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Successful funding bid for digital collections project

Successful funding bid for digital collections project

9 August 2012

The museum was delighted to learn recently that we have been successful in applying for a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF).  The EFCF awarded a total of £389,447 to six museums to enable them to develop their collections.

We were awarded £47,033 in collaboration with the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) in Salford.  Our partnership project, Uncovering Ideas Worth Fighting For, will digitally link collections across the museum, the Labour History Archive and WCML.  It is hoped that the project will engage visitors with both organisations and provide a deeper understanding of the subject matter by providing access to ‘hidden collections’, making links between the organisations’ collections and signposting people to further information. 

More details and information will be available online as the project progresses. 

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.  Museums had to complete a two-stage application process.  The six successful museums were shortlisted from a list of 15, which in turn was drawn from 74 initial applications.

Sally Colvin, the MA’s collections coordinator, said: “The applications were of a very high standard, so some tough decision had to be made, particularly at the shortlist stage.

“All the successful projects will work on important collections and have something innovative or exemplary about them – from the collaborative nature of the projects in Scotland and Wales to the way in which Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service will work with staff and volunteers to solve access problems to large object collections.”

More information about the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

More information about the other grants awarded.