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:
The Science Museum Group has launched a new online journal that shares research from the four national museums in the group.
Articles within include an account of the significance of James Watt’s workshop (now displayed at the Science Museum, and a study of a 1960’s exhibition at South Kensington featuring the ‘Freedom 7’ Mercury spacecraft.
In his introduction, Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum writes:”At a time when scholarship seems under threat, we are strengthening our commitment to a deeper understanding of our world class collections, conservation challenges and the most successful ways of engaging the wider public with the history of science and the technological and scientific challenges facing modern society”.
The first issue is available to browse at: http://journal.sciencemuseum.org.uk/.