Arts Council cash boost for South East museums

Bayleaf Farmhouse - a Sussex farmhouse - in its restored state. Image copyright Weald and Downland Museum
Image caption The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum opened in 1970 to help preserve historic buildings

Nine museums in the South East are to benefit from almost £1m of funding from the Arts Council.

The museums in Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be given £990,000 from the council's museums resilience fund.

The money will go towards making them more sustainable.

Hedley Swain, from the council, said: "We know there is growing pressure on local authority budgets, but we need to work together and continue to invest in this vital local resource."

The money has been awarded to:

  • Weald and Downland Open Air Museum - £130,000
  • Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft - £32,072
  • Watts Gallery - £99,900
  • Brooklands Museum - £200,000
  • Guildhall Museum - £67,100
  • Folkestone Museum - £80,000
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust - £263,000
  • Bluebell Railway - £84,150
  • Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - £33,000

Ms Swain added: "Our investment will support a variety of projects... in their ambitions to make their museums more sustainable, and so visitors can continue to enjoy all there is to offer."

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