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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July, 2003, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Museums handed 2m cash boost
British Museum
The British Museum receives 400,000
A cash injection of 2m has been handed to museums and art galleries to improve public access and presentation, the government has announced.

A total of 14 institutions will receive grants from the government, with payments ranging from 3,000 to 400,000.

The biggest recipient is London's British Museum, which will get 400,000 to improve major exhibition spaces and environmental conditions.

Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum will receive 250,000 to refurbish its Egyptian galleries, which houses among other exhibits a coffin lid of Rameses III.

The money has been pledged by the government in conjunction with the Wolfson Foundation, a charity body which promotes the arts and humanities.

Arts minister Estelle Morris said the money will be used to improve displays, public spaces, access for disabled visitors and environmental controls.

'Envy of the world'

The National Museums of Liverpool, which will be the European City of Culture in 2008, is getting 200,000 to build a children's gallery and boost disabled access.

Ms Morris said: "Our museums and galleries are the envy of the world.

"They draw in visitors from home and abroad, provide a solid and often unique educational resource for our schools and colleges, and most of all fire the imagination and lift the spirits of everyone who visits them.

"These grants will help museums and galleries, both large and small, across England to improve facilities for children and collection presentation and by doing so making them welcome to all."

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