National Lottery Support for the First Cornwall Heritage Awards

Today, Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project; the first ever Cornwall Heritage Awards. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the very first Cornwall Heritage Awards will celebrate the achievements of museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall.

The Awards will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the hard work of museums as well as the staff, volunteers and trustees that support them. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that takes place on 20 March 2018 at Scorrier House in Redruth.

The Lottery funding will support cash investment in museums. The £10,000 awards fund will go directly to museums in the form of physical awards and cash prizes, to help museums further develop their community work. The prize money is a fantastic opportunity for museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall to develop new and exciting community projects and to further strengthen their connections with their local communities.

Commenting on the award, Cornwall Museums Partnership CEO Emmie Kell said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and we are confident that the awards fund will help shine a light on Cornwall’s unique heritage, the thousands of volunteers who care for it and the value it has for us all”.

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “We are really excited to be supporting these Awards, which recognise the fantastic achievements of museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall. Cornwall Museums Partnership does excellent and innovative work supporting the sector, and these awards are an important way to celebrate the brilliant work that has been carried out and the high standards achieved, as well as to share learning and say thank you to all of the people who’ve worked so hard and accomplished so much”.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity that exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. CMP encourages museums to work together, helping create a stronger voice for heritage here in Cornwall.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Photography credits: James Stuart

For more information about the Cornwall Heritage Awards and any news updates, follow CMP on Twitter @cornwallmp or visit the CMP website: www.cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk

Cornwall museums to receive a multi-million pound boost

It has been announced this morning that the Cornwall Museums Partnership has been awarded £2.44 million by Arts Council England and is now included in its National Portfolio.

The government and Lottery funded arts body, Arts Council England, this morning announced which bodies across the country would receive National Portfolio funding for 2018-2022. The Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) was delighted to discover that it will be one of the organisations to receive a share of the £9.4 million funding designated to Cornwall.

The £2.44 million will enable the Cornwall Museums Partnership to deliver a wide-ranging programme of activity across seven museums from Porthcurno to Bodmin which has been designed to bring their internationally significant collections to life for the enjoyment of everyone in Cornwall. This will include new exhibitions, a trainee Curator programme, more opportunities for children and young people and a transformation of the information available online about Cornwall’s heritage.

To deliver this ambitious programme, CMP will be working with Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Penlee House in Penzance, Helston Museum, Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall Regimental Museum in Bodmin and Wheal Martyn in St Austell.

Cornwall Museum’s Partnership’s CEO, Emmie Kell, said: “We are thrilled with the announcement and Arts Council England’s recognition of the importance of our collaborative approach. This is an exciting and significant moment for museums in Cornwall.”

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, Chairman of the CMP Board, said: “Cornwall’s museums are a unique shared resource that generate civic pride and a sense of identity in the communities which they actively serve. They care for diverse collections which connect many generations as the objects they hold have both personal and universal significance. Through their programmes and collection displays, museums wield the power to create a sense of wonder: inform, move and inspire. We are delighted that Arts Council England is supporting our plans to share these collections with many more people for the benefit of communities across Cornwall.”

 

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We are very pleased not only to be renewing our investment in Cornwall Museums Partnership, but also to be increasing our funding for additional activity. The museums’ consortium model is nationally recognised and their skills in widening audiences and engaging people across the county and beyond are exemplary. This additional investment will allow the partnership to bring in new partners in Bodmin and Helston, meaning more people across Cornwall will have access to exciting arts and culture in their communities.”

Other arts organisations in Cornwall who will receive the funding include The Hall for Cornwall Trust, Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre, Creative Kernow Ltd, Leach Pottery and Newlyn Art Gallery.

The consortium comprises Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Wheal Martyn, Helston Museum, Penlee House, Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum and Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

More information about Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding is available here.

Bright Sparks – the next round of joint grant funding for artists and museums is now open!

Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are challenging museums and artists to work together to generate original ideas for bringing more and different people into the museums of Cornwall to enjoy Cornwall’s unique heritage.  For the second year we are offering a joint small grants fund to enable the best ideas to be tested and delivered.

We are looking for genuine innovation and collaboration between artist(s) and museum, and for ideas which would appeal to a broad range of the community.  We are inviting proposals for creative projects which spark interest in what museums have to offer: we want more people interested in their local history and more people doing or experiencing something creative.  We are offering a number of small grants of up to £2,500.  The project must involve some form of tangible activity or event with which the community can get involved.

Applications must be made jointly by artist(s) and museum.  Ideas must be generated collaboratively and plans for delivery shared by both. We imagine that some of the strongest ideas may come from an artist working with their local museum, but are not making this an absolute condition.  You choose whether it is the artist(s) or museum who is the grant recipient on behalf of the project.

The closing date for applications is September 17, 2017. For more information contact hayley@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk Tel: 01209500750 or feast@actcornwall.org.uk Tel: 01209312502

Download an application form from the FEAST website.