Museum’s cash boost from the Arts Council

Councillor Dawn Poole with Hastings Museum and Art Gallery curator Cathy Walling
Councillor Dawn Poole with Hastings Museum and Art Gallery curator Cathy Walling

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded a grant of more than £30,000.

The attraction, in John’s Place, off Bohemia Road, is one of 24 museums in the south east to get the cash boost from the Arts Council’s Museums Resilience Fund.

Across the country the organisation said it was investing more than £17.5 million into museums.

Councillor Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is really excellent news for the museum. With the support of the £33,000 grant funding from the Arts Council, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will undertake a thorough review of how it works, including governance, income generation, audience engagement, workforce development and its exhibition and activity programme.

“The review will support the museum to plan ahead and this grant money will help to ensure resilience and continued success in these very difficult financial times so that visitors can continue to enjoy the many varied collections and exhibits at the museum.”

The Museum Resilience Fund aims to support a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

John Orna-Ornstein, director of museums from the Arts Council, said: “The £17.5 million we are awarding in this round will support the brilliant work museums are doing to become more sustainable organisations. We received more applications than ever before. Some of the successful applicants are offering services right across the sector, benefitting hundreds of museums. Others are small individual museums with ambitious plans for change in their own organisation.”