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:
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: www.museumsassociation.org/conference
Congratulations to Motoring SSN member the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford – the new £35 million redevelopment which includes a brand new entrance, cafe and exhibition spaces was unveiled at a special event on Wednesday 16th April.
More details about the museum can be found at: http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/