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UCL Art Museum awarded grant from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

31 January 2014

UCL Art Museum is one of 40 museums across England who will benefit from grants designed to fund improvements that increase access and enhance the display of exhibits, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today. 

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The grants, worth over £4.6 million in total, are jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation .

UCL Art Museum is home to more than 10,000 prints, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and media works dating from the 1490s to the present day.

Dr Nina Pearlman, Manager of the museum, said: “We are delighted to be the recipients of a £40,000 grant under this scheme. It will allow us to improve the services we offer to our diverse audiences. At UCL Art Museum, we have been experimenting with the transformation of the traditional print room to a multi-use museum environment for some years. The award will enable us to balance the competing demands of access and conservation while providing a unique visitor experience and educational environment.

“The award will help us develop innovative display strategies allowing for greater access to our collection of prize-winning paintings and media works from the Slade School of Fine Art, as well as our unique collection of plaster models by acclaimed neo-classical artist John Flaxman.”

The award will enable us to balance the competing demands of access and conservation while providing a unique visitor experience and educational environment.

Dr Nina Pearlman (UCL Art Museum)

The improvement works are due to be completed by March 2015.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said:“The range of projects being funded is testament to the great variety of wonderful collections and attractions at our museums and galleries across the country. These grants will help improve visitor experiences, benefiting local communities and helping to encourage growth, whilst also inspiring audiences with new knowledge, and I’m delighted that with the ongoing generosity of the Wolfson Foundation we have been able to help fund so many projects.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said:“We are pleased to be working with government to fund outstanding projects at museums and galleries across England. The DCMS/Wolfson Fund is an excellent example of how a funding charity and government department can work productively together. The projects supported this round are impressive, and will help inspire visitors to the country’s wonderful museums and galleries.” 

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