V&A Director Calls for Support of the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund


The future of the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is uncertain following thw abolition of the MLA.  Mark Jones, Director of the V&A,  is  urging organisations to express concern to governing bodies, MPs and local press,

The MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund helps and develops the quality and standards of regional collections.  The Fund is a key part of the V&A's national work and an important conduit for professional advice and support. Curators and conservators advise on applications and in return gain an overview of collections and collecting nationwide. The Fund retains an interest in the organisations and objects it supports and collections they join and ensures that the terms of grant offer continue to be met.  £900,000 has been made available for 2009-10 and in 2008-9 total grants of £1,019,758 were awarded to 93 organisations, enabling acquisitions of almost £3.5 million to go ahead. These were as diverse as the Archive of John Jefferys, Town Clerk of Bath c.1760-1800 (Bath and North East Somerset Record Office, £2,640 grant), Anglo-Saxon Agnus Dei type penny of Aethelred II from the Salisbury mint (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, grant £4,000) and Keith Tyson Nature Painting 2008 (Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, grant £25,000).

For more information or queries about how to show  support for the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund contact contact the Purchase Grant Fund staff on 020 7942 2536 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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