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Northampton Museum and Art Gallery receives National Portfolio Organisation status

Published: Monday, 07 November 2022

Child in red dress with bunches standing in front of cases of shoes. She holds a shoe last.

Children's activities at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded £450k from Arts Council England as part of the new National Portfolio fund.

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by the Arts Council England as part of their 2023-26 investment programme.
The museum was awarded a grant of £450,000 spread over the three-year period and will be used to fund the Museum’s ‘Histories of Northamptonshire’ project.
The project will engage with groups and communities across Northamptonshire to develop a series of exhibitions, events, books and digital resources looking at different aspects of Northamptonshire’s history through objects, architecture, landscape and personal experiences.

The three-year project, which will focus on working with diverse communities across West Northamptonshire to enable their creativity and provide opportunities for them to enjoy the widest possible range of arts and culture, will conclude with a major exhibition; A History of Northamptonshire in 100 Objects, which will include augmented reality trails, digital resources and a series of linked exhibitions at venues across Northamptonshire.
'We’re incredibly grateful for the support shown by Arts Council England. This funding will enable us to grow Northampton’s Cultural Quarter and raise the profile of Northamptonshire’s rich history through a unique collection of exhibits.
We hope this three-year project will help to nurture the next generation of cultural and artistic talent and increase opportunities for people from all walks of life. It will also provide an opportunity for people to visit Northampton and enjoy the high-quality art and heritage our county has to offer.
Cllr Adam Brown, West Northamptonshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Culture and Leisure.'
To be eligible for the funds, WNC had to demonstrate it could contribute strongly to the Arts Council England Let’s Create strategy. The 10-year vision aims to allow everyone to experience high-quality cultural experiences in England.

'Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum share stories of the region’s rich shoemaking legacy, bringing history to life and inspiring the local community.
We're pleased to be welcoming them to the portfolio over the next three years and hope that these museums and their collections will fascinate, educate and inspire those who visit.'
Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England
Thanks to this new government funding package, spreading more money to more communities than ever before, people living in areas from Wolverhampton to Wigan and Crawley to Chesterfield will now get to benefit from the deep economic and social rewards culture can bring.

'We continue to support our icons such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company, but today's announcement will see organisations in places all too often overlooked get the support they need to transform access to the arts for everyone - no matter where they live.'
Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan