NMDC response to Arts Council's NPO 2023-26 funding announcements 8 Nov 2022

In response to the announcements of Arts Council's NPO funding for 2023-26, NMDC Chair Maria Balshaw said:

“On behalf of all our members we are delighted that all of NMDC’s NPO museum members were successful in securing incredibly well-deserved funding for the next three years, and offer our warmest congratulations to them all. 

Museums are a key part of our national cultural infrastructure and it’s fantastic to see Arts Council recognition of this with an additional £6.4m of funding per year for the sector. The 26 new museums joining the NPO portfolio also mean that Arts Council’s investment in museums will reach more people in more places than ever before.

In a challenging operating environment and at a time when museums are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, NPO funding is more vital than ever. We recognise the difficult decisions that the Arts Council has had to make and are grateful for the ongoing commitment to funding our amazing museums that will enable them to continue delivering positive benefits for communities across the country. We note with concern the significant reduction in funding to University of Cambridge museums and hope that further support for their vital community and research-supporting work may be found.”