, including new displays from the city’s own collections, national touring exhibitions, public events, and increased educational activity for children and young people. Along with funding a number of paid staff positions, the funding will allow Museums Sheffield to continue to expand its volunteering programme, which attracts volunteers of all ages from across the city.

The good news follows a recent string of successful funding bids for Museums Sheffield, including stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund approval for plans to improve Weston Park museum, and support from the DCMS Wolfson fund to overhaul the city’s Metalwork collection, displayed at the Millennium Gallery.

In order to apply to become a Major Partner Museum, museums across the country were required to demonstrate their ability to deliver Arts Council England’s five key goals, which include providing great art for everyone, achieving excellence, allowing children and young people to experience the richness of museums, showing leadership within the region, and improving environmental sustainability.

Kim Streets, Chief Executive at Museums Sheffield, said:

“This is fantastic news for Sheffield. Our city has a proud tradition of supporting its museums and galleries and this recognition from Arts Council England will allow us to reach out to both existing and new audiences over the next three years. We look forward to working with the Arts Council, and our primary funder, Sheffield City Council, to give Sheffield museums and galleries we can all be proud of”

Cllr Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said:

"This award from Arts Council England recognises the importance of our Museums and the city's collections at a national level. We are really delighted that another major cultural institution in Sheffield is being supported by this national funding stream. Kim Streets and her team are to be congratulated for all their hard work in achieving this success."

Further details on Major Partner Museums 2015-18 are available on the Arts Council England website here 

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