£4m awarded to support English museums

Grants totalling £4 million have been awarded to improve displays and facilities at museums and galleries across England.

Matt Hancock, digital and culture minister, today announced the grants, which are jointly funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation – an independent charity that supports excellence in science, health, education and the arts and humanities.

Hancock said: “Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions.

“These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.”

Paul Ramsbottom, the Wolfson Foundation chief executive, said: “We are grateful to government for matching our funding.

“From Egyptian mummies in Leicester to a Roman fort on Tyneside, this is a gloriously diverse set of projects – but all demonstrate excellence and all will improve the visitor experience.”

Successful grants include:

• The Weald and Downland Museum in Chichester
£224,500 towards a project to reconstruct two significant historic buildings dedicated to the production of food.

• The Bolton Library and Museum Service
£200,000 towards its First Impressions project which will transform the visitor experience in the 1939 Grade II Listed building.

• Leicester Arts and Museum Service
£145,000 to refurbish its Ancient Egyptian collection, one of the most significant in the country, and help increase family and school visitors.

• National Football Museum in Manchester
£102,156 to extend its main galleries and create two new exhibition spaces.

Pictured at the London Transport Museum are Matt Hancock MP (left) and Paul Ramsbottom.