Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth has received £90,500 to conserve and interpret its boat collections

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund awards £476,000

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 05.07.2016
Seven organisations win funding for collections projects
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF) has awarded almost £476,000 to seven projects in its latest round of grants.

The £1m-a-year fund, administered by the Museums Association (MA), supports projects that enhance the use, understanding or appreciation of museum collections.

The successful applicants in this round include Coleraine Museum in Northern Ireland, which won £77,150 to work with communities to explore local folk songs and stories and stimulate contemporary collecting.

Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol was granted £29,440 to research and exhibit works by Denis Reed, an artist and mental health patient who captured life in the hospital, while the Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life won £90,500 to conserve and interpret its boat collections in consultation with the public.

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire received £64,500 to bring Holocaust survivors and communities together to capture testimony and shape its interpretation, and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery was granted £68,512 to research and promote its Highland decorative arts and Jacobite collections. A full list of successful applicants is below.
 
“We’re delighted to be funding strong and diverse projects from all over the UK,” says the MA’s programmes manager, Jonathan Catherall.
 
“Successful projects really impressed us with the way they were aiming to deepen their understanding of fascinating collections while making new relationships with local communities integral to everything they do.”

The next round of funding is now open to applications and closes on 7 September.

Projects funded in the latest round
 
Coleraine Museum
£77,150 to work with communities to explore the collection of Sam Henry (1878-1952) who chronicled local folk songs and culture and their accompanying stories; and to stimulate contemporary collecting.

Glenside Hospital Museum
£29,440 for Captured on Paper: Drawings of Life in a Mental Hospital, to research and exhibit the works of Denis Reed (1917-1979), artist and patient, and use them to raise the profile of mental health museums, in partnership with the Mental Health Museum in Wakefield and Bethlem Museum of the Mind in London.
 
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
£68,512 to research and promote its Highland decorative arts and Jacobite collection, share it with harder to reach audiences, and support other museums in the region.

Museum of Cambridge
£89,375 to connect Cambridgeshire museums, collections and communities through the folklore and oral history collection of Enid Porter, the museum’s longest serving curator.

National Holocaust Centre and Museum
£64,500 to bring together Holocaust survivors and communities to capture testimony, shape long-term approaches to interpretation, and enrich its Journey exhibition for young visitors onsite and online.

Pontypridd Museum
£56,131 for Whose History is it Anyway, to train the community to assess and co-create new interpretation for its social history collections.

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
£90,500 for Sea History Differently, to conserve and interpret its significant boat collections, involving audiences in consultation, co-curation and work-based skills training, and to deliver exhibitions in Great Yarmouth and other venues in the East of England.



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