The Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has announced that it is set to close.

The Krowji-based charity had been undertaking an extensive strategic business and funding review ever since Arts Council England withdrew its conditional offer of National Portfolio Organisation funding at the beginning of the year.

In a statement, CMP said the review “…has clearly shown that a secure way for CMP to move to a new operating model does not exist within the current challenging funding climate. The CMP Board has therefore made the difficult decision to commence a phased closure process.”

CMP said it is “exploring ways to ensure the continuation and integrity of its exceptional work” and will provide an update as details are confirmed.

It added: “For now, everyone at CMP would like to take this collective opportunity to thank all the museum team members, funders, partners, collaborators, consultants, colleagues, board members, councillors and friends who have been part of CMP’s story to this point. They would also like to thank the current team and the Board for their navigation, leadership, and empathy throughout this unexpected and challenging Transition process.”

As part of the phased closure process, the Cornwall Heritage Awards on February 7 will go ahead.