Renaissance is MLA Council’s £150million programme to transform England's regional museums. For the first time ever, investment from central government is helping regional museums across the country to raise their standards and deliver real results in support of education, learning, community development and economic regeneration.
A network of 'Hubs' has been set up in each English region to act as flagship museums and help promote good practice. Alongside the Hubs, the regional Renaissance teams and Museum Development Officers are providing advice and support, Subject Specialist Networks have been set up, and national museums are sharing their skills and collections to ensure Renaissance benefits the entire museums sector. Renaissance is helping museums to meet people's changing needs - and to change people's lives.
“The North West has remarkable cultural and heritage assets. Renaissance North West is about working in new ways to use and develop these assets, and to maximise the contribution our museum services can make to the region’s economic, social and cultural development.”
Virginia Tandy, Director, Manchester City Galleries (Hub lead)
Renaissance North West is delivering a programme of investment through the six hub venues and their strategic partners, as well as initiatives that are impacting across the region.
Every one of the 160 registered museums in the North West has a stake in Renaissance. The project has already been enthusiastically received in many parts of the region, but there is much more to do. Museums can work in partnership with Renaissance North West to develop and improve services and put users at the heart of everything we do.
Through Renaissance North West, we have a unique opportunity to improve the relevance, impact, profile and quality of museum services and assets, which will diversify and increase the number of people who enjoy and learn from the region's collections.