Cornish museums celebrate funding success.

Two Cornish museums are celebrating success in the latest round of grant funding from Arts Council England.

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin and Helston Museum have come together in a partnership bid to secure the future of both sites. The grant of £68,560 from the Museum Resilience Fund will enable both museums to investigate ways they can become more financially secure and environmentally friendly by making improvements to the buildings and establishing fundraising strategies.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘At a challenging time for funding in the sector, it is vital that museums look at ways of improving their resilience and making the most of every opportunity. By investing £68,560 through our Museums Resilience Fund we are helping Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and Helston Museum develop a more sustainable business model and improve the experience for visitors. Museums need the support of public investment as well as income from visitors to make the most of the truly fantastic treasures held in trust for local communities.’

The Museum Resilience Fund will aid 94 museums and organisations nationwide, but Bodmin and Helston’s grant is the only one to be awarded in Cornwall.

Director of Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Mary Godwin said: “This funding will give us the capacity to take forward 4 key strands of activity, including setting up Friends and Legacies Schemes for the museum and exploring the future accessibility of our Grade II listed building. The project will help us to build a bright future for our museum.’

Katherine Ashton, Curator at Helston Museum added, “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to take the museum to the next level – and working in partnership with Bodmin will enable us to share skills and knowledge between two quite different museums.’
The project, ‘Strong Foundations for Change’ will begin later in the year.

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