The National Maritime Museum is one of a select group of national museums and galleries that receive direct government funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

For legal purposes, the National Maritime Museum entity incorporates the Royal Observatory, the Peter Harrison Planetarium, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark.

Funding agreements

New funding agreements are issued periodically, which detail:

  • the sponsorship arrangements
  • the performance indicators we have agreed to
  • our strategic priorities
  • and our contribution to achieving government objectives.

Our latest agreement is available here:

Read more about the funding scheme on the DCMS website

Our responsibilities

The following documents also outline the responsibilities and accountabilities of the parties involved and the rules governing our spending: