Bridport Museums Trust has been awarded a grant to deliver a rationalisation project in partnership with local communities

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund celebrates 100th grant milestone

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 12.12.2018
New criteria and guidance launched and latest funding recipients announced
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF) has passed a significant milestone after awarding its 100th grant in the latest round of funding.

Announced this week, the six recipients were awarded a total of £692,918 in the fund's 16th round. The EFCF, which supports projects that develop collections and connect them with people, has now distributed 101 grants totalling almost £7.9m since it was established in 2011.

Among the projects funded in the latest round, Glasgow Women’s Library won a grant of £119,868 for Lesbian Lives: revealing hidden herstories, a partnership project with the Glasgow International visual arts festival to improve representation, knowledge and interpretation of its lesbian archive.

The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales, received £118,850 for a project to imaginatively interpret its collection in order to engage with young families. The centre will offer intercultural family learning activities on and off site, as well as a volunteer programme and training opportunities.

The Horniman Museum in London was awarded £120,000 for a project, co-produced with Black and Ethnic Minority musicians and communities, to develop understanding of its musical instrument collection and south London’s digital and ephemeral music. The project will have a particular focus on genres including Grime, R&B, Afrobeat and Soca.

Bridport Museums Trust in Dorset received £101,100 for a three-year project to deliver a collections review in partnership with local communities, while Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in Derbyshire was awarded £120,000 for an 18-month project to test new models of disposal and reach new audiences.

Finally, Museums Worcestershire was awarded £113,100 to review its glove collection and create a community-based project that reconnects people to their past. The project aims to promote a better understanding of the collection’s international significance and leave a legacy of glove-making in the county where it was once a thriving industry.

To mark its 100th-grant milestone, the EFCF has refreshed the criteria and guidance for the next round in order to better support applications that have a strong link between relevant collections and audiences. The new documents can be downloaded below.
The MA’s programmes manager, Sally Colvin, said: “It’s amazing that we’ve now funded over 100 projects through the collections fund, and this has been a particularly competitive round – so congratulations to the six applicants that have been successful.

“The ‘100’ threshold also motivated us to refresh our criteria and guidance to make sure it’s clear and user-friendly. I hope people thinking about applying will have a look and get in touch with their ideas.”

The deadline for the current grant round is 5pm on 6 March 2019. See the EFCF homepage for more details on how to apply.

Round 16 grant recipients

  • Bridport Museums Trust £101,100 over 36 months for “The Right Stuff: innovative community collections review and rationalisation at Bridport Museum”
  • Derbyshire County Council – Buxton Museum and Art Gallery £120,000 over 18 months for “Revisiting 20th Century Acquisitions: uncovering truths and stories in the search for new audiences”
  • Dylan Thomas Centre £118,850 over 36 months for "Blooming Under the Tall Tales"
  • Glasgow Women’s Library £119,868 over 24 months for “Lesbian Lives: revealing hidden herstories”
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens £120,000 over 36 months for "South London Music"
  • Museums Worcestershire £113,100 over 36 months for “A Glove Affair: Worcester’s hand in the global gloving industry”.