Old Tools, New Uses, an Effective Collections project undertaken by a network of curators across Scotland, enabled duplicate museum objects to be recyled to artisan groups in Africa

£400,000 in grants for collections work

Geraldine Kendall, 16.10.2012
New Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund round launches
The MA is now accepting applications for the next round of £400,000 funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF), which offers grants between £20,000-£100,000 to organisations proposing time-limited collections work outside the scope of their core resources.

The MA awards approximately £800,000 a year from the EFCF to museums, galleries and heritage organisations in two grant rounds. The fund builds on work of the MA’s Effective Collections programme.

Following a review of the bidding process, it is now much easier to apply - if you have a proposal for collections work, all you have to do is fill out a short initial application. If this is successful you will then receive guidance and advice from the MA before submitting a more detailed bid.

MA collections coordinator Sally Colvin said: “The fifth round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is open for applications, and we have another £400,000 to give away.

"I’m always surprised by the range of applications we receive and some of the brilliant ideas that emerge, so if you’re thinking about applying please get in touch."

The MA is also holding drop-in sessions at its free-to-attend exhibition at the MA Conference & Exhibition 2012 in Edinburgh,offering advice to anyone with an idea for an application to the EFCF.

The deadline for applications to the EFCF is 5 April 2013.

Click here for more information and to apply

Sound in Museums workshop

As part Reel to Real, the University of Oxford Pitt Rivers Museum’s £78,200 EFCF project to digitise its sound collection, the museum is hosting a one-day workshop on archival sound collections in museums on 7 December.

Chris Morton, the museum's curator of photograph and manuscript collections, said: "This workshop will bring together specialists from the British Library, the Oxford eResearch Centre, sound artists and curators from a number of museums in the UK to discuss recent case studies and the issues involved in dealing with archival sound collections."

Registration for the workshop is free and open to all, with priority given to UK museum professionals. To register, please contact noel.lobley@prm.ox.ac.uk

A limited number of travel bursaries are available, and further details will be given on registration.