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‘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

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 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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AIM Launches New ‘Preparing to Prosper’ Publication At Winter Events

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Since 2015, museums across the UK have been using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to make a big difference to their success. The ‘AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ are a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify characteristics that are typical of successful heritage organisations and enable them to prosper and thrive.

At three events this winter in London (6 December), Birmingham (17 January) and Edinburgh (30 January), the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is launching ‘Preparing to Prosper’: a new publication that will show museums how to use the AIM Hallmarks to benefit their organisation.

The new publication includes case studies, new insights and questions to help museum staff, trustees and volunteers think about the way they work.

The new publication distils the best ideas from museums that have used the AIM Hallmarks, so that museums can put them into practice immediately to see positive results quickly and event attendees will be able to get an exclusive hard copy before it is published next year.

Booking is now open for the AIM Preparing to Prosper events for both AIM members and non-members. Tickets cost £25 and full information can be found at AIM Preparing to Prosper.

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Another round of the highly successful ‘Giving To Heritage’ programme has now been announced 

HLF sponsorship of the GTH programme means that workshops are offered at the highly – subsidised rate of £20 per person. There are 12 to 15 places available at each workshop. Booking is available at

In-house workshops are also available for organisations who would like a GTH training subject delivered exclusively for them.

(M) indicates a Masterclass. These workshops are suitable for more experienced fundraisers and delegates as well as those who have already attended the same workshop subject earlier in the GTH programme.

How and When to Apply for Social Investment Funds  –  NEW

27 September 2016, London, Stephens House & Gardens

1 November 2016, Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Centre

2 February 2017, Bristol, SS Great Britain

May 2017, Birmingham

June 2017, London


How To Set Up a Community Shares Project –  NEW

9 December 2016, The Theatres Trust, London

April 2017, Manchester


Structuring Your Heritage Organisation for Fundraising – NEW

 8 December 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

June 2017, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House


Crowdfunding for Heritage Organisations and Utilising Your Networks for Fundraising – NEW

4 October 2016, London, Stephens House & Gardens

7 February 2017, Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Centre


Measuring, Communicating & Sharing the Impact of Heritage Organisations to Funders – NEW

19 October 2016, London, Kelmscott House

18 May 2017, Bath, Museum of Bath at Work


Creating a Case for Support for Your Heritage Organisation                                     

27 June 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

23 February 2017, Newcastle, Live Theatre


Heritage Fundraising Planning: Putting Your Strategy Into Action

15 September 2016, York, National Railway Museum

22 November 2016, Bristol, SS Great Britain (M)

1 February 2017, Birmingham, The Coffin Works (M)

15 March 2017, Telford, Ironbridge Gorge Museums

23 June 2017, London, The Theatres Trust (M)


Understanding Fundraising: The Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees in Heritage Organisations

14 September 2016, Birmingham, The Coffin Works

27 April 2017, Bristol, SS Great Britain


Legacy Fundraising for Heritage Organisations

1 July 2016, Museum of Bath at Work

26 January 2017, Cambridge University (M)

9 May 2017, London, Kelmscott House (M)


Major Donor Fundraising for Heritage Organisations                                                                  

21 June 2016, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

3 November 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

7 December 2016, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (M)

9 March 2017, Oxford Castle (M)


Securing Support for Your Heritage Organisation from Grant-Making Trusts & Foundations

10 November 2016, Coventry Transport Museum

18 January 2017, London, Kelmscott House


Digital & Social Media for Heritage Organisations

6 October 2017, Leeds, Thackray Medical Museum

5 April 2017, Derby Museum


Corporate Partnerships for Heritage Organisations

21 June 2016, London, Kelmscott House

2 December 2016, Woking, The Lightbox (M)

2 March 2017, London, The Theatres Trust (M)

June 2017, Birmingham, The Coffin Works (M)




News from the GTH team – don’t miss out on their workshops!


There are only six months of the Giving to Heritage programme left!

If you’ve not taken advantage of our workshops yet there is not much time left in which to do so. If you have attended, then why not join us again and expand your knowledge, exploring new areas and themes. Coming up are workshops on:

  • Digital and Social Media for Heritage Organisations
  • Developing Corporate Partnerships
  • Audience profiling and marketing
  • Legacy Marketing
  • Events and Community fundraising

All these plus workshops on other heritage fundraising fundamentals such as the importance of building a Case for Support, Major Donor Fundraising as well as securing funds from Trusts and Foundations.


1 to 1 Support in Liverpool – October 20th

The Giving to Heritage Team are delighted to be attending the ‘Reconnections – Industrial Maritime & Transport Heritage’ conference in Liverpool on Tuesday 20th October.

We are already taking bookings for 30 minute 1-to-1 support sessions with expert fundraising consultant Julia Worthington. To take advantage of these please email to book your place! Booking will be taken on a first come first served basis! Click here for more information.

