Category Archives: Heritage Lottery Fund

Project Manager Opportunity at Crofton

News of  an opportunity at Crofton Beam Engines:

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, the owners of Crofton Beam Engines, have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of capital works to secure the future integrity of the site and a programme of interpretation and activities to improve its attraction. The estimated total project costs are over £800,000. The Project Manager will be responsible for commissioning and managing surveys, design work, budget and programmes, co-ordinating and assisting with the preparation of the main HLF application. The part-time post will commence in September this year for a period of around 10 months. You will have experience in heritage building projects, organizational and communication skills, involving HLF funding.

For full details please contact Jean Cook at Applications must be received by 4:00pm on Friday 26 August with your daily fee schedule, CV and supporting letter. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, Couch Lane, Devizes, Wilts. SN10 1EB Tel: 01380 721279 Charity number 209206


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.



‘Reviving Places by Reusing Industrial Heritage’ is the title of a major two-day conference being held at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry on 1-2 December.

An event run as part of the European Industrial and Technical Heritage (EITH) Year it is co-sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

Speakers include:

Sir Howard Bernstein – Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

The chief executives of HLF, Historic England and Prince’s Regeneration Trust

Rohan Silva – Former special adviser to David Cameron and architect of the Tech City initiat

Jonathan Robinson – Journalist at The Guardian and former global director of Impact Hub

Tom Walker – Director of Cities & Local Growth Unit, DCLG

Michael Schwarze-Rodrian – Director of Networks, Ruhr region, Germany

Tom Bloxham, MBE – Chairman and Co-Founder Urban Splash developers

Rowan Moore – Architecture Critic, The Observer

The conference will appeal to anyone interested in heritage, regeneration, placemaking, cities, new uses for old buildings, sustainability and industrial history – more details available at:

ABTEM joins major conference on sustainability in the Industrial Maritime & Transport heritage sector

 Reconnections – Sustainability and our Industrial, Maritime and Transport Heritage

 Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool

 Tuesday 20th October 2015    10am – 4.30pm

 This year for our Autumn meeting we have been invited to join a major Conference in Liverpool organized by the Maritime Heritage Trust as this vitally important theme is of common interest.

 Keynote speakers on 20 October will include Sir Neil Cossons, Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul Lewin, General Manager of the Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railways as well as speakers from National Historic Ships, the Transport Trust, the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums and the National Railway Museum. The day will include a series of workshops with experts on applying for grants, successful project operation, fund-raising and attracting new generations of supporters and volunteers. Building effective local partnerships will be an underlying theme. Further details are at

The Conference is FREE to attend thanks to sponsorship from: the Cities of Liverpool, Cardiff and Belfast, the Transport Trust, National Historic Ships, the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums, The Maritime Heritage Trust and locally the Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool.  The Titanic hotel, the Conference venue, is one of the most remarkable historic building conversions in the region in recent years.

Places have been reserved until the 25th September so please reply as soon as you can if you or another member of your organisation is free to accept – places are limited to 2 for each organisation.  After this places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

To make a booking please go to

Job Vacancy at the Underfall Yard Trust Bristol

News from new ABTEM Member the Underfall Yard Trust who are looking to appoint a Boatyard Manager:

The Underfall Yard Trust wishes to appoint a part-time (4 days pw, Monday to Thursday) Boatyard Manager to run an important historic boatyard on Bristol’s harbourside.

With a busy slipway, nearly twenty units rented by maritime and traditional-skills based businesses, and a visitor centre and café opening in March 2016, these are exciting times for the Underfall Yard. Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of nearly £3 million, we will be sharing the past and present with 100,000 visitors a year – but equally important is the Yard’s future as a growing boatyard with superb services for the maritime community.

We need an energetic, enthusiastic Boatyard Manager who will respond to the challenges of this important site, working with tenants, colleagues, volunteers and visitors to ensure that this award-winning boatyard business continues to develop.

For more details and a job description see;  or contact Nicola Dyer, Project Director on 0117 929 3250 or email Interviews will take place in Bristol on Tuesday 1st September 2015 Closing date 14th August 2015



Delegates attending ABTEM’s late spring seminar at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday 28th were provided with a fascinating and inspiring day. Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a good insight into the process of researching and writing activity plans and weaving in community involvement to our projects. Claire Weston (National Motor Museum Trust) highlighted the work being done on the museum’s ‘Caravans and Charabancs’ First World War community project ( and Sharon Brown outlined two community projects undertaken at the museum of Liverpool, the restoration of Liverpool Tramcar No.245 and the development exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks with the Retired Carters Association. Copies of presentations should be available in the next few months.



We are looking forward to our visit to the Museum of Liverpool tomorrow (26th June) for our seminar ‘Working with New Audiences in Industrial & Transport Museums’ and meeting delegates for what looks like being an interesting day!


(Image Liverpool Museums)


Speakers for ABTEM’S late spring seminar, being held on Friday 26th June at the Museum of Liverpool are now confirmed. The day, titled ‘Working with New Audiences in Industrial & Transport Museums’ will also provide delegates with the chance to see the award-winning displays at the museum.

  • Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund, who will lead a session on activity planning and community consultation. Some ABTEM members have reported challenges in the process of activity planning and what is required. In this interactive session Jo Reilly, the lead on activity planning at HLF will talk through the HLF guidance, share others’ experience and good practice, and answer any questions.
  • Claire Weston from the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu, who will speak about Caravans and Charabancs – Leisure Motoring after the First World War, commemorative project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and how she engaged a variety of community partners and worked with them to devise outreach activities around the project theme.
  • Sharon Brown from the Museum of Liverpool will outline the work the museum has done with a two partner groups – the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society and the Retired Carters Association, and how the museum has undertaken restoration and developed exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks.

There is still time to book for this FREE seminar (lunch included) – please visit:



ABTEM’s latest seminar to be held at the Museum of Liverpool on 26th June will concentrate on developing and working with new, existing and hard to reach audiences and will include a session from Jo Reilly, Head of  Participation & Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund who will give practical guidance on developing activity plans and public consultation.

The day will also include some case studies from museums including the National Motor Museum that have developed community and lifelong learning projects that will hopefully provide inspiration and ideas for museums and collections of all sizes. There will also be the opportunity to spend time looking at the award-winning displays at the Museum of Liverpool.

This seminar supported by funding from Arts Council England is FREE and places can be booked at:

More fundraising workshops in England and Scotland

More details of the excellent Giving to Heritage workshops.

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

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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