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Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines – Draft now available for consultation

Consultation on Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines

ABTEM is please to announce that the draft of a new publication ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ is now available for comment. The document has been prepared on behalf of the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC). The guidelines cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new Guidelines will be available in January 2018 and will be widely publicised and promoted, including through a programme of seminars in February and March.

The Guidelines will replace Standards, first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission, that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994.

The project is supported by a £47,645 grant from the Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience funding stream.

Contact Efstathios Tsolis of IRHC (email tsolis@efstathios.co.uk) for a copy of the consultation document .

The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.

 

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PROJECT CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITY

Following the completion of a Scoping project in 2015/6 and the award of further funding by Arts Council England, ABTEM now requires an experienced heritage Consultant(s) to develop guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working heritage items, including: stationary engines; industrial machinery; steam & motor road vehicles; aircraft; railway vehicles; ships; boats. A new document based on the now out-of-print and out-of date publications: ‘Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects’ (1994); MGC ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to their preservation and care’ (1997); and ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care’ (2009).

This project is supported by a grant from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. The maximum budget for this project is £25,000.The project will be completed by March 2018.

For a copy of the ITQ (Invitation to Quote), please contact Steph Gillett (Project Administrator) by email steph.abtem@gmail.com.

Deadline for receipt of quotations: 13 January 2017

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ABTEM AWARDED £47,645 in second round of Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that 94 museums and organisations will receive a total of £12,271,676 in the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund.  The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

We are really please to announce that the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has been awarded £47,645 and will use this investment to help support the preservation of historical collection across the country which tell the story of Britain’s important industrial and transport heritage. The grant will fund the production of a  new toolkit that will provide guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects. It will available as a free download with a hard copy option available via a print on demand service.  The toolkit will be an updated version of the MGC Standards in the Museum Care and Operation of Larger & Working Objects. Arts Council England funded a feasibility study undertaken by ABTEM in 2015 and this additional grant will enable the project to be completed by 2018.

The project will begin in October and more details will be available in due course.

Speaking about the fund, John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. The fund responds directly to the challenges facing museums like those in Lancashire and Kirklees, and also supports major strategic initiatives such as the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.”

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We have a world-leading museums sector that protects and preserves our history, while also attracting millions of visitors every year.

“We want our museums to continue to thrive and this important fund will help them become more resilient and sustainable in the years to come.”

The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major Partner Museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector.

In the last two rounds the Arts Council has awarded museums £30 million through the Museum Resilience Fund. A full list of successful applicants and further details can be found here.

 

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The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now open for applications

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

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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ABTEM TO UNDERTAKE SCOPING WORK TO UPDATE MGC STANDARDS

Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) Subject Specialist Network (SSN) funding, ABTEM has recently commissioned museum consultant Rob Shorland-Ball to carry out a Scoping Study on the feasibility of developing and updating the MGC 1994 Standard 4: Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects.

Many people will know, or have used these standards, which provided advice and information on the management and conservation of industrial, transport and engineering collections and despite being long out of print, they remain an important source of information. The original 1994 document was augmented by the 1997 ‘Larger & Working Objects: A Guide to their preservation and care’ also published by MGC also now not available in print. The Collections Trust published Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care in 2009 but that, too, is now out-of-date and neither it, nor MGC Standard 4, was very user-friendly for private collectors, preservers and operators of larger objects.

ABTEM is keen to obtain the views of as many people as possible and so are organising two open discussion meetings to gain further feedback. These are being held on:

  • Tuesday 19 May, Museum of Liverpool – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00
  • Wednesday 27 May, London Museum of Water & Steam – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00

All are welcome at these free events – if you would like to attend, please contact Rob Shorland-Ball for further details at:  robsb@wfmyork.demon.co.uk or by telephone on (01904) 632751

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Tools of the Trade Films

With funding from Arts Council England, the Social History Curators Group have produced a series of films to help you identify tools in your collection. The experts in these films pick out some of the most commonly found tools, explain what they are and give a practical demonstration of how they were used. They can be viewed here http://shcg.org.uk/films

DATE OF NEW ABTEM SEMINAR ON REVIEWING SIGNIFICANCE ANNOUNCED

ABTEM’s autumn seminar ‘REVIEWING SIGNIFICANCE – AN INTRODUCTION’ will be held at the Brunel Museum in London on Wednesday 22nd October.

A very topical issue for industrial and transport museums, assessing the significance of our collections is increasingly being recognized as a key part of strategic collections management, and an essential  prioritising resources. Significance statements are also vital for applications for grant funding and for ensuring stakeholder support.

The seminar will discuss some of the tools available to help transport and engineering museums assess the significance of their collections, their current and potential use, and their care and preservation conditions and will also include relevant case studies.

To book a place at this FREE event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reviewing-significance-an-introduction-tickets-13068110069?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NjY2ODc5My90YnJ5YW45QGhlcml0YWdlLW1vdG9yLWNlbnRyZS5jby51ay8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal001&utm_term=eventpage

This seminar is made possible by Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network funding.

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