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Museum of London to receive over £650,000 from Arts Council England
Arts Council England is to give the Museum of London a funding award of £650,190 as part of the museum development fund. Eight other regional museums and partnerships will also benefit.
David Spence, Interim Director of the Museum of London, said:
‘I am delighted that the Museum of London has been selected to be a museum development provider by Arts Council England. On behalf of everyone at the Museum I would like to express our gratitude to Arts Council England. The Museum of London and Arts Council England enjoy a close relationship and this funding agreement will only enhance our partnership. This news is a terrific endorsement of the standing of the Museum and of its leadership role in the cultural life of London.’
The grant of over £650,000 will help support museums individually and collectively across London and in providing a voice for the sector.
The successful funding bid comes in the same week that the Museum of London announced the appointment of Sharon Ament as the organisation’s next Director. Sharon is currently Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum and is due to join the Museum of London in September.
In June the Museum of London will launch Our Londinium 2012, a series of updates to the popular Roman galleries co-curated by young Londoners, also funded by Arts Council England as part of the Stories of the World Cultural Olympiad project. For more on Stories of the World see Jenny Kingsley's article in Cassone August 2011.
The exhibition Dickens and London, reviewed in February's Cassone, is on until 10 June.
The Museum attracts around 400,000 visitors a year, who can benefit from Europe's largest archaeological archive and displays drawn from over two million artefacts. The Museum's £20-million Modern London galleries opened in 2010. London is both a very ancient city and a 21st-century capital and international transport and financial hub. The Museum tells the whole story. Entrance is free although there may be charges for entry to exhibitions.
Museum of London
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