Funding secured for vital museum improvements

Funding secured for vital museum improvements

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery among more than 60 galleries, museums, libraries and cultural venues to receive grant from Government’s Cultural Investment Fund.

17 March 2022

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been awarded over three quarters of a million pounds to undertake vital infrastructure and refurbishment works.

Following a successful bid to the Museums Estate and Development Fund, the museum will benefit from £679,365 of funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, delivered by Arts Council England.  

The grant will be match funded with £75,485 from Bristol Museums Development Trust, the independent charity that raises money for Bristol Museums and Archives, following unanimous approval from the charity’s board of trustees. 

Among the work to be carried out is the refurbishment of the roof above the Natural History office, the installation of a new boiler in the museum basement, weatherproofing the windows in the conservation department and the replacement of some electrical systems. 

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol with responsibility for culture, said: “It is wonderful news that Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been successful in its bid to the Cultural Investment Fund. This essential remedial work will keep the building open so it can continue to engage visitors in world-class exhibitions and events, while preserving the building’s listed status. Most importantly, the money will enable the museum to safeguard our internationally significant collection for future generations. I would especially like to thank Bristol Museums Development Trust for their continued support and advocacy. By protecting the fabric and longevity of the building, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery can continue to act as a community and civic focal point for the city.” 

Nigel Hardy, Chair of Bristol Museums Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this successful application and provide the 10 per cent match funding. Bristol Museums Development Trust raises funds to support the museums for the benefit of the public and we are grateful for the generous support we receive from our wonderful visitors and donors. Each and every donation we receive is valuable as it enables projects like this to happen. We are thrilled to help preserve this magnificent building.”

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said: “Culture is the bedrock of society. It brings people together, entertains and informs us, and helps us to understand our common past and shared future. This week we announced a raft of new funding for treasured cultural institutions up and down the country. This will help them to continue their great work, advance our work to level up access to arts and culture so they can be enjoyed by people no matter where they live, and protect these cherished institutions for future generations to enjoy.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “Our artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries are experts in making villages, towns and cities better places to live, work, visit or play. This investment means they’ll be able to help more people across England to lead happier, more creative lives”.

The Cultural Investment Fund will see £48 million distributed to 63 organisations. It is allocated through three streams: £24 million through the Cultural Development Fund, £18.8 million through the Museums Estate and Development Fund, and £5 million through the Libraries Improvement Fund. The Museum Estate and Development Fund helps fund museum and local authority infrastructure projects and urgent maintenance works beyond their day-to-day budgets.

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