Cornwall's Museum Partnership joins the new 'National Portfolio'



It has been announced this morning that the Cornwall Museums Partnership has been awarded £2.44 million by Arts Council England and is now included in its new ‘National Portfolio’.

The government and Lottery funded arts body, announced this morning which bodies across the country would receive National Portfolio funding for 2018-2022.

The Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) was delighted to discover that it will be one of the organisations to receive a share of the £9.4 million funding designated to Cornwall.

Other arts organisations in Cornwall who will receive the funding include The Hall for Cornwall Trust, Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre, Creative Kernow Ltd, Leech Pottery and Newlyn Art Gallery.




The overall amount of money Cornwall has received from the Arts Council remains very similar to last year’s figure and it is what the sector was expecting.

The £2.44 million will enable the Cornwall Museums Partnership to deliver a wide-ranging programme of activity across seven museums from Porthcurno to Bodmin which has been designed to bring their internationally significant collections to life for the enjoyment of everyone in Cornwall. This will include new exhibitions, a trainee Curator programme, more opportunities for children and young people and a transformation of the information available online about Cornwall’s heritage.

To deliver this ambitious programme, CMP will be working with Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Penlee House in Penzance, Helston Museum, Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall Regimental Museum in Bodmin and Wheal Martyn in St Austell.

Emmie Kell 

Cornwall Museum’s Partnership’s CEO, Emmie Kell, said: “We are thrilled with the announcement and Arts Council England’s recognition of the importance of our collaborative approach. This is an exciting and significant moment for museums in Cornwall.”

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, Chairman of the CMP Board, said: “Cornwall’s museums are a unique shared resource that generate civic pride and a sense of identity in the communities which they actively serve. They care for diverse collections which connect many generations as the objects they hold have both personal and universal significance. Through their programmes and collection displays, museums wield the power to create a sense of wonder: inform, move and inspire. We are delighted that Arts Council England is supporting our plans to share these collections with many more people for the benefit of communities across Cornwall.”


A statement from the Arts Council read

“Today, we announced our new National Portfolio for 2018-22 – a fresh, ambitious and wide-ranging group of organisations that we believe will bring new energy to the arts and cultural sector, while reaching more people in more places than ever before”

In all, 831 organisations will receive a total of £1.6 billion across the country over four years for 844 projects under a new banner ‘The National Portfolio’

Dancers perform in a white room
Dancers from Corali, one of the new portfolio members, perform The People Race the Fish. Photo © Hydar Dewachi

The National Portfolio includes organisations of all sizes and scales, with museums and libraries coming into the portfolio for the first time.  Some organisations are well-established nationally or internationally, like the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the Royal Philharmonic and our own Kneehigh Theatre.

There will be 72 museums and seven libraries in the portfolio, including The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the Bowes Museum in Teesdale, the Tank Museum in Dorset and library services in Barking and Dagenham, Suffolk and Leicester.

A large room filled with tanks
The Tank Museum in Dorset, one of the new portfolio members. Photo © Rosalind Skellorn