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Arts Council England announces Museum Development funding

Arts Council England has announced announced  the continuation of  the South East Museum Development Programme led  in the South East and Hampshire Solent by  Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove working  in close partnership with Chatham Historic Dockyard, Oxfordshire  County  Council  and Hampshire  County Council, for a further three years 2015-2018.

The funding will enable important work with museums of all sizes in the South East.

The successful applicants to the Museum development fund will provide a national network of professional advice to all museums. Their priority will be to improve the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector, helping to maximise benefits to audiences and communities.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to support Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums and its partners’ continued contribution to museum development and excellence in the South East. Under the banner of the South East Museum Development programme the consortium has shown outstanding commitment to museum development in the region, particularly through facilitation of peer support and training, and this funding will enable it to build on this success.’

Janita Bagshawe, Director Royal Pavilion & Museums, says: “We are very pleased to have received the Museum development fund again. We look forward to continuing our work with the Arts Council on the Museum development programme and with our delivery partners Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Oxfordshire County Museums Service and Hampshire Museums.”

Together, these nine museum development providers will receive around £3 million a year. The aim of the programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all accredited museums, as well as those working towards accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities.

Further details on the Museum development fund can be found on the Arts Council website.

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