The Royal Armouries

£400,000 awarded to six projects in latest round of EFCF

Geraldine Kendall, 27.11.2013
Collections fund will increase to £1m next year
Six organisations have been awarded almost £400,000 for projects to develop their collections in the sixth round of grants from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF).

The fund is administrated by the Museums Association and supports time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

The successful applicants in the latest round are Gainsborough’s House (£58,000); the National Army Museum (£71,292); Southend Museums Service (£50,000); Chetham’s Library (£45,000); the Royal Armouries (£72,400); and the Polar Museum (£99,386).

Gainsborough’s House will use its grant to research old painting practices, while the National Army Museum is to work with community partners to research and digitise its Indian Army collection as part of the world war one commemorations next year.

The Royal Armouries is also working on a world war one project which will look at the conflict on a micro level, researching the stories of the people who made and used its WWI armaments.

Southend Museums Service is planning a project to research and interpret finds relating to the shipwreck HMS London, which is due to be excavated in 2014-15, while the Polar Museum is to research and digitise part of its collection to coincide with the centenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition next year.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation recently announced that it would increase the amount available through the fund to £1m per year until 2016.

This will be available to museums, galleries and heritage organisations over two rounds of funding. The deadline for stage one applications in the next round is 4 April 2014.

The MA's museum development officer Charlotte Holmes said: "I'm really pleased at the quality and scale of ambition that applicants have shown in this latest round.

"We are delighted that the fund will increase to £1m next year and look forward to receiving applications from a diverse range of museums and collections. I'm there are still many museums out there with creative ideas for their collections." 

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