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HEFCE invests in museums, galleries and collections

The Higher Education Funding Council for England to invest £10 million per year for university museums, galleries and collections

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | January 18, 2017 | Finance, legal, HR

HEFCE will fund 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections which provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship.

This funding was agreed following an independent review drawing on experts from the museum and higher education sectors. The review was chaired by Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of the Imperial War Museums.

The review panel considered 50 submissions from 33 higher education institutions. The process was highly competitive, and the panel noted the outstanding quality and compelling evidence provided in the submissions. 

Diane Lees said: “As a panel, we found a truly inspiring array of case studies which demonstrated the range of research that university museums, galleries and collections carry out. The total funding requested exceeded the total funding available, and the quality of the submissions did not make this an easy process. As a panel we delivered recommendations to the HEFCE Board based on the evidence provided in the submissions. We are very pleased that HEFCE has continued to provide this invaluable support to the university museums, galleries and collections sector.”

The total funding requested exceeded the total funding available, and the quality of the submissions did not make this an easy process

The funding announced recognises the substantial extra cost incurred by universities supporting museums and galleries which provide significant services to the higher education community. 

David Sweeney, Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, said: “We recognise the unique and significant contributions university museums, galleries and collections make to research, scholarship and research impact in the UK and internationally. Our funding recognises that their important work entails extra costs. We value the support they offer the research community and are delighted to fund 33 of these important collections.”

The museums, galleries and collections funded are:

Arts University Bournemouth, Museum of Design in Plastics

Durham University, Oriental Museum

London School of Economics, The Women's Library

Royal Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Music Museum

The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Libraries of the Courtauld Institute of Art

University College London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

University College London, UCL Art Museum

University College London, Grant Museum

University of Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Lapworth Museum of Geology

University of Brighton, University of Brighton Design Archives

University of Bristol, Theatre Collection

University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Botanic Garden

University of Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum

University of Cambridge, Kettle's Yard

University of Cambridge, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

University of Cambridge, Museum of Zoology

University of Cambridge, The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

University of Cambridge, Whipple Museum of the History of Science

University of East Anglia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of Leeds, Leeds University Art Collection at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

University of Manchester, Manchester Museum

University of Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery

University of Newcastle, Great North Museum: Hancock and the Hatton Gallery

University of Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum

University of Oxford, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

University of Oxford, Museum of the History of Science

University of Reading, Museum of English Rural Life

University of the Arts London, University Archives and Special Collections Centre

University of the Creative Arts, Crafts Study Centre

University of York, Borthwick Institute for Archives

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