Museum maps out future plans with funding from Arts Council England
Black Country Living Museum is celebrating a bright future with £263,300 funding secured from the Arts Council of England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund.
The third round of the Renaissance Strategic Fund supports specific developmental projects within regional museums, with successful applicants demonstrating sustainability, resilience and innovation to attract wider audiences.
The grant will allow the Museum to develop heritage skills apprenticeships for Further Education college students to ensure that essential knowledge and expertise in specialist traditional crafts and heritage skills is preserved and passed on to future generations.
It will also be utilised to create volunteering opportunities for young people aged 16-25 in the Black Country and diversify the Museum’s interpretative range, with the commissioning of bespoke film productions and other new digital projects to enliven the historic properties and complement our existing dynamic living interpretation.
Andrew Lovett, Director and Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid; in addition to our plans to develop a volunteer force, the financial backing allows us to establish a 10 year plan for the Museum through which we will aim to become the largest and most significant open-air museum site in the UK.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “I’m really pleased that Arts Council England can invest in the development of the Black Country Living Museum. Our investment will enable the museum to create a range of new opportunities for young people living in the Black Country, as well as support the growth of its cultural offer to attract and inspire visitors.”
In the first two rounds of the fund, the Arts Council awarded over £36 million towards 181 different projects. The Museum has previously been awarded Renaissance Strategic Support funding in 2012/13 for refurbishment to the Rolfe Street complex and in 2013/14 for the Resilient Leadership programme, a unique course offering mentoring support to emerging leaders in the museum sector.