What is the Designation Scheme?
The Designation Scheme was established in 1997 by Arts Council England and has determined the highest quality collections in libraries, museums and archives in England. The main aim of the award was to raise awareness about the existence and cultural effect of these vital collections.
Where have you heard about the Designation Scheme?
The designated collections vary in specific location but they are dotted all over England and cover many different topics and a broad time period. They display the establishment of disciplines and theories, intellectual journeys and a vast array of eclectic tastes.
What you need to know about the Designation Scheme.
All collections that are thought of as nationally significant are eligible to apply for the Designation Scheme, however this applies only if they aren't directly funded by the government or are an organisation without charitable status. To apply, you must demonstrate that your organisation is capable and eligible and if you are successful, you will be invited to the second stage, where your organisation must demonstrate the national significance, outstanding quality and research value of your collection. The current chair of the designation panel is university librarian and keeper of the Brotherton Collection Dr Stella Butler.
Find out more about the Designation Scheme.
If you are interested in the Designation Scheme, read our page on government funding.