Successful Museum Resilience Fund bid from Arts Council England
Strutt’s North Mill in Belper has secured just under £60,000 from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, to enable this important heritage site to develop its long term sustainability.
Tom Wyke started work as the new ‘Fundraising and Volunteer Support Officer’ for the Strutt’s North Mill in Belper in July 2015. The role has been funded through the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, which offered £1.2 million to museums across the East Midlands. Peter Arnold, Chair of the Belper North Mill Trust, which is the charity that runs the Strutt’s North Mill museum, visitor centre and tourist information site has said: “It’ll make an enormous impact, enabling us to modernise and get certain things done that are sadly lacking”.
This new role, which will be funded until March 2017 has a number of priorities. Firstly, it will involve developing a sustainable fundraising strategy, aiming to improve the current income streams of the museum, whilst at the same time. It will also be about working with the Belper North Mill Trust, the staff and the volunteers to develop ideas of how to scope new fundraising opportunities. Secondly, the role is designed to help better support the current volunteers and enable the recruitment of some much needed additional volunteers, through developing the volunteer experience at the Strutt’s North Mill.
Tom Wyke said: “I’m excited to be involved in such an important project, and even more excited to be in a position to encourage more people to get involved with the work of the Strutt’s North Mill in a variety of ways. I’m grateful to the Arts Council England for funding this role, as we seek to develop a more sustainable and financially secure museum that is embedded in the local community, and a place that continues to be enjoyed by visitors, staff and volunteers alike.”
Peter Knott, area director of Arts Council England, said: “This significant investment is a real boost for museums and heritage sites across the East Midlands. In the current economic climate it is really important for cultural organisations to be sustainable and resilient businesses. This funding is aimed at supporting museums to make the most of opportunities for development which will help ensure the public can continue to benefit from the wealth of historical collections”.