• Weston Super Mare Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography
    Weston Super Mare Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography

About Us

The South West Museum Development Programme was launched on 1 August 2012 as part of Arts Council England’s (ACE) Renaissance programme and is currently funded by Arts Council England until March 2022 as a Sector Support Organisation. The programme provides support to Accredited museums across the South West region.

The purpose of Museum Development is to use Arts Council England’s five strategic goals set out in Great Art and Culture for Everyone (see below) to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in England’s regional museums so that they can maximise their benefit to audiences and communities.

Goal 1.Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
Goal 2.Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries.
Goal 3.The arts, museums and libraries are resilience and environmentally sustainable.
Goal 4.The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled.
Goal 5.Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries.

In each year, we will offer a programme of support for museums, based on consultation with the museum sector which are agreed with ACE as part of our funding agreement.