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Museums in England to Benefit from New Infrastructure Funding 

Museums in England to Benefit from New Infrastructure Funding 
12 February 2024

The latest round of the government’s Museum Estate and Development Fund means that museums across England can apply for a share of £23.8 million for infrastructure updates.

Museums in England which are accredited by Arts Council England can apply for funding to finance repairs to buildings and support capital projects. The online portal to register Expressions of Interest opens on 4 March 2024.

The Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) launched in 2021 and counts Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum and the Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham amongst its successful applicants. In 2022, The London Transport Museum received £277,093 in 2021 for essential upgrades to its visitor lifts as part of the scheme.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “Museums bring huge benefits to towns and cities across England and the people who live in them.  By investing in the infrastructure they need, we can make sure our museums are fit for the future, and can make an even greater contribution to their local economies and communities.”

Arts and Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: “The additional funding we are announcing today will mean that even more museums can fund major infrastructure projects, demonstrating the Government’s strong commitment to supporting culture and making sure that everyone has access to brilliant arts and heritage, no matter where they live.”

Picture: a photograph showing the interior of the Natural History Museum, showing some staircases and a statue of Charles Darwin. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 February 2024


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