(c) Peoples History Museum. Carried Away exhibition @ People's History Museum - Anti apartheid campaign 1984. PHM won £47,033 to digitally link collections across the museum, the Labour History Archive and Working Class Movement Library.

Six museums awarded £390,000 by Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Patrick Steel, 03.07.2012
Funds for guest curatorships and seaweed analysis
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF), administered by the Museums Association, has awarded a total of £389,447 to six museums to enable them to develop their collections.

The successful projects included a £31,943 Natural History Museum project to gather, analyse and share data on seaweed, a £63,000 programme of guest curatorships to research and interpret the collections at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, and a £100,000 project to link natural science collections in Wales run by the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales.

Grants were also awarded to National Museums Scotland, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, and the People’s History Museum.

Completing a two-stage application process, the six successful museums were shortlisted from a list of 15, which in turn was drawn from 74 initial applications.

Sally Colvin, the MA’s collections coordinator, said: “The applications were of a very high standard, so some tough decision had to be made, particularly at the shortlist stage.

“All the successful projects will work on important collections and have something innovative or exemplary about them - from the collaborative nature of the projects in Scotland and Wales to the way in which Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service will work with staff and volunteers to solve access problems to large object collections.”

This is the third round of ECFC funding, with the deadline for initial stage applications for a fourth round on 7 September 2012.

For more information about EFCF, and to apply, please click here


Full list of EFCF round three awards:

Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales, £100,000
Taxonomy and Taxidermy: Linking Natural Science Collections in Wales, a project to increase understanding and use of natural science collections in over 20 museums across Wales

National Museums Scotland, £58,471
Pacific Collections in Scottish Museums - unlocking their knowledge and potential: a collaborative project to share collections knowledge

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, £89,000
Shine a Light: a project to research and increase access to large object collections

Natural History Museum, £31,943
Seaweed Collections Online: mobilising data from national and regional museums, a project to gather, analyse and share data on seaweed, with a focus on indicators of environmental change

People’s History Museum, £47,033
Uncovering Ideas Worth Fighting For: a partnership project to digitally link collections across the museum, the Labour History Archive and Working Class Movement Library

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, £63,000
A programme of guest curatorships to research and interpret the collections

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05.07.2012, 23:38
Excellent news! It's about time the natural sciences got more love.