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Arts Council England outlines new approach to Renaissance museums funding programme

Arts Council England has announced further details of how they will deliver the Renaissance in the Regions funding programme for museums, after taking over this function from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) on 1 October 2011.  

 £300m has been invested since Renaissance in the Regions started in 2002, which has helped transform the regional museum sector across the country and boost visitor figures. The programme was reviewed in 2009 and MLA had well developed plans for its next generation, to be implemented from 1 April 2012. Arts Council England’s brief was to carry these plans forward in the most appropriate way, allowing for the 15 per cent reduction in the Renaissance budget between 2012 and 2015. 

 The new programme aims to build on the success of Renaissance by encouraging excellence, leadership and change in regional museums and enhancing the important cultural, social and economic contribution that they make to our communities.

 Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: ‘We’re excited about our new responsibilities and determined to create the conditions for our museums to thrive.  Our new approach to Renaissance will strike a balance between continuity and change, building on the considerable achievements of the past. We’ve looked carefully at each area of the programme to try and achieve the greatest possible alignment with the Arts Council’s work, making sure Renaissance helps museums across the country to fulfil their aims and ambitions. We recognise there is still work to do in taking on these functions and we’ll continue to talk to the museums and libraries sector as we look to adjust the Arts Council’s goals to reflect their needs and priorities.’

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