The recently published Mendoza Review of museums in England found that public funding to museums and galleries in England has totalled over £8.4 billion in the past decade. Museums in Cornwall receive public funding from a variety of sources, including Arts Council England (ACE), Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), local authorities and others, as well as benefiting from a range of tax reliefs and grants. It is therefore not possible to provide a comprehensive breakdown of public funding for museums in the region.
ACE has invested in Cornwall’s museums through its support for Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP). As a Major Partnership Museum, CMP has received £1.5m from ACE since 2015, and as a National Portfolio Organisation in the next spending round from 2018-2022 will receive £2.44m funding to enable Cornwall’s museums to become a strong network of sustainable organisations.
Government also directly sponsors Tate St Ives which reopened in October following a major project which saw it nearly double in size, supported by £2.8m from the HLF.