GLAM awarded investment funding from Arts Council England

Oxford University Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM) have been awarded funding as part of the Art Council England’s 2023-26 Investment Programme.

Pitt Rivers volunteers posing with masks and a bag

As a National Portfolio Organisation the Gardens, Libraries & Museums have been offered an investment of £4,023,510 over three years. The investment will support critical work across our four museums: the Ashmolean Museum, History of Science Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum.

The funding will particularly support the establishment of diverse and impactful public and community engagement programmes. It will allow GLAM to continue to support key activity such as partnerships with Iffley Academy, the Museum of Oxford and Banbury Museums, and to deliver a number of new initiatives.  

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture in England, and one of the biggest investments it makes is through its National Portfolio Organisations, which deliver creative and cultural provision across the country. 990 organisations will receive a share of £446 million investment, including 276 organisations, of all shapes and sizes, who haven’t received it previously.  Arts Council England are boosting spending in arts, museums and libraries in villages, towns and cities where investment is currently too low.  

Museum staff and school student looking at museum case

Arts Council England Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “As well as continuing our commitment to our many established and renowned cultural organisations, I am deeply proud of the support we will be giving to those new organisations which will help ignite creativity across the country.  We are facing economic pressures at present but this funding is about an investment in our future. This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.” 

The Gardens, Libraries & Museums are grateful to the Arts Council England for their continued support and for their support of the wider Oxford community.

For more information on the Arts Council England 2023-26 Investment Program, visit