Cumbrian museums win major funding for arts project

First published in Bowness news The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Arts correspondent

Three major players in the region’s arts world have landed a multi-million pound Arts Council grant.

The Cumbria Museums Consortium – Grasmere’s Wordsworth Trust, Lakeland Arts Trust and Carlisle’s Tullie House – could receive a £3 million-plus boost over three years for a key project focusing on children and young people, aimed at bringing employment and tourism benefits across Cumbria.

The consortium’s application to the Arts Council was successful but the final figure is yet to be agreed.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Lakeland Arts Trust, said: “We plan to use the grant funding to do more activities which involve local people in Abbot Hall and at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal and Blackwell at Bowness.

“We want young people, families and older people who live locally to enjoy visiting the museums and galleries that we run.”

Wordsworth Trust director Michael McGregor said: “This award is a huge vote of confidence in Cumbria’s museums. The funding will allow us to build on a strong partnership, helping us to reach out and benefit more people, in Cumbria and beyond.”

The consortium is one of 16 major Arts Council England partner museums which will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding from April 2012 to March 2015 as part of a Renaissance programme for regional museums.

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5:16pm Wed 25 Jan 12

FrontalLobe says...

Great news! Sadly not everyone in the country has been as lucky (Sheffield for example have lost out). The Lakeland Arts Trust do a great job for such a relatively small organisation. To think Abbot Hall was only saved from the developers by some determined locals fifty years ago. Blackwell nearly became a gym! It would be nice if the Gaz gave them all a big feature in the main part of the newspaper one week. In a depressing world uplifting treasures such as the L.A.T. provide should be cherished. Ashamed to say I have not visited the Wordsworth Trust yet but admire their work. As for for Tullie House I would never visit Carlisle without looking in. Usually end up spending hours there. Got to be one of the best museums in the country. A nice boost for them after the disappointment of the Roman helmet. Nice to hear good news for once and thanks to all the folks that provide so much to local life.
Great news! Sadly not everyone in the country has been as lucky (Sheffield for example have lost out). The Lakeland Arts Trust do a great job for such a relatively small organisation. To think Abbot Hall was only saved from the developers by some determined locals fifty years ago. Blackwell nearly became a gym! It would be nice if the Gaz gave them all a big feature in the main part of the newspaper one week. In a depressing world uplifting treasures such as the L.A.T. provide should be cherished. Ashamed to say I have not visited the Wordsworth Trust yet but admire their work. As for for Tullie House I would never visit Carlisle without looking in. Usually end up spending hours there. Got to be one of the best museums in the country. A nice boost for them after the disappointment of the Roman helmet. Nice to hear good news for once and thanks to all the folks that provide so much to local life. FrontalLobe
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