Museums get cash boost for volunteering

Pauline Nash
Pauline Nash

Museum Services in Calderdale have had a welcome boost thanks to a £140,000 grant from Arts Council England.

The cash will go towards helping the service’s successful volunteering programme.

It comes from the Art Council’s Renaissance Fund and Calderdale Council has confirmed money will help recruit a volunteer co-ordinator to oversee the proframme.

The service is also seeking to establish a new apprentice scheme.

Four new apprentices will be recruited to work within the museum team, providing opportunities and experience for young people interested in a career in museums and galleries who will be supported to study for an NVQ in Cultural Heritage Management.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, Coun Pauline Nash, said: “This is another great achievement for the Council’s museums. The service has already had a fantastic year, with record breaking numbers attending the Quentin Blake exhibition at Bankfield Museum.

“The funding from the Arts Council will help continue these successes. The volunteer programme is already very successful, but this grant will help to build on the excellent work that has already been done.”

For more information contact Calderdale Council’s museum’s Manager, Richard Macfarlane on richard.macfarlane@calderdale.gov.uk