Three museums in the West Midlands have received a total of £330,000 in funding to improve their collections.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service and the Wedgwood Museum Trust have all received cash from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

In total, 34 projects across the country have benefited from £3 million worth of funding made available through the MLA's Renaissance programme, aimed at transforming regional museums and galleries.

The largest award of £130,838 was handed to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which will develop a two-strand project.

The first will be carried out in partnership with the Thinktank Trust and feature a community exhibition entitled We made it.

The second exhibition, Learning to Engage, explores the meanings given to art by an audience.

Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service received £99,636 to make improvements to its collections and displays, while the Wedgwood Museum Trust will be going digital with its £100,000 award through a range of e-learning packages.

Chris Batt, MLA chief executive, said: "MLA's vision for the future of England's museums is of places where everyone can be inspired to learn and to enjoy these fantastic collections.

"Our role is to encourage museums to exploit fully the possibilities for these collections, exploring innovative ways to reach audiences whether in the local community or beyond."