Resilience funding boost for Melton Museum
Melton Carnegie Museum will benefit from £87,300 grant from the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund.
The investment will be used by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Museum Development East Midlands to ensure the museum continues to appeal to and encourages a wide range of visitors.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for museums, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the funding, which will not only help us to continue to offer a celebration of local history and heritage in the area but to enhance our visitor experience and reach a much wider audience”.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “In the Midlands we’re fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museum collections on our doorstep housing local histories and national treasures. We believe these museums – and the objects they keep safe – play a vital part in community life, helping us celebrate our heritage, deepening our knowledge of the world around us, and entertaining people of all ages. This latest investment from our Museum Resilience Fund is about helping our region’s museums become more sustainable businesses so their rich collections can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.”
This was the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund. A total of 94 museums and organisations received a combined £12.2 million of funds. The funding is specifically intended to enable museums to become sustainable and resilient as businesses.
Museum Development East Midlands will be working closely with the council to create a bespoke development programme for Melton. This will also include a peer support network for market town museums, sharing best practice and partnership opportunities. Information on the network will be released by MDEM shortly.