‘This is an innovative project that will deliver tangible benefits to collections throughout the south west and we are delighted to be supporting it.’
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England on Towards a Sustainable Conservation Service
The current Conservation Development and Collection Care Service, has gone from strength to strength since it commenced in 2004. Not only does it helps museums understand the conservation needs of collections, provide professional advice through training in-house and external training, it also advises on funding bids. Yet at this moment in time it does not directly fund bench conservation. Towards a Sustainable Conservation Service aims to change this and enhance the conservation offer available to museums in the south west.
Supported by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, the project will research and test an effective and financially sustainable model for conservation and collection care services across the south west of England during 2015-16. This project is the result of a partnership between Bristol City Council, Gloucestershire County Council and South West Heritage Trust.
South West Museum Development Programme will work in partnership with existing facilities and key conservation providers in the region to develop proposals for a conservation service, that is open to museums, heritage organisations and private clients as a commercial service across the region. The research and testing of a sustainable conservation business unit will be completed by 2016 and form the foundation of proposals for additional funding for implementation and delivery of a self financing model by 2018.