Paradise Mill, The Silk Heritage Trust (Macclesfield Museums)

MA announces successful collections fund applicants

Patrick Steel, 20.06.2017
Six projects win funding in latest round of Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
The Museums Association (MA) has announced six successful applicants to the latest round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, designed to fund collections development projects for social impact.

Doncaster Museum was awarded £78,850 for a project to build skills and raise aspirations in ex-mining communities using the museum’s mining collections to inspire intergenerational collaboration and encourage community cohesion.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle was awarded £99,863, for a project to illuminate history, national identity and the modern world through the Jarrow-Wearmouth collection and the life and works of Bede, the father of English History.

Museum of East Anglian Life was awarded £119,103 to research and identify items in its collection that tell the story of the spread of news and ideas. The funding will also allow the museum to take the objects out to rural communities to share this knowledge, strengthen communities, reduce social isolation and build intergenerational relationships.

Pitt Rivers Museum was awarded £119,912 for a project working with forced migrants to create community curators and guides to enhance the understanding and use of Oxford University Museums' collections.

The Silk Heritage Trust, Macclesfield Museum, was awarded £71,100 to research, document and redisplay the museums' Jacquard and block printing collection and providing STEM learning opportunities for young people, including digital coding and design.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Development Trust was awarded £117,732 for a project to engage diverse groups of girls and women to create a women's collection and festival which explores issues of gender inequality, with health and social care partners.

The MA is holding a networking day on 4 July at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art for anyone interested in finding out a bit more about the fund, with an opportunity to meet those who have successfully applied for funding.

The deadline for the next round of funding is 6 September.

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Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund