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”.
Links and downloads
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund