Museum, Galleries and Collections Fund

Our research funding supports infrastructure on which research and scholarship depends. This includes support for university museums, galleries and collections.

We currently provide over £10 million per year to 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections (HEMGs) across 19 HEPs.

Our funding helps museums, galleries and collections to serve the wider research community, where this costs them significantly more than meeting the needs of their own researchers and students.

Museum, Galleries and Collections FAQs

Which museums, galleries and collections are funded by Research England?

  • Arts University Bournemouth - Museum of Design in Plastics
  • Durham University - Oriental Museum
  • London School of Economics - The Women's Library
  • Royal Academy of Music - Royal Academy of Music Museum
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art - The Courtauld Gallery
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art - The Library Collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art
  • University College London - Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
  • University College London - UCL Art Museum
  • University College London - Grant Museum of Zoology
  • University of Birmingham - The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • University of Birmingham - Lapworth Museum of Geology
  • University of Brighton - University of Brighton Design Archives
  • University of Bristol - Theatre Collection
  • University of Cambridge - Cambridge University Botanic Garden
  • University of Cambridge - The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • University of Cambridge - Kettle's Yard
  • University of Cambridge - Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • University of Cambridge - Museum of Zoology
  • University of Cambridge - The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • University of Cambridge - Whipple Museum of the History of Science
  • University of East Anglia - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • University of Leeds - Leeds University Art Collection at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
  • University of Manchester - Manchester Museum
  • University of Manchester - Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Newcastle University - Great North Museum: Hancock and the Hatton Gallery
  • University of Oxford - Pitt Rivers Museum
  • University of Oxford- Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
  • University of Oxford- Museum of the History of Science
  • University of Reading - Museum of English Rural Life
  • University of the Arts London - University Archives and Special Collections Centre
  • University for the Creative Arts - Crafts Study Centre
  • University of York - Borthwick Institute for Archives

How much funding did each institution receive?

You can download the HEMG funding allocation 2017-18 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (12 KB)

How do you review funding for museums, galleries and collections?

In 2016 the former HEFCE completed a review of its funding in this area, led by Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of the Imperial War Museums.

HEMGs were invited to apply for funding.

An independent panel of experts considered how far the submissions demonstrated activity which met the HEFCE policy aims. It made funding recommendations on this basis.

The review highlighted the unique and significant contributions museums, galleries and collections make to research, scholarship and research impact in the UK and internationally.

Research England HEMG funding is driven by the results of this review.

You can read an impact assessment here. Download the 2016 review of HEFCE Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund.