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24th January 2012
Birmingham’s new Museums Trust today received a major boost as Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and Thinktank secured Arts Council England funding for the next three years.
Arts Council England has announced the 16 Major partner museums who will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for the next three years (April 2012 – March 2015) as part of its Renaissance programme for regional museums.
Full details of the grant will be confirmed at a later date but today’s announcement means Birmingham Museums Trust can extend the quality and reach of programmes both regionally and nationally, broadening access to the collections and reaching a wider audience.
Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “This is a ringing endorsement for Birmingham and its museums, and we’re extremely grateful that the Arts Council clearly recognises the exciting plans we are putting in place.
“We’re delighted to have secured Arts Council Renaissance funding for the next three years and this is a huge step forward in our project to combine the Birmingham City Council Museums and Thinktank Trust into a new single Museums Trust for Birmingham (Birmingham Museums Trust).”
Len Clark, Chairman of Thinktank Trust continued: “We’ll discover the size of the grant over the coming weeks but I’m confident this support will help us to create even more opportunities for Birmingham communities and the West Midland region to engage in arts, science, heritage and culture.
“This is truly a great first step for Birmingham Museums Trust and creates fantastic prospects for the organisation.”
The funding will be essential in the ongoing transformational project to combine the Birmingham City Council Museums and Thinktank Trust into a new single Museums Trust for Birmingham.
By supporting the cultural and learning agenda, the Arts Council funding will help the new Trust to create even more opportunities for Birmingham communities and the West Midland region to engage in arts, science, heritage and culture.
The Arts Council praised the Birmingham museums application on many levels. It noted strong areas of achievement in the different venues and the intention to share good practice. It also mentioned the wide reach of audiences for the different venues, a strong commitment towards extending this diversity.
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