DCMS/Wolfson Foundation awards

DCMS/Wolfson Foundation awards

January 2012

Grants totalling £4 million to help improve 36 museums and galleries across the country were announced in January. The grants, jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation, include:

  • £17,400 for Compton Verney gallery to redisplay the work of Enid Marx, one of the most important designers of the 20th Century and creator of the striking geometric designs of 1937 for the upholstery of London Underground;
  • £140,000 for an extensive renovation and a complete redisplay of the Manchester Museums historic Birds & Insects gallery;
  • £100,000 for a new gallery at the London Transport Museum that will showcase some of the 5000 printed posters and nearly 1000 original artworks which form a uniquely comprehensive record of a century of British graphic design;
  • £150,000 towards a new permanent display of some of the most important collections of Baroque art, furniture, state beds and wall paintings in the country at Hampton Court Palace; and
  • £50,000 towards the reconstruction of a labourer's cottage at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. The cottage was originally built between 1675 and 1725 and has been in storage since it was dismantled to make way for a reservoir in 1974.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation:

"We are delighted to be working in such a productive and exciting partnership with government. The quality of projects funded demonstrates once again the sheer range and richness of the country's heritage collections. Each project will help to improve the experience of visitors."

Ed Vaizey MP, Culture Minister:

"Today's announcement shines a light on the breadth and diversity of museums and galleries in England. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many rich and fascinating collections, many of which have been improved, enhanced and made more accessible by the continuing generosity of the Wolfson Foundation."

"The Wolfson Foundation has an ongoing dedication to improving museums and galleries both large and small, across the whole country and the Government is delighted to be able to match that funding."

An interactive map detailing all 36 projects is available on the DCMS Flickr web page.

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