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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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HEFCE to invest £10.7 million per year for university museums, galleries and collections

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

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. 

Who will receive this funding from 2017-18?

Higher education institution

Museum, gallery or collection

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

Libraries 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

University of Birmingham

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
University of Newcastle 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 of the Creative Arts Crafts Study Centre
University of York Borthwick Institute for Archives

2016 review

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

Higher education museums, galleries and collections 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.  

Our support so far

We have for a long time had a stake in funding for museums, galleries and collections.

The University Museums Group conducted research which found that in 2014-15 HEFCE funding helped museums, galleries and collections in England to leverage a total of £42.5 million of funding from external sources.

HEFCE funding also helped them to engage with 4.5 million visitors, 37,000 university students and 207,000 school students. 

Further information

For more information about the fund and its review, please contact the Research policy team,

Page last updated 17 January 2017