Gardens Museum wins fund for museum project

The Gardens Museum has won a £3,000 grant to pay for someone to advise it on sponsorship and gain £50,000 a year in support from commercial horticulture.

The London museum wants to raise funds from the industry after winning £750,000 in grants and donations from individual patrons, friends and charitable trusts over the past three years.

The International Bulb Centre, Van der Berk and Capital Gardens' Colin Campbell-Preston have supported the museum, but no other industry source has followed suit.

Museum director Christopher Woodward said the grant from the Association of Independent Museums will fund an advisory role on how to generate a greater income from the industry. The consultant will recommend a programme of new activities and sponsorship to begin in 2011.

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