Applications open for 3rd round of AIM Biffa Award – The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme

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AIM is pleased to announce the opening of the Year 3 Applications of the AIM Biffa Award ‘National Heritage Landmarks Partnerships’ with awards of up to £120,000 available to support nationally significant industrial heritage projects.

AIM has entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award which is providing a £1.5m investment into independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK.

The first two rounds in 2012 and 2013 saw awards of up to £120,000 each made to the following projects:

  • Birmingham Conservation Trust – The Newnam Brothers Coffin Works
  • National Mining Museum Scotland 
  • Brooklands Museum – The Barnes Wallis, Stratospheric testing Chamber
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust – The Bedlam Furnace
  • Kew Bridge Engines Trust and Water Supply Museum – Project Aquarius The Babcock Room
  • Underfall Yard Trust – Revealing the Story of Hydraulic Power
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust – Chatham Dockyard World Heritage Discovery Centre
  • The Arkwright…

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A reminder from the Museums Association  about their Conference & Exhibition 2014 being held on 9-10 October in Cardiff.

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme this year is Museums Change Lives. This year we also have a resilience room which will feature content that helps museums become more sustainable, looking at partnerships, funding and the workforce. Keynote speakers include John Griffiths AM, welsh government minister for culture and sport, Antônio Vieira, director of the Museu da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a keynote performance Mat Fraser’s Cabinet of Curiosities: how disability was kept in a box.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at the Senedd and to see the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Book your place before 31 July to receive significant discount:


Industrial Heritage training day – focusing on Health & Safety

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Thursday 3rd July
10:00 – 15:30

The Museums Development North West and the English Heritage-funded Industrial Heritage Support Officer are facilitating three events in 2014 to support industrial heritage museums and sites in the North West. Following on from the first day at Quarry Bank Mill, this second event in the series will focus on health and safety at industrial heritage sites. The day will introduce introductory training and information on health and safety issues on industrial heritage sites. The day also includes a site tour, the opportunity to network and discuss common issues, and to find out more about “Stepping Up”, the report into the review of textile machinery in the North West.

Booking details are available at: