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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.




News from the GTH team – don’t miss out on their workshops!


There are only six months of the Giving to Heritage programme left!

If you’ve not taken advantage of our workshops yet there is not much time left in which to do so. If you have attended, then why not join us again and expand your knowledge, exploring new areas and themes. Coming up are workshops on:

  • Digital and Social Media for Heritage Organisations
  • Developing Corporate Partnerships
  • Audience profiling and marketing
  • Legacy Marketing
  • Events and Community fundraising

All these plus workshops on other heritage fundraising fundamentals such as the importance of building a Case for Support, Major Donor Fundraising as well as securing funds from Trusts and Foundations.


1 to 1 Support in Liverpool – October 20th

The Giving to Heritage Team are delighted to be attending the ‘Reconnections – Industrial Maritime & Transport Heritage’ conference in Liverpool on Tuesday 20th October.

We are already taking bookings for 30 minute 1-to-1 support sessions with expert fundraising consultant Julia Worthington. To take advantage of these please email heritage@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk to book your place! Booking will be taken on a first come first served basis! Click here for more information.

If you cant join us, log on!

Our programme of webinars is in full swing. Thank you to all that have participated so far and if you’ve missed one already you can watch on-demand on our website.

For our next webinar we are joined by IoF expert Valentine Morby and Development Consultant Melanie Stoutzker who will be giving an insight and case study on the important of effective leadership when planning fundraising campaigns.

This will be broadcast on Thursday October 8th at 1pm…

As always, if you have any questions about the programme please do not hesitate to contact us at: heritage@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

Or let us know what you think of the project so far @givingtoheritag

Best wishes,

Ed Stannard and the Giving to Heritage Team

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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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More funds available through AIM Sustainability Grants

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

AIM is pleased to announce the re-launch of the AIM Sustainability Grants, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The new programme has revised grant criteria and a larger amount of funding to be distributed to small and medium sized museums. The key changes are detailed below.

The Sustainability Grants were first launched in 2006. Since then over 240 museums have benefited from grants of over £600,000 to help them improve their organisational sustainability. An independent evaluation of the programme earlier this year, found that in many areas there were no similar funding schemes available to museums and that there were over 300 eligible AIM members who had yet to benefit from a grant, indicating considerable, ongoing need for support. As a result the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation not only agreed to renew the scheme for a further three years, but also increased the amount available for grants from £60,000 p.a. to £75,000 p.a.

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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 http://www.givingtoheritage.org.uk 


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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:

Click to access PRISM_fund_annual_report_2012_13.pdf


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 onprism@artscouncil.org.uk