£800k for national loans to local museums

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Local and regional museums will be able to borrow treasures from the national collections thanks to a three year grant scheme with £810,000 by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Art Fund.

It is a continuation of the initiative started three years ago with a £750,000 which saw local museum visitor numbers rise by 40%. The money is used to fund borrowing grants, project management, training and evaluation. Through the scheme, works by painters such as Rembrandt and Stubbs and treasures including the 12th-century Becket Casket have been loaned to local museums. In the near future, works by such artists as Walter Sickert, Peter Paul Rubens, Eric Ravilious, William Hogarth, Patrick Caulfield, Charles Pears and Laura Knight wil be seen in local venues.

In the latest funding decisions in the scheme, 13 museums across England, Scotland and Wales have benefitted from grants totalling £196,000 for treasures that will go on show from 2020 onwards.

They are:

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