5 April 2012

West Midlands Museums Win Renaissance Awards

Arts Council England on Monday 2 April published details of the final award amounts for its Renaissance major partner museums and the final transitional funding budget for museums exiting the old Renaissance programme.

In the West Midlands Birmingham Museums Trust (Birmingham City Council and Thinktank) will receive £5,091,615,  and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will receive £2,434,227 over three years.  They are among 16 Major partner museums in England to receive awards.

In January 2012, Arts Council England announced the 16 successful Major partner museums receiving funding through the reworked Renaissance programme between 2012-15. This was the first time major grants to regional museums had been awarded for a three year period (2012/13 – 2014/15) by Arts Council England via an open application process against published criteria.

The 16 successful applicants requested £23.5 million a year against an annual budget of approximately £20 million. The exact amounts of each Major partner museum's award have been negotiated on an individual basis, and are published here.

The awards to Major partner museums total £62.6 million over the next three financial years.

For more information visit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/final-awards-renaissance-major-partner-museums/