Museums Project Pointer in Culture Bid
Byline: Sophie Blakemore
Birmingham's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 received a massive boost today after the region's museums were chosen to spearhead a pounds 70 million Government scheme to revitalise regional museums and galleries.
Museums in the West Midlands Hub have been selected, along with museums in the North East and South West, to lead the project.
The Renaissance of the Regions initiative will be the first time money has been channelled from central Government into the regeneration of the regional museums sector.
The news was today dubbed as 'very significant' in Birmingham's battle to become European Capital of Culture.
Coun Ian Ward (Lab Shard End), cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said the selection of Birmingham for the scheme was a coup for the city's arts scene.
'It is also a very significant development for the city's bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008.'
The West Midlands Hub is led by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and includes the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, in Coventry, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Telford and the Potteries Museums and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. …