More than £3.7 million has been awarded to 27 museums in the north with Barnsley Museums receiving £108,500, all of which will assist the service in exploring further fundraising options.
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.”
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson, for Place, said: “Barnsley is delighted to have been successful in receiving funding through the Museums Resilience Fund. With the money they will be looking at options for increasing fundraising for the museum service.”
The Museum Resilience Fund aims to support a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses. The programme focuses on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector, recognising that excellence and the potential for excellence can be found in museums of all sizes.