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North Yorkshire Museums Get Arts Council Funding


8:26am 28th March 2013

Two North Yorkshire museums are celebrating after being awarded money from the Arts Council.

Ryedale Folk Museum has been given £123,085 for it's Harrison Outreach & Touring Programme.

The Harrison Collection – a major collection of English everyday life spanning five centuries and covering everything from cooking pots to brain surgery tools - was acquired by the Ryedale Folk Museum in 2011. An outreach and touring programme will deliver three new strands of engagement: the conversion of a two-wheeler caravan to go into rural secondary schools where museum staff would work with school groups to curate displays in the caravan; the establishment of a permanent display presence in Kirkbymoorside curated by different community groups including Scouts and Local History Groups and touring an outreach case based on the best of the community co-curated work.

The Laurence Sterne Trust got £75,000 for it's project Reading the Past, Writing the Future.

The Laurence Sterne Trust is aiming to bring the writer to life in real time in collaboration with schools and local churches. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Sterne’s birth, the project includes a unique performance in the Quire of York Minster (where Sterne himself preached) based on Sterne’s final sermon and involving four school choirs. Primary school children, sixth formers and adult learners will explore the heritage of churches and a new series of workshops and artist residencies will inspire an informal adult education audience, building on Shandy Hall’s reputation as a creative centre.

The Renaissance Strategic support fund supports activity that will contribute to the Arts Council’s goals as set out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone, particularly in ensuring that museums become more sustainable, resilient and innovative, and able to attract wider audiences.

The awards are for projects commencing in April 2013, and for activity up to 31 March 2014. The Arts Council has also supported 30 awards for activity across the two years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said, ‘Yorkshire is home to a really diverse range of fantastic museums and I’m delighted that we are investing in twelve of them with Renaissance strategic support funds. It will help the museums find new ways for people enjoy the assets on their doorstep and make the most of their amazing collections. We will also see museums on a stronger and more sustainable footing, so future generations will benefit too.’

An open application process for the third and final round of the Strategic support fund will open in autumn 2013, for activity commencing in April 2014. In this round, the Arts Council will be looking for ambitious projects that build on innovation, resilience and sustainability. Up to £8.6 million will be available.

The Strategic support fund is part of Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme for regional museums in England. The Renaissance programme includes: the 16 successful Major partner museums; nine museum development providers; and a suite of National programmes including Accreditation, Designation, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the PRISM fund, support for national campaigns such as Kids in Museums and Museums at Night, and Subject specialist networks. The Strategic support fund is the final part of the Renaissance programme.

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