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Horniman to benefit from grants announced by DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is to receive a grant of £75,000 toward the redisplay of our Anthropology collections. The award is part of a series of grants totalling £4 million which will improve displays and facilities at museums and galleries across England, Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, announced yesterday.

This grant will help the Horniman to create the new World Gallery, where thousands of objects will tell stories from around the world and celebrate the wonder and complexity of what it means to be human, and the Studio, home to a cutting-edge programme of performances and exhibitions inspired by the Horniman’s internationally important collections. Both are due to open in 2018.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, says:

Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions.

We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.

I applaud the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity in once again matching the Government’s investment pound for pound in this important work.

Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, says:

This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country’s museum collections. From Egyptian mummies in Leicester to a Roman fort on Tyneside, this is a gloriously diverse set of projects - but all demonstrate excellence and all will improve the visitor experience.

In announcing these awards I also want to pay tribute to Giles Waterfield. He was a brilliant advisor to the programme from its inception and sparkled at an expert panel meeting in the very week in which he tragically and unexpectedly died. We all owe him a great deal.

Read more about the DCMS announcement or learn about the World Gallery and Studio redisplay project.