Funding boost announced for Torbay's museums
ARTS Council England has announced a £141,000 financial boost for museums across Torbay.
The funding is part of Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund which aims to help develop museums and realise their potential.
Work will now start on the delivery of a strategy for Torquay Museum, Torre Abbey and Brixham Heritage Museum to ensure that the money is used to secure the long term future of museum provision in the Bay.
Key elements of the project include:
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* developing the number of people visiting the museums with a three year programme of exhibitions and events
* investing in energy saving lighting and heating systems at Brixham Museum
* carrying out a consultation with local schools to find out what younger residents would like to see in terms of science education
* developing an outreach programme, particularly for children, young people and tourists. The outreach programme will build on the Bay’s Geopark status
* delivering marketing campaigns.
Executive Lead for Culture and the Arts and Regional Board Member for Arts Council England South West Cllr Dave Butt, said: “This is fantastic news and will provide a huge boost to our valued museums across the Bay.
"We recognise the important role that our museums play within the local community, however, it can sometimes be extremely difficult to find the additional funds they require from the already stretched council budget.
“We are fast gaining a reputation as the cultural destination within the South-west and Arts Council England has been extremely supportive of our work over the last few years. Today’s announcement means that the museums can now plan even more exciting displays and events over the next few years both for our local residents and visitors to the Bay.”
Director of Torquay Museum Phil Collins, said: "The funding from ACE will make a real difference to the museums of Torbay. We will be able to develop an exiting programme of exhibitions and events and a range of geological education resources worthy of museums located in an internationally important English Riviera Geopark.
"The funding will dramatically improve our backroom systems and help the museums of Torbay to be more sustainable."