For Cornwall becomes five

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Having completed a programme of Arts Council England-funded work worth over £110k over the last seven months, a partnership of four museums has now grown to incorporate a fifth.

Armed with further financial support of over £250k from Arts Council England, the For Cornwall partnership is embarking on a further one-year programme covering 16 projects.

And the venture, comprising Falmouth Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, has now been joined by the Royal Cornwall Museum.

The money will be spent on 16 partnership projects over the coming year, all designed to help the museums to be more sustainable and to extend the scope of their activities.

The projects include a cultural tourism marketing campaign, education projects, fundraising and income-earning projects, energy conservation and collections work.

Alison Bevan, director of Penlee House Gallery and Museum, who leads the partnership, said: “It has been a busy year for museums in Cornwall. With support from Cornwall Council, we worked up a Museums Strategy for the county which was launched last autumn.

“This coincided with the announcement of our first For Cornwall bid which allowed us to implement some of the things in that strategy. Now that partnership has grown by the addition of the Royal Cornwall Museum and we have been supported with even more money.

“The benefits of partnership working are obvious and we are trying to spread those benefits to other museums within the county. We have learned a lot from working together.”