DCMS news release 192\02, 28 October 2002
TEN MUSEUMS TO RECEIVE £2 MILLION CASH BOOST TO IMPROVE DISPLAYS
Ten museums around the country are to share grants totalling £2 million to
help improve the quality of their displays, care of collections and gallery
refurbishment. Museums in Liverpool, London, Bradford, Oxford and Newcastle
The grants, funded jointly by the Culture Department and the Wolfson
Foundation, are the first phase of a new five-year joint Museums and
Galleries Improvement Fund.
Arts Minister Tessa Blackstone said:
"Top quality collections need top quality displays to bring them alive for
museum visitors. It is no surprise that those museums which take trouble
over presenting their collections in an eye-catching and imaginative way,
are rewarded with increased visitor numbers. The grants announced today will
help ten museums around the country make more of their treasures.
"I am particularly grateful for the continued support of the Wolfson
Foundation whose support for museums and galleries has done so much for them
over the years."
Lord Wolfson said:
"The Wolfson Foundation and the Department have been in partnership in many
successful joint funding projects since 1990. I am delighted that we are
again cooperating with the Department on a new five year joint fund to
support our key museums and galleries to improve standards of display to
their collections and exhibition spaces."
Notes to Editors
A summary of the successful institutions and projects is given below:
Institution: Geffrye Museum
Project : Creation of a permanent display in one of the Museum's historic
Funding Awarded: £60,000
Institution: National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (Science
Project : Converting an existing gallery to one dedicated to photography
exhibitions and permanent photographic collection which will include the
Royal Photographic Society's Collection
Funding Awarded: £260,000
Institution: Merseyside Maritime Museum (National Museums and Galleries on
Project : To create a permanent exhibition suite to stage major exhibitions
from the collections of Museum of Liverpool Life, HM Customs and Excise
National Museum, Maritime Museum as well as touring exhibitions.
Funding Awarded: £200,000
Institution: Sir John Soane's Museum
Project : Lighting improvements of the collections and interiors
Funding Awarded: £350,000
Institution: Tate Britain
Project : Improvements to environmental control and display of the North
Duveen Sculpture Gallery and improved disabled access.
Funding Awarded: £350,000
Institution: Victoria and Albert Museum
Project : Refurbishment of Painting Galleries to return them to their
intended use of displaying 18th and 19th Century paintings
Funding Awarded: £300,000
Designated University Collection
Institution: Ashmolean Museum
Project : To establish a new Special Exhibitions Gallery Location: Oxford
Funding Awarded: £150,000
Institution: Hancock Museum
Project : Refurbishment of the Geology Balcony to create a Fossil Zone
designed to be accessible to children and wheelchair users. Will include an
information centre for microscopes where specimens can be handled.
Funding Awarded: £65,000
Institution: Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Project : Refurbishment of displays in the Great Court and arcades
Funding Awarded: £165,000
Institution: Pitt Rivers Museum
Project : To re-open a closed section of the Museum's upper gallery to
display musical instruments though the ages and to improve the lower
Funding Awarded: £100,000
There will be a further round in 2003-04 of the Museums and Galleries Fund.
The 2002-03 Fund was open to bids from the museums and galleries sponsored
by DCMS and designated University based collections. The Fund total for each
of the first two years, 2002-03 and 2003-04 is £2 million, with the Wolfson
Foundation and DCMS each contributing £1 million.
The successful bids were judged against the following criteria:
Broadening access and social inclusion to the collection(s); Improve the
quality of display, storage conditions, care of the collection(s) and
preserving them for future generations; Improve the experience for visitors
with special needs; Ability to deliver flexible visitor programmes, i.e.
exhibitions; Improve the building, galleries and public spaces to appeal to
The Wolfson Foundation is a charitable foundation set up in 1955 whose aims
are the advancement of science, health, education and the arts and
humanities. It has for a number of years supported the renovation of museums
and galleries and the promotion of scientific research and education.
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