On behalf of Museum Development England and the Art Fund, we are delighted to announce The Wild Escape funding awarded to over 100 museums across England in a celebration of museum collections, UK wildlife and creativity.

Museum Development England administered The Wild Escape small grant programme and awarded over £320,000 to seven consortia and 98 further museums, galleries, and historic houses enabling them to participate in this major project.

South West Museum Development is delighted to have awarded over £70,000 to two consortia projects, one led by Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon in collaboration with seven museums across North Devon and Torridge, and the other led by the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in collaboration with Honiton Museum in East Devon.  A further 17 museums from across the whole region, Gloucestershire to Cornwall, also benefitted from this funding.

These museums include; Guernsey Museums, John Moore Museum, Museum of Gloucester, Trowbridge Museum, Court Barn Museum, Lydiard House Museum, The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Museum of Cornish Life, Richard Jefferies Museum Trust, Kelmscott Manor, Weston Museum, Wheal Martyn Trust, The Box, South Somerset Heritage Collection, The Museum in the Park, Royal West of England Academy and Museum of Dartmoor Life.

The Wild Escape, led by Art Fund and supported by Arts Council England, is a major new project uniting hundreds of museums, schools, and communities in a celebration of UK wildlife and creativity.  For museum teams and school teachers, the project offers a fun and educational way to engage children with museum collections, through a focus on wildlife and the nature around us.

The Wild Escape coincides with the BBC’s Wild Isles programme, a major new BBC natural history service, presented by Sir David Attenborough, revealing a previously unseen wild side of the UK.  It will inspire primary school children through art and design activities on BBC Bitesize, also lined to from other BBC sites.

Applications are now closed for The Wild Escape small grants however museums can still participate and benefit from a wide range of resources and project opportunities. For full information and to register, please visit our The Wild Escape page or contact [email protected]