Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, and Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism today announced the 35 museums and galleries across England who will receive a share of the £4 million DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund.

The fund supports national and regional museums to improve the quality of displays, enhance exhibition spaces and public access, and increase awareness of their collections.

The announcement was made this morning at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, South East London. One of this year’s successful recipients, the museum will receive £90,000 for gallery improvements as part of its ‘Music in the Making’ project. The project will involve musicians from a wide range of musical genres creating and performing works inspired by the Horniman’s collection, transforming the way in which audiences interact with the museum.

To date, the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have jointly funded 382 projects at 114 museums groups and galleries and awarded £48 million since 2001 when the fund was established.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis said:

“Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we are rightly proud of these institutions. The DCMS/Wolfson Fund is a great example of how the government and philanthropic organisations can work together to boost our museum sector.

“We want people up and down the country to be able to enjoy culture and heritage wherever they are. The 35 grants we have awarded today will make important contributions towards improving the visitor experience and ensuring our wonderful collections are open to as many people as possible.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said:

“We are delighted to provide this funding through our longstanding partnership with DCMS – an excellent example of how we as a charity can work together fruitfully with government. We are grateful to DCMS for matching our funding.

“One of the great treasures of this country is the sheer quality and range of our heritage collections – stored and displayed in wonderful museums and galleries. This funding will help to provide even better visitor experiences and greater awareness of these fascinating collections. A particular joy of this funding round has been the impressive mix of the projects supported: from a dress collection at Carlisle’s Tullie House to temporary exhibition space in Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum.”

Horniman Museum & Gardens – Music Gallery
L:R – Nick Merriman (Horniman Chief Executive), Michael Ellis MP, Mimi Waitzman (Horniman), Paul Ramsbottom (Chief Executive Wolfson Foundation) and Margaret Birley (Horniman)