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 firstname.lastname@example.org
At a time when museums are facing significant challenges and a difficult economic climate, the recruitment and retention of volunteers is vitally important for the sustainability of many organisations. ABTEM (Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums) is holding a seminar exploring current developments in volunteering titled: “Volunteers in a Changing Environment” to be held at STEAM: Museum of the GWR, Swindon on Wednesday 30th April. Topics to be covered will include: change management, legal issues, valuing volunteers, recruitment, training, and health & safety.
We look forward to sharing a day of good practice for volunteers working in museums with transport and engineering collections.
Limited travel bursaries will be available for this meeting through Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network Funding – details of how to apply are available at: https://abtemssn.wordpress.com/abtem-travel-bursaries-3/
Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-volunteers-in-a-changing-environment-tickets-7913905705 to book a place at this FREE seminar
For further information please contact: email@example.com
Two Heritage-lottery funded heritage engine traineeships are being advertised at:
Closing date 18 February 2014 with a start date of 1st April.
ABTEM now has a Twitter feed: @abtemuseums – why not follow us and keep up to date with the association and events in the museums and heritage sector.
Coventry Transport Museum are looking to recruit a full-time Collections care Technician to join their team that conserve, prepare for display and transport the collection in support of the Museum’s objectives and ambitions. The job requires conservation of the static and display collections to museum standards and sympathetic maintenance of the running collection.
More details are available at: http://www.transport-museum.com/gettinginvolved/WorkAtTheMuseum.aspx