Museums and Galleries: Lancashire

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much museums in Lancashire received in Government funding in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture)

Museums are a discretionary local authority service and their core funding is a matter for Lancashire county council and the 12 district councils in Lancashire.

Excluding lottery funding, the Department through the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has provided the following sums to museums within the Lancashire county council geographical area that are responsible for collections of nationally significant cultural items (designated collections):

Grants to museums with designated collections in Lancashire
2005-06 36.1
2004-05 36.1
2003-04 35.0
2002-03 35.0
2001-02 95.0

The Department also sponsors the National Football Museum in Preston and has provided them with the following annual sums:

Grant to the national football museum
2005-06 100
2004-05 100
2003-04 100
2002-03 (1)n/a
2001-02 (1)n/a
(1) The museum was not sponsored by DCMS prior to 2003-04.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is also one of five partner institutions in the North-West Hub of the Renaissance Programme for regional museums. In total, this North-West Renaissance Hub has received the following funding:

Grant in aid to the north west renaissance hub through the MLA
2005-06 1,402
2004-05 820
2003-04 220
2002-03 10
2001-02 (1)n/a
(1) Prior to the renaissance programme.

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