South West Museum Development Annual Review 2017/18 – View online now!

Abigail Millican, 21.03.2019

South West Museum Development are pleased to announce that our 2017/18 Annual Review is now available to view online.

Click here to view the 2017/18 Annual Review

The report highlights our achievements over the past year, supporting 206 museums through Arts Council England funding and financial support from investing local authorities.

The Annual Review is structured around Arts Council’s 5 strategic goals set out in their 10 year vision – Great Art and Culture for Everyone. We set out to integrate these goals with the needs of local museums in conjunction with the strategic priorities of Local Authorities.


2017/2018 in numbers:

£973,628 Total amount invested in museums through our programmes

309 delegates attended Museum Skills training

27 museums supported to develop their digital engagement

£22,061 awarded in grants

125 museums supported to improve collections care

50 museums supported with volunteering development

£113,146 total contributed by local authority partners to support museums through our programme


Across the region we have invested in a range of projects with museums and our partner organisations – take a look at a couple of project highlights:

Raising the Standard: Banners of Devon and Cornwall

This project worked with 10 museums across Devon and Cornwall to conserve, research, interpret and display 15 banners alongside a programme of vibrant community engagement. Dedicated volunteers contributed 1500 hours to the project!

Devon Museums and Digital Marketing

Delivered in partnership with Culture 24, 8 Devon museums took part in a series of digital marketing ‘experiments’ ranging from running Facebook ads to using visitor selfies for promotion. This led to museums completely selling out events!

Muse: Makers in Museums

This pilot project with 8 Devon and Somerset museums explored how small and volunteer-run museums can collaborate with artists. Outcomes included museums looking at collections in new ways, reaching new audiences and exploring opportunities for further funding.

Click here to read more and view the full Annual review online


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