Museums Sheffield secures major Arts Council England funding

Jun 27 2017

Museums Sheffield is pleased to announce its success in its bid to receive continued major funding from Arts Council England.

The charity, which runs the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum and cares for the city’s art, human history and natural science collections, was today named as one of Art’s Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, securing funding of £600,000 per year through to 2022.

Continued Arts Council England (ACE) funding will enable Museums Sheffield to provide a vibrant exhibition, event and learning programme over the next four years. The National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding replaces the ACE Major Partner Museum funding stream, which comes to an end in March 2018. The Major Partner Museum programme has seen Museums Sheffield receive £600,000 in annual funding between 2015 and 2018. The new NPO funding stream will complement continued funding from Sheffield City Council and is set to support:

  • A programme bringing together the finest in art and design from national and international partners with exhibitions and displays developed in Sheffield, celebrating the city’s history, cultural heritage and remarkable collections that tell its story.
  • A wide range of events, from innovative after hours Live Lates and meaningful opportunities for children and young people to workshops, family activities and work with the city’s diverse communities.

Museums Sheffield has also secured an additional £200,000 each year to support new partnership working between Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, providing greater access to the city’s collections, enhanced opportunities for community participation and promoting health and wellbeing. The two organisations will also work together on a co-produced creative programme that celebrates the life of the city across multiple sites and community settings, as well as range of comprehensive and diverse volunteering opportunities.

Kim Streets, Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, says:
“We’re thrilled to have successfully bid for National Portfolio Organisation and are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for their continued support. NPO funding will help Museums Sheffield deliver a vibrant programme that we hope will engage and reflect Sheffield’s diverse communities, showcasing the very best art, culture, history and heritage in the city. We look forward to working closely with Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to provide a fantastic museum and gallery experience for the people of Sheffield and visitors to the region alike.“

Helen Featherstone, Director of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, says:
“On behalf of the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust I’d like to congratulate Museums Sheffield on their NPO bid, these really are exciting times for arts, culture and heritage in the city. We are also delighted that through this NPO funding Arts Council England will support the two organisations to work in partnership, to share their complimentary skills and expertise over the next four years. We very much look forward to working together with Museums Sheffield, and with local residents to tell Sheffield’s story and enable people to explore the city’s rich heritage."

Commenting on Museums Sheffield’s bid, Arts Council England recognised Museums Sheffield’s:

  • “Exciting blend of contemporary relevance and meaningful community engagement”
  • “Outstanding and genuine dedication to an inclusive approach to the collections”
  • “Robust governance”
  • “Inclusive and welcoming spaces and…opportunities for involvement of diverse communities” 
  • “Strong and dedicated audience focus”
  • “Commitment to provide high quality arts and cultural learning”

Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, Sheffield City Council, says:
"Sheffield’s wonderful museums and galleries play an important role the life of the city, celebrating Sheffield’s successes and inspiring the hundreds of thousands of visitors that pass through their doors each year. It’s great to see Arts Council England award NPO funding in recognition of the valuable contribution they make.”

As a charity, Museums Sheffield must generate £500,000 each year in addition to its funding from Sheffield City Council and Arts Council England to run its sites, care for the city’s collections, deliver its exhibitions and events programme and provide a range of learning opportunities for Sheffield’s schools and communities. Find out more about how you can support Museums Sheffield here 


Visitors enjoying the Beneath Your Feet Gallery at Weston Park Museum © Andy Brown






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