‘History Makers’ grants of £90k available

ABTEM members are encouraged to have a look at the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant programme.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £90,000 to create an exhibition telling the story of their chosen History Maker – someone who helped shape the world we live in today.

All the details can be found on the AIM website at https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/for-aim-members/grants/aim-biffa-award-history-makers-programme/

We’ve already funded some great projects celebrating history makers from the worlds of education, engineering, sport, health and science, but we want more.

We are looking for projects that use the life and achievements of extraordinary historical figures to inspire and educate people today.

Your History Maker may not be a well-known public figure, but their life and/or work will have helped shape the world we live in today. People are making history all the time, so we are happy to consider history makers from any period, including more recent history.

We want the programme to be as representative of the population as possible, so are particularly keen to hear from projects based on women who made history and history makers from diverse backgrounds.

The programme is open for Expressions of Interest now until the end of September, with the final application deadline at the end of October.

Please feel free to contact Tim Burge, History Makers Project Manager at historymakers@timburge.org if you’d like to discuss a possible application and please pass this message on to any others who might be interested.

 

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News from the Collections Trust

Can you help Collections Trust with their terminology resource?

Using consistent terms is crucial for retrieving information about your collection quickly and accurately. To help you do this, Collections Trust have drawn up a list of the published term sources they know about, mapped to relevant Spectrum units of information.

However, this is still a working document. The Collections Trust needs your help to fill in the gaps, by identifying any published term sources they have missed, or by sharing any additional in-house terms you use with them. You can find the draft list and the feedback form here:

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Collections Trust Award 2018 open for entries

Collections Trust are inviting museums to tell them about the difference Spectrum 5.0 has made to collections management in their museum, by describing a recent collections management activity or project.

   The winning museum will receive £1,000 to spend on an agreed collections management activity, along with a free place at our 2018 conference to receive the award in person. To enter, simply use their online form, and submit your answers before noon on Monday 30 July 2018.

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THEFT FROM TOTNES MUSEUM

A distraction robbery, at Totnes Museum in Devon on 23rd June, has led to the loss of an unique piece of local engineering history.

“The Experiment”, a model compound engine was built by engineer, John Lewis Larrad, and has been a feature of the museum’s collection for many years.

John Larrad was best known for his invention of the “Larrad” retaining nut – a steel lock nut first patented in 1912. A note that he wrote on a piece of his advertising reads –

“Choose a Bolt as you would a friend,
For on a Bolt men’s lives depend.”

This very heavy, and unique, piece of model engineering will almost certainly appear on the market and it is hoped that it will be recognised and returned to the town where it was made.

Larrad's Experiment engine.

Anyone with information is asked to directly contact the Museum at Totnes.

UK to host World Forum for Motor Museums event

The programme has been announced for the 2018 World Forum for Motor Museums which is being held at the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum between 3rd and 7th September.

More than 25 speakers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and the UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise in a programme packed with content covering everything from income generation to vehicle conservation and much else. The four themes of resilience and sustainability, collections, engaging audiences and motor museums for the 21st century are illustrated with presentations and debate.

Full details of the programme are now available at wfmm2018.org including information about conference hotels and how to book a place.

The deadline for the ‘Early Bird’ rate for delegate fees  has been extended by one week to 6th July – details on the wfmm2018.org web site.

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Vacancy: Interim Editor – AIM Bulletin

Following the retirement of AIM’s long standing Bulletin Editor, Diana Zeuner, the Association is looking for an Editor to work with on an interim basis.

AIM are looking for a talented and creative Editor, preferably with knowledge of the museum and heritage sector, to work on a freelance basis to produce 5 issues, comprising the December 2018- August 2019 issues.

This would involve a start in early/mid September 2018 to begin work on the December 2018 issue

The Interim Editor will work closely with the AIM Staff team and Council members, in particular the Director, Emma Chaplin, and the Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager, Sassy Hicks, to maintain and develop consistent and complementary communications across digital and print.

For more information, please visit: https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/aim-vacancy-aim-bulletin-interim-editor/

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Revolution: Protecting and Understanding Industrial Archaeology

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APPG_IH_ReportMay18Industrial archaeology remains the gawky and introverted teenager of the archaeological world – at least in the UK. In Britain it often feels like industrial archaeology (and its sibling Post-medieval Archaeology) is in equal measure misunderstood, ignored or looked-down upon by the academic world. It’s been left to voluntary societies, the profession, local authorities and some of the statutory heritage bodies (supported by a handful of pioneering academics) to explore, save, and understand Britain’s globally important industrial archaeology.

The popular image is dominated by evocative and massive sites, from bottle kilns and coal mines to railway stations and textile mills. But that is to overlook the archaeology of consumption and mass production, from ceramics to fabrics, and to turn a blind eye to Britain’s controversial role in the slave trade, the development of empire, and globalisation, which are all bound up in the industrialisation process. There’s no doubting, though, that…

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Research Project: Does Accreditation Matter?

Sarah Chard-Cooper is working on a MA dissertation looking at the impact of the loss of the accreditation standard award for museums.  With cuts from central government, funding for councils in general and museums in particular is decreasing and new ways of finding the money to deliver their work are having to be found.  Several councils and university governing bodies in the last decade have looked at their heritage collections to help fill the holes in their budgets.

At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation.  However there has been no study to see what impact this loss has on a museum.  Sarah’s dissertation will look at the history of accreditation and, through questionnaires, will gauge the opinion of museum professionals on the scheme as a whole and on what difference it makes to them whether a museum has lost their accreditation or not.

Sarah has produced a short survey, accessible at: https://surveyhero.com/c/96680442/2b016ccb6a7bd253 and would be grateful for feedback.

Further information is available at: shcc1=student.le.ac.uk@surveyheromail.com