Specialist research resource at AUB, The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), has today been awarded a grant of £36,400 by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England has awarded 94 museums and organisations a total of £12,271,676, as part of the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund. The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

MoDiP has been granted funding for a project entitled Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for specialist museums. 

The project aims to create and pilot a new model of economic resilience for smaller museums by developing deeper, mutually-beneficial collaborations with industries relevant to MoDiP.

The project also looks to build a resource that can support other small specialist museums in collaborating with their relevant industries.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “At a challenging time for funding in the sector, it is vital that museums look at ways of improving their resilience and making the most of every opportunity. 

“By investing £36,400 through our Museums Resilience Fund, we are helping to create a new model of resilience for specialist museums working with industry. 

“MoDiP is leading the work in this area and we’re delighted that they will be sharing their learning throughout the sector.”

Head of MoDiP, Professor Susan Lambert, added: “We are delighted that we have been awarded this grant. Developing a model of economic resilience that will benefit other, smaller museums will help ensure the survival of research resources like ourselves. We look forward to seeing the project progress.” 

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives and is the development organisation for English regional museums.