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£4 million boost for museums across England - polar bears, dinosaurs, historic dogs and rare violins to benefit
Forty-three museums and galleries in England will benefit from grants totalling £4 million, Culture Minister Margaret Hodge announced today. Provided jointly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation, the grants will help improve the quality of museum displays and the visitor experience.
This year's grants go to an imaginative array of projects
aimed to improve access and understanding of our cultural
* A room makeover for Leicester's dinosaurs
* Improved access to internationally significant collection including eighty-eight stuffed domestic dogs, which illustrate the impact of selective breeding - Natural History Museum at Tring
* Redisplay of the rare Amati violin - Cumbria
* Conservation and rehanging of 18th century "mobile" Chinese wallpaper lost for 150 years - Harewood House
* Refurbishment of the Tank Museum - Bovington
* A new Buddhist Sculpture in Asia gallery - Victoria and Albert Museum, London
* A new double storey, 3D Bio Wall dedicated to the natural world - the Great North Museum project, Tyne & Wear
* Creation of a major new exhibition of London's history from 1950 to present, Londoners - Museum of London
* Re-display of the popular Foreign Mammals Gallery - including the Norfolk Polar Bear - Norwich Castle
* An improved entrance for the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, in their 75th anniversary year
* Innovative new signage system at the British Museum using images of iconic objects in the collection at key points in the galleries.
Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said:
"Once again the DCMS Wolfson Fund is providing support for museums and galleries from all regions of England. This year's grants go to an imaginative array of projects in national institutions, university collections and well-loved local museums and galleries. This funding will give visitors the best possible experience of some wonderful collections
Paul Ramsbottom, Executive Secretary of the Wolfson Foundation
"The Trustees of the Wolfson Foundation are pleased that the fund again attracted a large number of high quality applications. This investment continues to be appreciated by museums and galleries, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with DCMS to the benefit of so many important cultural institutions."
This is the sixth year of the current DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, which has awarded a total of £20 million to institutions around the country since it was set up in 2002.
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The DCMS/Wolfson Foundation Museums & Galleries Improvement
Fund allocates £4 million annually to capital projects in national
and regional museums and galleries.
Museums and galleries eligible to bid from the fund include institutions sponsored by DCMS, designated collections in museums or universities, and museums with non-designated collections in regional hubs.
A summary of the successful institutions and projects is given below:
Institution Location Project Funding Awarded Ashmolean Museum Oxford The Cast Gallery: £165,000 uniting Classical sculpture Beamish, the North County Durham Colliery Lamp Cabin £145,000 of England Open Air Museum Birmingham City Birmingham Museum of the £70,000 Museums and Art Jewellery Quarter - Gallery gallery and visitor improvements Bradford Museums Bradford Cliffe Castle Museum - £25,000 Keighley's Stories Bristol Museums Bristol Creative Spaces in £85,000 Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery British Museum London Innovative new signage £100,000 system using images of iconic objects in the collection at key points in the galleries. Colchester Museums Colchester Natural History Museum £55,000 New Geology and Climate Gallery Courtauld London Gallery Entrance £40,000 Institute of Art Project Exeter City Exeter The Royal Albert £50,000 Museums and Art Memorial Museum and Gallery Arts Gallery Development Project Fitzwilliam Cambridge Greek and Roman £300,000 Gallery Project Hampshire County Basingstoke The Willis Museum: Fit £50,000 Museums Service for the 21st Century Harewood House Leeds Re-hanging of Chinese £83,300 Trust Wallpaper in the East Bedroom at Harewood House Hartlepool Museums Hartlepool New, improved and £80,000 hands-on 'Story of Hartlepool' galleries Imperial War London Creation of new £80,000 Museum exhibition space (B Floor Galleries) Imperial War Museum London Jewish Museum London The Jewish Museum £95,000 Development Project Leeds Museums and Leeds Building on Success: £72,000 Galleries the restoration of [A] Sir John Ramsden's Dressing Room and the Red Dressing Room, and [B] the Darnley Room at Temple Newsam Leicester City Leicester New Walk Museum and £145,000 Museums and Art Art Gallery - Gallery Prehistorica London Transport London Creation of a new £125,000 Museum design gallery for the Museum's reopening in Nov 2007 Manchester Museum Manchester Manchester Identity £120,000 Project, developing a new permanent exhibition, and creating a new model for public engagement and community participation within museums exhibitions. It will be specifically designed to explore the Museum's own relationship with Manchester's historic and contemporary place in the world, celebrating its links with the people of Manchester. Museum of London London Creation of a major £70,000 new exhibit looking at London's history from 1950 to the present National Gallery London Improvements to £100,000 environmental controls in the 16th Century Flemish and Netherlandish Galleries National Maritime London Build of special £75,000 Museum Exhibitions Gallery National Motor Beaulieu, Re-vitalising £60,000 Museum Hampshire Britain's first major exhibition of motoring history; the National Motor Museum in the 21st Century. National Museums Liverpool Maritime Park - using £220,000 Liverpool modern technology to bring Liverpool's historic docks and quaysides to life, and to link Merseyside Maritime Museum and the newly opened International Slavery Museum with the Museum of Liverpool, due to open in 2010. National Portrait London Providing lift access £122,000 Gallery to the mezzanine landing, the only part of the Gallery currently not accessible to visitors and staff with mobility problems, together with other improvements to the display area. Natural History Tring, Natural History Museum £87,000 Museum Hertfordshire at Tring Gallery Six Redevelopment: Amphibians, Reptiles, Marsupials and Domestic Dogs Norfolk Museums Norwich Transforming the £60,000 Natural History Galleries at Norwich Castle, exploring the lives of the Victorian collectors through fascinating tales of adventure and exploration. Many more specimens will be on display, some for the first time such as the extremely rare Great Auk. Oxford University Oxford Basement showcase £55,000 Museum of Natural upgrade History Peoples' History Manchester Build a new and £60,000 Museum improved Changing Exhibition Gallery and create a new Community Gallery Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford Showcasing the Pitt £128,000 Rivers Museum's new entrance Royal Engineers Chatham Model Bridging Gallery £33,400 Museum Project Sedgwick Museum Cambridge Sedgwick Museum £28,000 Gallery Redevelopment (Darwin Project) - Making the galleries more accessible to hearing, sight and mobility impaired visitors Sheffield Sheffield Graves Art Gallery - £126,000 Galleries & Rise and Shine Stage Museums Trust II Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent Gladstone Pottery £39,000 Museums Service Museum - Learning for Life Tank Museum Bovington At Close Quarters - £100,000 The Discovery Centre Tullie House Carlisle Amati violin display £8,300 Museum & Art and interpretation Gallery project Tyne & Wear Newcastle upon Diversity of Life £200,000 Museums Tyne (Great North Museum) Victoria and London Buddhist Sculpture in £300,000 Albert Museum Asia Wallace London Restoration of the £75,000 Collection* Small Drawing Room, creating a new setting for the wonderful Fete Galante paintings of 18th Century France by Watteau, Pater and Lancret. Weald and Downland Chichester Vehicle and Implement £27,000 Museum Gallery Wedgwood Museum Stoke-on-Trent The Enhancement and £100,000 Trust Implementation of the Wedgwood Museum's Interpretation Plan Wiltshire Heritage Devizes Visitor Access £11,000 Museum Improvements York Museums trust York Accessing York's £30,000 Museums