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05 October 2012

Black Country Living Museum has been successful in securing two awards from Arts Council England funding programmes to progress significant areas of work at the West Midlands attraction.

The Renaissance Strategic Support Fund supports specific development projects within regional museums and £120,000 has been awarded to the Museum to help increase its potential for commercial activity. The funds will be used to develop and update the Museum’s Rolfe Street complex which forms the main visitor reception area.

With the Museum having received Designation status earlier in the year for the quality and significance of its collections, a successful bid was also made to the Designation Development Fund for £90,000. The grant will fund a new and much-needed collections management system, enhancing the management of the 67,000 objects in the Museum’s collection and ultimately making them more accessible to visitors.

Carolyn Sankey, Director of Development at the Museum said: “We’re thrilled that, just a year after Arts Council England took over responsibility for museums, we’ve been able to benefit from its support of the sector. These awards are a great endorsement of our work as an educational charity, supporting the Museum’s future sustainability and enabling us to further engage our visitors through our wonderful collections.”

Ros Robins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “We are excited to be working with Black Country Living Museum in this way. The museum will continue to engage audiences and inspire visitors through fantastic collections and we look forward to supporting them in their future sustainability”.

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