Barnsley Museums endorsed as key organisation in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio

3rd July 2017

Barnsley Museums has received £1.8 worth of funding from Arts Council England and has secured its place as a National Portfolio Organisation for 2018 – 22.

The funding is recognition of the excellent work that Barnsley Museums does and this status puts it on a national footing .The funding will enable Barnsley Museums to deliver more cultural activities as well as working more closely with local communities; inspiring people to engage with the museums and their collections.

The funding kindly provided by the Arts Council aims to ensure that great art and culture is available to all. The focus of the work will be on the social impact of Barnsley Museums in their local community and how museums can change lives.

As part of the project Barnsley Museums will be able to provide exciting and inclusive activities, programmes and exhibitions, share more of their outstanding collections, work more closely with local communities as well as using buildings, landscapes and spaces to tell the stories of Barnsley’s fascinating history.

Cllr Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are delighted to have received such as significant amount of funding from Arts Council England and to become a National Portfolio Organisation for the first time. Although Barnsley Museums already offer a wide range of high quality exhibitions and events, the additional funding will create more opportunities for local people to participate in a whole range of activities from 2018.”