Museum of East Anglian Life receives £270,000 in Arts Council funding

FEATURE - Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL)''Pictured: Abbot's Hall ANL-150302-223438009
FEATURE - Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL)''Pictured: Abbot's Hall ANL-150302-223438009
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£273,000 boost for programme

The museum, in Iliffe Way, will receive a total of £272,974 to deliver a three-year programme called From Resilience to Resilience – A Model for a Sustainable Museum.’

John Lanagan, the museum’s CEO, pictured, said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to find out the museum had been awarded the cash.

He said: “This year the Arts Council is focusing on the resilience of museums, recognising the sector is under financial stress.

“It is very important funding for us and very important that we continue to be funded by the Arts Council.”

John said the money would be used on a four-point plan.

First, the organisation would look to improve its fund-raising capabilities.

Second, the museum would look to bolster its income streams with more corporate functions, including hosting weddings.

Third, it would look to reduce its carbon footprint through better heating, lighting and eventually renewable energy generation.

Finally, the museum will develop its workforce to better equip them for the future.

The Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, Gainsborough House Society and the Long Shop Museum, in Leiston, will also benefit from Arts Council funding.