Arts Council England joins forces with Heritage Lottery Foundation to support museums

A new memorandum of understanding has been signed by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Foundation to support recommendations from the Mendoza Review - which states that the challenges faced by museums require a more joined-up approach between DCMS, Arts Council England and HLF.

The two organisations have said that they will

  • Develop a better understanding of the support each organisation offers to generate a shared strategic approach for museums
  • Seek to make it easier for museums to work with our two organisations, providing greater clarity on who to approach for different needs, and, wherever possible, aligning our funding processes and programmes to ensure maximum impact
  • Share national and local intelligence and data to enable better informed decision-making, particularly in relation to achieving efficient use of National Lottery funding, by taking into account shared and individual priorities and developing a mutual approach to priority places

The Mendoza review was originally commissioned in 2016 to cover increasing and diversifying participation; developing local communities; supporting soft power; and creating a resilient museums sector.

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