Saturday, May 28, 2022

Hull & East Riding Museum could get financial boost from Government

Hull & East Riding Museum could be eligible for financial support for from the Government under a newly-announced package of measures to support cultural venues including museums, galleries and public libraries.

All could share in up to £128 million of funding to help improve accessibility to the arts and safeguard their futures. The Hull Museum, says the Government, falls into the  £60.3m Museum Estate and Development Fund design to help fund urgent museum maintenance and infrastructure works beyond their day-to-day budgets. Arts Council England accredited museums in England not directly funded by DCMS can apply. .Organisations are now being encouraged to submit expressions of interest to receive support following the previous allocation of £48 million worth of funding to 60 organisations earlier this year.

Funding of infrastructure projects at museums, improvements in local library services and investment in community-focused cultural sites will ensure that these cultural assets at the heart of communities will help regional economies and protect their unique local heritage for generations to come.

Support will be targeted to areas which have historically had lower levels of cultural investment as part of the government’s commitment to levelling up access to culture across the country.

Funding will be targeted on locally-led cultural projects, museums and public libraries in England.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said: “Cultural institutions form the heart of communities across the country and it is important that we provide them with the support they need.

“This funding will help make culture more accessible to everyone, including people who may not have enjoyed its benefits before, as well as supporting vital maintenance work to secure the future of many venues. It is an important part of our plan to level up the country, for the benefit of everybody.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: “Artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries have the power to animate and energise villages, towns and cities in amazing and innovative ways.

“This new investment in culture and creativity will help people across the country to enjoy happier lives.”

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