Funding success for the Wiltshire Museum
Tuesday, 27 June, 2017
We are delighted to have been awarded funding by Arts Council England for the Wessex Museums Partnership as one of their National Portfolio Organisations.
The Wessex Museums Partnership is led by Poole Museums Service and includes the Dorset County Museum and Salisbury Museum as well as the Wiltshire Museum.
Today, Arts Council England announced that "103 organisations in the South West that will be in the National Portfolio for 2018-22. These include the arts and cultural organisations in Wiltshire that will together receive around £7.3 million in funding over the four years.
This investment in Wiltshire reflects the diversity of the countyís people, artists and organisations and will support the development of an outstanding cultural offer for Wiltshireís rural and urban communities.
Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum will both enter the portfolio as part of a wider consortium of regional museums, Wessex Museums Partnership. They have excellent local, archaeological collections and new partnership working will enhance the scope and scale of future exhibitions, meaning more great art and culture for audiences across Wiltshire.
These awards are just one strand of Arts Council Englandís total investment in arts and culture during 2018-22, which also includes the National Lottery-funded Grants for Arts and Culture scheme and strategic funds which will be used to support targeted programmes of work that deliver the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, Arts Council Englandís 10-year strategic framework."
Wiltshire Museum Director, David Dawson, said "We are delighted by this vote of confidence in the Wessex Museums Partnership and the Wiltshire Museum. We will be enhancing our outreach offer, particularly to the military communities in Wiltshire and developing major special exhibition programme. We already bring £500,000 into the economy of Devizes and are looking to increase the numbers of our visitors over the next 4 years."