Palin welcomes hope of £1.5m arts funding

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TV explorer and comic actor Michael Palin has welcomed the prospect of Museums Sheffield winning a possible £1.5 million in funding.

Yesterday The Star revealed the city’s museums and art galleries could be set to receive an annual £500,000 grant from the Arts Council - which just weeks ago rejected a bid for £1.4m a year.

Michael, who grew up in Broomhill and found fame with the Monty Python comedy troupe, said the cash would be a boost for Sheffield’s cultural scene.

“This is great news for Sheffield and the arts,” he told The Star.

Museums Sheffield’s current £800,000 a year Arts Council funding runs out in March, leaving a grant from Sheffield Council as its only main income.

The new £1.5m funding would be spread over three years in £500,000 instalments.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attended a meeting between the Arts Council and Museums Sheffield to help lobby for funding.

A ‘protest picnic’ was also held in the Millennium Gallery on Sunday.