Cornwall Museums Celebrate £1.5m Investment
Schools, young people, students, families with children and volunteers across Cornwall will benefit from brand new investment in museums across Cornwall, which has been secured by the Cornwall Museums Partnership.
The £1.5m funding, awarded by Arts Council England, is part of an overall project of £5m which will be invested in exhibitions and activities to help more people enjoy and explore Cornwall’s internationally important heritage. This major investment, which ultimately means improved facilities for all visitors to museums, will have a positive impact on the economy with increased visitor numbers adding to increased secondary spend and greater job opportunities locally.
The 3 year programme of events and exhibitions, led by the Cornwall Museums Partnership, will include work with schools to explore the impact of Cornish culture around the world and a major exhibition showcasing the best of Cornwall’s unique artistic and industrial heritage in London in 2018.
Twenty of Cornwall’s volunteer led museums will benefit from investment in improved exhibition infrastructure, allowing them to change displays more often and display more objects from their stores giving people across Cornwall greater access to their heritage.
Amongst other benefits the project will deliver in Cornwall are an investment in a range of apprenticeships in museums, a volunteering programme for young people aged 14 to 19 and investment in the museums’ provision to support Arts Award Gold scheme across Cornwall.
Louise Connell, Director of Penlee House Gallery and Museum said ‘Partnership has been central to the work of museums in Cornwall over the last year. With the help of Cornwall Council, we have developed a shared vision of the future in our Museums’ Strategy. Our partnership initiative has helped to access funds which would not have been available had we worked on our own. By joining forces we have managed to secure major investment for Cornwall, against huge competition from major metropolitan museums across England. This funding will help us to ensure that many more people can enjoy and get involved in Cornwall’s unique and important heritage.’
Julian German, Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture at Cornwall Council, said ‘It is really good to see the museums in Cornwall working together so effectively. As a rural area, we are privileged to have such a diverse range of small and medium sized museums with a shared vision, collecting and promoting Cornwall’s unique heritage. This fantastic investment is another example of the success of Cornwall’s museums being recognised outside the Duchy.
Arts Council England’s investment is a recognition of the excellent and innovative work our museums have been doing and will help to ensure that they can realise their ambitious and exciting plans for the future. The result will be a more sustainable and successful museum community and that benefits us all.’
‘The For Cornwall Museums Partnership is a fine example of consortium working, with six leading museums in Cornwall coming together for the first time as a Major partner museum and collaborating with many museums across the county. This partnership demonstrates that excellence can thrive in museums in rural areas.’ Arts Council England