Issued 20 October 2010
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced the following allocation of grant-in-aid to the National Gallery for the next four years starting April 2011:
*The capital funding is for running costs for maintenance and smaller building improvements.
The Director, Nicholas Penny, says:
"This allocation represents a 15% cut to our baseline grant. This is in line with the amounts awarded to other DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries. The DCMS has ensured the unique contribution that museums make has been reflected in the settlement. We also welcome the announcement regarding access to museum reserves. We will now establish how the National Gallery will operate with the new allocation from the start of the next financial year.
"Our priorities will be based on the National Gallery’s core aims. These are to protect and preserve the nation’s paintings, which we hold in trust for future generations, and to provide public access to the permanent collection. We are committed to remaining free of charge and to providing a varied public programme over the next four years."
Notes to Editors
Our current allocation for 2010–2011 is £28.2 million, comprising capital and resource grant-in-aid.
Grant-in-aid in previous years:
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