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Poole Museum awarded share of Arts Council funding

Poole Museum has been awarded a share of almost £475,000 from Arts Council England.

The £473,703 grant from Art Council England’s (ACE) museum resilience fund will support a two year programme for the Wessex Five Partnership, including Poole Museum, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth, Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, Salisbury Museum and Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

The grant will enable the five museums to work strategically to improve cultural heritage tourism, exhibition and marketing services across Dorset and Wiltshire. Each museum will develop its own fundraising capability. Poole Museum will establish a suitable fundraising body, staff training and will roll out a long-term membership and giving programme.

Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “This project is about further improving the value of Poole’s hugely popular museum service for residents and visitors, and ensuring that it flourishes in the years to come."

Poole's share of the ACE funding is £77,000 to support fundraising and resilience, together with a share of £109,000 of marketing, cultural tourism and project management funding.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England is supporting Poole Museum to become more resilient and to develop its fundraising capabilities and cultural tourism offer. It’s also great news that the Arts Council is significantly investing in this strategic partnership of museums in the Dorset and Wiltshire sub-region.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: "This is a great example of how arts and cultural organisations working together can maximise public investment and increase sustainability, making sure that they can continue to offer a great cultural experience to the people of Wiltshire and Dorset and to the millions of tourists who visit the region each year."

"By making this significant investment of £473,703 through our Museums Resilience Fund we are recognising the excellent work done by the partners and acknowledging their future contribution to achieving our goal of great art and culture for everyone."