If you cant join us, log on!

Our programme of webinars is in full swing. Thank you to all that have participated so far and if you’ve missed one already you can watch on-demand on our website.

For our next webinar we are joined by IoF expert Valentine Morby and Development Consultant Melanie Stoutzker who will be giving an insight and case study on the important of effective leadership when planning fundraising campaigns.

This will be broadcast on Thursday October 8th at 1pm…

As always, if you have any questions about the programme please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Or let us know what you think of the project so far @givingtoheritag

Best wishes,

Ed Stannard and the Giving to Heritage Team

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The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now open for applications

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The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has just reopened for applications.

The fund was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. All fields of science and industry are eligible, including natural history, medicine, engineering and geology.

The maximum grant amount for projects is £20,000, with a match funding requirement of at least 10%. PRISM is open to museums, archives and charitable groups in England and Wales and supports a huge range of objects, including medical instruments, boats, steam engines, archives, trams, agricultural equipment and more.

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More funds available through AIM Sustainability Grants

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AIM is pleased to announce the re-launch of the AIM Sustainability Grants, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The new programme has revised grant criteria and a larger amount of funding to be distributed to small and medium sized museums. The key changes are detailed below.

The Sustainability Grants were first launched in 2006. Since then over 240 museums have benefited from grants of over £600,000 to help them improve their organisational sustainability. An independent evaluation of the programme earlier this year, found that in many areas there were no similar funding schemes available to museums and that there were over 300 eligible AIM members who had yet to benefit from a grant, indicating considerable, ongoing need for support. As a result the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation not only agreed to renew the scheme for a further three years, but also increased the amount available for grants from £60,000 p.a. to £75,000 p.a.

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More fundraising workshops in England and Scotland

More details of the excellent Giving to Heritage workshops.

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More dates for HLF Catalyst fundraising training have been announced in England and Scotland and dates will be announced soon in Wales.


Giving to Heritage has announced more dates for workshops on fundraising around England. All workshops cost £20 and are developed and delivered by the Institute of Fundraising and Heritage Alliance.

Making the heritage case to donors

  • Burgh House London, 9 Sept.
  • Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 11 Sept.
  • Newarkes House Museums, Leicester, 15 Sept.
  • Museum of Bath at Work, 16 Sept.
  • Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, 24 Sept.
  • Hartleborough Castle, Kidderminster, 1 Oct.
  • Peterborough Cathedral, 16 Oct.

Community Fundraising

  •  Curious Minds, Burnley, 25 Sept.

Developing a heritage Fundraising Plan (repeat of the June/July workshops).

  • Action Stations Royal Naval Base, Portsmouth, 18 Sept
  • Hughenden Manor, Berks, 23 Sept.
  • Corn Exchange, Blandford, Dorset, 8 Oct.

Others will be added next week for the second half of October and November.

More information can be found at 


In Scotland there is a similar programme – Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage – run…

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The PRISM fund (for PReservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) administered by Arts Council England has issued its annual report for 2012-2013. The fund awarded 22 grants worth £191,115 supporting the acquisition and conservation of some unique and important items of scientific, technological or industrial heritage.

in 2012/2013 73% of the awards were for conservation and some of the important projects supported included the  restoration of a First World War Hunslet steam locomotive,  a Black Country canal boat, two waterwheels and a stuffed Adelie penguin collected during Scott’s 1911 expedition to Antarctica.

Grants for acquisitions included one for the purchase of a Series 1 Land Rover for the Museum of English Rural Life and another towards the purchase of a rare globe of Mars by the Whipple Museum.

The report can be downloaded from the Arts Council web site at:

Click to access PRISM_fund_annual_report_2012_13.pdf


The  PRISM Fund 2014-15 is now open for applications.The fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine,  was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. 

Recent recipients of the fund include

–           The UCL Pathology Collection, who received a grant of almost £18K for the conservation of the Whittington Hospital Teaching Collection. The specimens that make up the Collection were gathered during post-mortem examinations, and are irreplaceable. Using PRISM funding, this important and previously undocumented collection of pathology samples, were conserved and re-housed, enabling the creation of physical and virtual teaching resources of macroscopic pathology specimens and matching slides.

–           CHAMP (Community Heritage Arts & Media Project) used a grant of £5,400 for the acquisition of a 1914 Elswick Hopper Motorcycle to be housed at Baysgarth House Museum. From the 1880’s until the late twentieth century Elswick Hopper of Barton upon Humber produced some of the most sought after cycles and motorcycles for distribution all over the world. This motorcycle represents the growth of a town through the local industry. It is rare to find an Elswick motorcycle which has survived in such excellent condition without major restoration work.

The PRISM Fund can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90% of the total project costs. More details can be found here.

For more information, please get in touch, or contact the Designation and Prism team