Arts Minister launches £4 million DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

Arts Minister launches £4 million DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

December 2017

Museums and galleries across England will be able to apply for a share of £4 million to improve exhibition spaces and increase accessibility, Arts Minister John Glen announced today at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL.

Grants of up to £300,000 from the DCMS/ Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund will be available for eligible museums to apply for from spring 2018.

The scheme - jointly funded by DCMS and the Wolfson Foundation - is designed to improve the quality of displays, enhance exhibition spaces and increase access.

Since the partnership began in 2001, ten rounds of grants have helped fund 343 renovation and improvement projects at 107 museum groups and galleries. The 11th round is currently underway and is supporting an additional 39 museums.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said:

"This programme demonstrates how philanthropy and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to DCMS for matching our funding. The range and quality of collections in our museums and galleries is one of the great cultural assets of this country. The aim of the Fund is to create even better visitor experiences for those viewing these wonderful collections. These are projects that are often difficult to fund from other sources, and we are delighted to be continuing our investment.”

John Glen, Arts Minister said:

“This Fund is a wonderful example of how government and philanthropic organisations can work together to benefit our diverse museum sector. These grants are an important boost to the sector, improving the visitor experience and making our world-leading collections open to as many people as possible.”


Applications will be open in spring 2018, with an announcement of successful grants expected next December.