Young participants at the Festival of Archaeology event run by Birmingham Museums Trust, which recieved £84,500 in round seven of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to conserve and share knowledge of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Deadline approaching for Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Rebecca Atkinson, 03.09.2015
Submit your application by 10 September
The closing date for applications to the Museums Association’s (MA) £1m Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is fast approaching.

Museums have until 10 September to submit their initial proposals to the fund, which supports collections work that is outside of the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

Applicants can request grants between £20,000 and £100,000. After receiving stage one applications, the MA will invite about 15 applicants to make a full application, which will be judged by a committee of representatives from the MA, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the museum sector.

Projects at an early stage of development will be considered, but applicants should be able to demonstrate the potential benefits of any funded work and a commitment to building those into future work.

New criteria introduced this year means that museums now have to demonstrate how their work involves, engages and impacts audiences.

Museums also need to show how the project: improves the understanding, appreciation and use of collections; fits with the organisation’s wider priorities; and develops both the staff and organisations involved.

Sally Colvin, the MA’s programmes manager, said: “I’m looking forward to another round of great grant applications to the collections fund. This is the first round with our updated grant criteria, so hopefully it’s clear to applicants what we’re looking for in terms of exceptional collections that can have real impact on audiences.”

The MA has also announced the six recipients of the ninth round of the fund.

They are:

The De Morgan Foundation in Guildford, which received £86,575 for the touring exhibition Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematical Devices Underpinning William De Morgan’s Fantastical Ceramic Designs.

The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in Padiham, Lancashire, which received £92,540 to research, share and reinterpret the museum’s collection using the context and beliefs of its collector.

The Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works in Birmingham, which received £56,700 to research the industrial and social history of the collection relating to death, funerary rituals and mourning, and to expand and diversify engagement with audiences.

The Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, which received £65,300 to research and conserve the museum’s Leedsichthys fish as a gateway to the museum’s Jurassic marine collection.

The Canal and River Trust, which received £85,000 to research the historic boat collection, plan for its future and use new technologies to increase meaningful access.

The Whitworth in Manchester, which received £99,834 to conserve, research and share the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art collection.

Apply for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund