New Year, New Projects, New Funding

Really excited to be launching into 2019 having just worked on a couple of great projects – one giving out grants and one receiving.

Just before Christmas the AIM Biffa Award History Makers panel met to distribute the final grants in this £1M fund to support the creation of new exhibitions telling the stories of inspirational historical figures. I can’t reveal who has been successful just yet, but it was a real challenge narrowing down the number of applications we had to the money available.

Joseph Lancaster's Educational Revolution at The British Schools Museum
Joseph Lancaster’s Educational Revolution at The British Schools Museum

The projects we funded last year will all be launching soon, including the story of Joseph Lancaster’s Educational Revolution at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. All grant holders are asked to supply AIM with a short video about their project, which makes quite a few wince with nerves. On the basis of this trailer, I don’t think it is going to be a problem for Andy and the team in Hitchin.

Closer to home, Bridport Museum received a fantastic Christmas present in the form of a £101,000 grant from the Museums Association Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund. The grant will allow the museum to carry out a review and rationalisation of their collections, guided by the community, to ensure they are holding ‘The Right Stuff’ (project title right there!) for the right reasons, in the right places. The work is a natural follow on from the museum redevelopment of a couple of years ago, and will hopefully lead to some great shared learning for other museums with too much stuff!

Rope Making at Bridport Museum
Rope Making at Bridport Museum

So, an exciting end to 2018 and lots to look forward to in 2019.

Do of course get in touch if you have work you think I might be able to help with. Always happy to chat through your ideas.

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