The Costume Society: Elizabeth Hammond Award 2016

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Elizabeth Hammond ARCA (1926-2011) was a Founder Member of the Costume Society and a former Trustee of The Costume Society. She was an embroiderer, textile artist, teacher and collector of textiles. Significant pieces in her collection were conserved and loaned to Museums for public display.

The Costume Society has set up an award in her name following a generous bequest from her estate. The award is intended to promote the conservation and display of clothing and textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held within the permanent collections of museums within the United Kingdom, which have annual gross revenues of less than £750,000.


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This award is available to finance a wide range of textile conservation projects, from primary assessment to full conservation.  Awards can be made for any amount up to £10,000 in 2016 to one or more successful applicants. From 2017 onwards the…

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ABTEM member the Underfall Yard visitor centre, at the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, is due to open this Easter marking a key milestone in an ambitious £4 million project. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported initiative is also securing the future of the historic industrial buildings and boatyard, with sensitive repairs and solar panelling.

Housed in the Grade 2* listed Power House, the visitor centre retells the story of Victorian engineering, which still protects the city from flooding today. It shines a light on the famous engineers linked with Underfall Yard – William Jessop and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – as well as the largely-forgotten John Ward Girdlestone who built the slipway and most of the beautifully-designed buildings.

Funding for the Underfall Yard Trust has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, through the Association of Independent Museums as part of the National Heritage Landmarks Scheme, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many other generous organisations and individuals, with support from Bristol City Council.

More information about this amazing project is available at: or follow @theunderfall on Twitter.


Working Collections Officer Vacancy – Abbey Pumping Station Leicester

Leicester City Council Arts and Museums are currently looking to recruit a “Working Collections Technical Officer” to work at the Abbey Pumping Station.

Details of the job can be found at:

The closing date is the end of the month.

Cause for Celebration: Two AIM Members Launch Biffa Award Funded Projects

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It was a double celebration yesterday, as two AIM members – Cromford Mills in Derbyshire and Underfall Boatyard in Bristol – both launched AIM Biffa Award funded projects. This funding started back in 2011 when AIM entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award via their National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme and has provided £1.5m investment for independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK. The investment has helped to transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources, enabling the public to better understand the powerful tide of change brought about by our collective industrial past through the creation of a network of strategic projects that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

At Cromford Mills in Derbyshire, the AIM Biffa Award, along with other major funding, has helped to provide public access to and the interpretation of Sir Richard Arkwright’s First Mill; this…

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