The Whithorn Trust

MA announces successful collection fund applicants

Patrick Steel, 11.06.2018
Five museums receive grants from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
The Museums Association has announced the five successful applicants for the latest round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Canterbury Museums and Galleries was granted £46,210 to review its stored art collection with volunteers who suffer from debilitating anxiety, to make the collection more relevant and accessible to visitors while benefiting the volunteers’ mental health and developing team skills and experience.

Manchester Art Gallery was granted £103,000 for a project using Platt Hall gallery and its collections to test and develop a new sector-leading model as the UK’s first fully user-generated museum.

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery was granted £119,711, for “Exploring Eliot”, an exploration of George Eliot’s relevance and significance today using internationally important collections. The project encourages local people to examine the author’s radical life and the choices she made, allowing them to reflect on their concerns and experiences and contribute positively to their wellbeing.

The Whithorn Trust was granted £88,976 for “Questions of Life and Death - Whithorn Archaeological Cold Case”. The project aims to unlock the potential of bone collections for the understanding of early medieval Scotland.

Wisbech and Fenland Museum was granted £87,000 for “Articles for Change”, widening access to the Thomas Clarkson collection of 18th Century anti-slavery documents and artefacts, opening debate about issues of modern slavery in England, and in particular with the extensive migrant communities in the East of England today.

“This round of funding shows the diverse array of collections that can benefit from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and how collections work can be positive for the communities in which museums operate,” says Sarah Briggs, the MA’s collections development officer.

The next deadline for applications is 5pm on 12 September 2018.

To find out more about the fund, potential applicants can attend a network day in London on 10 July or book a 20-minute slot with Sarah Briggs at the Northern Ireland Members’ Meeting in Derry on 13 June.

Links and downloads

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Northern Ireland Members’ Meeting

Esmeé Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day