Monday, March 2, 2015

Arts Council England funding of £111K secured for Wakefield Museums

Wakefield Council Museums have been successful in securing funding of £111,140 from Arts Council England.  This funding will enable the district's museums to deliver an exciting programme of exhibitions and activity over the next year.

This funding will focus on improving the visitors experience across our museum venues and includes projects such as:

- improving family activities
- reviewing  our 'welcome'
- a spectacular exhibition at Wakefield Museum 
- a project collecting & displaying Wakefield Stories 
- investment in staff training and development
- involving more people in our changing displays

Cllr Les Shaw, Portfollio Holder for Sport & Culture said, ‘This is a fantastic boost for our museums, and more importantly for our visitors. This programme will enable us to build in long-lasting improvements to our offer, giving visitors more access to museum collections.’

Sarah Maxfield, Area Director, North, Arts Council England, said: ‘“Our Museums resilience fund supports museums by enabling them to become more sustainable and robust, whatever their size, and helping them to offer improved experiences for both audiences and artists. I’m delighted that 27 museums across the North have been awarded a total of £3.7 million in this round and look forward to seeing the results of this funding in the future. The Arts Council’s aim is to achieve great art and culture for everyone – the North has some fantastic museums across the area which between them reach thousands of visitors each year therefore greatly supporting us in our mission. ”

Keep up to date with developments by following us on Twitter @WFMuseums, and this blog!

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