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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES£70M CASH BOOST FOR MUSEUMS (ENGLAND)

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Regional museums to get government funding for first time to take...
Regional museums to get government funding for first time to take

forward reform programme

Regional museums are to receive their largest-ever allocation of cash

from central government. And the national museums and galleries in

England will get above-inflation increases, culture secretary Tessa

Jowell announced yesterday.

This means that the highly-successful policy of free admission to the

national collections can continue. Visitor numbers to the national

museums have leapt by 62 per cent since government investment allowed

them to scrap admission charges.

There is also extra funding - averaging 7.5 per cent in real terms -

for the smaller nationally-funded museums including the Wallace

Collection, the Tyne and Wear Museum Service and the Museum of

Science and Industry in Manchester.

Additional funding will also go to the British Museum to underpin

their reform plans and ensure that galleries now closed to the public

can re-open.

Key points of the settlement are:

- Average real-terms increases for DCMS spending on the museums

sector of 1.7 per cent in 2004-05 and 2.8 per cent in 2005-06,

building on the 17 per cent real-terms increase provided to the

museums sector since 1997, and guaranteeing that free admission to

the nationals will continue,

- An extra£30m for Resource: The Council for Museums,

Archives and Libraries which, when added to the£10m a year

up to 2005-06 already announced makes£70m, to take forward

their new programme for regional museums,

- The British Museum will receive funding in 2004-05 to underpin its

reform programme, as well as£400,000 next year to re-open the

Korean Galleries and others currently closed.

Tessa Jowell said:

'Creating free access to our national museums and galleries has been

an outstanding success. Their world-class collections are now free

for all to enjoy, regardless of their income or social background. It

has been a top priority to keep this most successful initiative

going, and I am delighted to be able to do so.

'I have also provided funding to support the British Museum and its

programme of reforms, and ensuring that it too remains free for all

to enjoy. Subject to the successful completion of these reforms,

there will be a further real terms increase for the museum in

2005-06'

Commenting on the new funding for regional museums, the secretary of

state added:

'We are allocating an extra£30m to Resource which, when added to the

sums earmarked in their baseline, makes£70m altogether, to take

forward their exciting new programme for regional museums. This will

identify a number of 'hub' museums, modernise and build the capacity

of these institutions, and help them contribute fully to our

strategic priorities of learning and building communities.

'This sum will be supplemented by funds for the national museums to

develop regional partnerships, and by a contribution from DfES to the

educational elements of the programme. Regional museums in the

Creative Partnerships areas will also be able to benefit from the

expansion of the programme, announced in August.

'This is a big increase in central government support to these

museums, which rely on local government and universities for their

main funding, and it will enable them to make a good start on the

programme.'

Notes

A table of allocations follows.

£ millions 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

British Museum

Resource 36.047 36.369 37.424 37.840

Capital 0.822 1.300 - -

Total 36.869 37.669 37.424 37.840

Imperial War Museum

Resource 15.990 16.241 16.891 17.086

Capital 0.360 0.300 0.600 0.725

Total 16.350 16.541 17.491 17.811

National Gallery

Resource 18.313 19.449 20.227 20.460

Capital 2.136 1.000 1.000 1.000

Total 20.449 20.449 21.227 21.460

National Maritime Museum

Resource 13.141 13.395 13.931 14.092

Capital 0.540 0.550 1.600 0.700

Total 13.681 13.945 15.531 14.792

National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside

Resource 15.519 16.282 16.933 17.129

Capital 1.050 1.050 0.400 0.550

Total 16.569 17.332 17.333 17.679

National Portrait Gallery

Resource 4.925 5.462 6.008 6.063

Capital 0.807 0.250 0.100 0.100

Total 5.732 5.712 6.108 6.163

Natural History Museum

Resource 35.585 36.103 37.547 37.980

Capital 2.500 3.500 2.100 2.100

Total 38.085 39.603 39.647 40.080

National Museum of Science & Industry

Resource 29.935 31.300 31.019 31.382

Capital 2.100 3.450 1.600 1.500

Total 32.035 34.750 32.619 32.882

Tate Gallery

Resource 27.179 29.482 28.581 28.911

Capital 0.600 0.800 1.300 1.500

Total 27.779 30.282 29.881 30.411

Victoria & Albert Museum

Resource 33.471 33.839 35.193 35.599

Capital 1.150 1.000 1.250 1.500

Total 34.621 34.839 36.443 37.099

Wallace Collection

Resource 2.163 2.613 2.324 2.345

Capital 0.400 0.400 0.150 0.150

Total 2.563 3.013 2.474 2.495

Royal Armouries

Resource 5.657 6.286 6.537 6.613

Capital 0.500 - 0.350 0.500

Total 6.157 6.286 6.887 7.113

Geffrye Museum

Resource 1.174 1.199 1.319 1.331

Capital 0.100 - 0.400 0.100

Total 1.274 1.199 1.719 1.431

Horniman Museum

Resource 3.166 3.281 3.509 3.532

Capital 0.080 - 0.150 0.150

Total 3.246 3.281 3.659 3.682

Museum of London

Resource 5.593 6.274 6.506 6.576

Capital 0.700 0.300 - -

Total 6.293 6.574 6.506 6.576

Museum of Science & Industry Manchester

Resource 3.116 3.099 3.409 3.440

Capital 0.250 0.100 0.100 0.300

Total 3.366 3.199 3.509 3.740

Sir John Soane's Museum

Resource 0.699 0.699 0.769 0.776

Capital 0.175 0.375 - -

Total 0.874 1.074 0.769 0.776

Tyne & Wear Museums Service

Resource 1.000 1.000 1.100 1.110

Capital - - - 0.500

Total 1.000 1.000 1.100 1.610

National Coal Mining Museum of England

Resource 2.072 2.368 2.405 2.426

Capital - - - -

Total 2.072 2.368 2.405 2.426

Design Museum

Resource 0.200 0.200 0.280 0.340

Capital 0.050 - 0.300 -

Total 0.250 0.200 0.580 0.340

British Library

Resource 83.625 82.021 83.021 83.021

Capital 1.572 4.072 7.072 12.072

Total 85.197 86.093 90.093 95.093

Public Lending Right

Resource 7.001 7.201 7.381 7.400

Capital - - - -

Total 7.001 7.201 7.381 7.400

Re:source

Resource 13.455 13.253 13.253 13.253

Capital 0.035 0.035 0.035 0.035

Total 13.490 13.288 13.288 13.288

Regions (Renaissance)

Resource 10.000 10.000 20.000 30.000

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