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MA announces successful collections fund applicants

Patrick Steel, 05.12.2017
Round 14 of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the successful applicants for Round 14 of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, with awards across Scotland, Wales and England for projects that develop collections to achieve social impact.

Sally Colvin, the MA's programmes manager, says: "We’re really pleased with this selection of projects. Between them they show a great range of ways that collections provide the foundation and inspiration for connecting to people."

Cardiff Story Museum received £110,530 for Cardiff’s Communities: Our City, Our Story, Our Museum, working with new and existing community partners to ensure the core collection is representative of Cardiff's cultural diversity. The funds will also go towards creating a team of ambassadors to link the community and the museum.

Cornwall Museums Partnership received £96,197 for Citizen Curators, working with Accredited museum partners to deliver a work-based training programme for volunteers from the local community in modern curatorial practice, and bringing together objects to form a Cornish National Collection.

National Museums Scotland received £119,500 for Revealing Stories, reviewing the ancient Egypt, China, Japan and Korean collections to widen engagement with young people, BAME audiences and individuals with additional support needs, and create a partnership for Scottish museums.

Parc Howard Museum received £103,350 for a project revealing the importance of the Llanelly Pottery collection, making connections with new and diverse audiences.

The Scottish Maritime Museum Trust received £120,000 to restore the Golden Orfe motor yacht and to use her as a floating exhibit, learning resource and oral history collecting point visiting coastal communities.

The Salisbury Museum received £115,360 for a project working with young people and the costume collection, rediscovering items hidden in storage and creating links between generations.

The fund started in 2011 and 72 projects have so far received grants totalling £4.9m in its first eleven funding rounds. Between 2017 and 2019 it is offering a total of £3.5m in grants, as well as providing events and resources for the whole sector.

The next deadline for applications will be 28 February 2018 at 5pm.

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