Arts Council Announces Major Grant Awards

Arts Council England have announced the museums who will receive funding under the Major Grants scheme.  The successful museums in the West Midlands were Birmingham Museums Trust (Birmingham Museums & Thinktank) and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

Other museums awarded Major Grants are:

  • Beamish and Bowes Museum
  • Bristol City Council
  • Cumbria Museums Consortium (Tullie House, Wordsworth Trust, Lakeland Arts Trust)
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Leeds Museums and Galleries
  • Manchester Partnership (Manchester City Galleries, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery)
  • Museum of London
  • Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
  • Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Museums Service
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
  • Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
  • University of Cambridge Museums
  • York Museums Trust

For more information on the announcement see:  :


2 responses to “Arts Council Announces Major Grant Awards

  • linda769

    It was really interesting to read about the total level of funding the sector applied from this funding pot, I quote:

    The Arts Council received 29 eligible applications for Major partner funding, requesting a total of £116.4 million over three years. The 16 successful applicants requested £23.5 million a year against an annual budget of approximately £20 million.

    If you were to add in all the museums and galleries that were ineligible to apply for this particular funding, it makes you realise how little funds there are to go around from these sorts of funding pots compared to what, as a sector, we would like to spend and how we need to look for quite radically different ways of getting funds into the sector.

    • curator99

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, when you put into the context the amounts requested, and the actual amounts that were available under the Major Grants scheme, it really does flag up the considerable funding gaps our sector is currently facing.

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