The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum is among twenty four of the South East’s museums to benefit from investment by the Arts Council’s museum resilience fund.
The Museum is to receive £130,000 in funding from the Arts Council, which will support it in creating a step change in how it does business.
It will ensure the future financial sustainability of the Museum and its ability to attract new income streams, which will allow the Museum to deliver its charitable mission into the future.
Two strands of work will focus on commercial resilience and organisational and workforce development.
Museum Director, Richard Pailthorpe, said:
“We are pleased to have secured investment from Arts Council England, which will enable the Museum to commence several key initiatives. These include a new IT system for admissions and retail sales, a Customer Relationship Management system for fundraising, adding ecommerce functionality to our website and an upgrade of the Museum’s IT network capability.”
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:
“We are pleased to be able to support the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum through the Museum resilience fund. The museum is a wonderful resource, an important visitor attraction for Sussex with internationally important collections including its unique collection of buildings. This investment will help the museum to develop a more sustainable and resilient future.”
Museums have a major impact on local and national economies. Recent research by Arts Council England found that the museum sector contributes £1.45 billion to the national economy.
With continued support from Local Authorities, DCMS and other public and private funders, museums can play an ever more important role in our economy and communities.
About the resilience fund
The Museum resilience fund aims to support the museums sector by enabling them to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.
The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in major partner museums, the museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector, recognising that excellence and the potential for excellence can be found in museums of all sizes.
This announcement will see a total investment of £17.5million in 108 museums across England.