Arts Council England taking on responsibility for museums

From 1 October, Arts Council England (ACE) will assume responsibility for museums and libraries following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In advance of this, ACE has published ‘Culture, Knowledge and Understanding’ its policy document for museums and libraries. The document sets out goals and ambitions for the sector including a commitment to “champion the importance of creative experiences to people’s wellbeing”. It also acknowledges that given current public sector reforms, “the role museums and libraries play in relation to a broader range of public outcomes (health, education, return to work) is likely to take on a new importance.”