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PHM receives major Arts Council England grant

PHM receives major Arts Council England grant

4 August 2016

The People’s History Museum is delighted to have been awarded a Museum Resilience Fund grant of £273,600 from Arts Council EnglandArts Council England.

Our project, Builders and Dreamers: the future of ideas worth fighting for, will transform our museum over the coming 18 months.

At such a time of political and social change the People’s History Museum has a unique role to play as a leading national museum.  Our ambition is to be a cultural centre for Manchester, the North West and the UK; a space where people debate and discuss the key ideas and issues facing society today.

To achieve this we have identified a package of investment to secure the museum’s long term resilience which will be supported by this grant:

  • Increased skills and capacity for fundraising
  • Improved profile and position
  • Enhanced digital infrastructure and expertise
  • Improved organisational infrastructure

Katy Ashton, Director said:
‘The funding will enable us to strengthen the museum and add capacity in key areas which will make a real difference to the museum’s future.  By supporting the museum with this funding, the Arts Council is helping us to achieve our big ambitions as the national museum of democracy and home of ideas worth fighting for.

There are some extremely important anniversaries on the horizon for our museum to champion and lead, with a programme of activity on LGBT+ rights planned for 2017 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the centenary of women first getting the right to vote in 2018 and the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019.  These are all huge opportunities for the museum and for our partners and audiences and we’re very excited to now have the additional support that comes with this grant.’

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said:
‘The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015 – 2018 is on building a more resilient sector.  The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country.’

The Museum Resilience Fund is investing £30 million during 2015 – 2018 to focus on any gaps or development opportunities for excellent museums of all sizes.