The project will create a financially stable future for the museum service. Contributions to the fund will create an endowment which in turn, will provide an annual income to finance the daily costs of collections care and opening the museum to the public.
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In recent years the RIC has received unprecedented investment from a government programme called Renaissance in the Regions. This ensured that the museum was appropriately staffed for the first time in its history, and that a full programme of conservation, research, exhibitions, family activities, reminiscence workshops, early years and schools workshops could be delivered. It showed how adequate resourcing can support a vibrant community space. It costs ¬£1.3 million a year to deliver this level of museum service and in 2011 this funding is likely to stop. The RIC therefore wishes to build a fund that can provide a regular income to replace that which will be lost. In this way gifts of all sizes can support the Royal Cornwall Museum and ensure that it is still providing award winning services by the time of its bicentenary in 2018.
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