The British Motor Museum has been successful in its application to become an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and is now one of 72 Museums joining the Portfolio of 831 museums, libraries and arts organisations for the period 2018 - 2022.
The Museum will receive a total of £880,000 over four years. This will support activities and development work including funding for family and schools learning programmes, continuing support for the Transport Fund run for community groups & schools and improvements to disabled access. The investment will also support two new exhibitions at the Museum in 2019 and 2021, as well as the creation of a digital platform linked to the website that will see more of the Museum and Archive collections being accessible online. The Museum will also work with artists, community and school groups on a number of exciting projects during the four years.
A number of activities will also continue that have already started as part of the successful ACE-funded Museum Resilience project run by the Trust since 2015. These include the extension of the Museum's costumed Museum 'Explainers' who have proved extremely popular with visitors and further Community development activities with local and regional community groups.
Tim Bryan, Head of Collections at the Museum said, "We are delighted by the continuing investment from Arts Council England and the chance to join the National Portfolio which is recognition of the great work undertaken by the team and the quality of our collections and services. This fantastic news will help to ensure the resilience of the Museum in the future and also cement our reputation as one of the most important Museums in the region".
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "We're delighted to be welcoming the British Motor Museum into the national portfolio for the next four years. The Museum highlights the role that the motor industry has played in the economic, social and technical development of England and it will be great to see our funding make their historical collection more widely available for people to enjoy."
To find out more about the British Motor Museum please visit the website at http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.