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The Future of Ideas Worth Fighting For…

30 April 2014

People's History Museum © Kippa Matthews

The People’s History Museum is very pleased to have been awarded a Transition Fund grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help shape the organisation for 2020 and beyond.

Transition funding is available to organisations in the UK who want to achieve significant strategic change – through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income – in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term.

Katy Archer, Director of the People’s History Museum, said:

‘Receiving this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is going to make a significant impact on the museum’s ability to face our future financial and funding challenges.

In April 2015 the People’s History Museum faces a significant financial challenge, losing 15% of our income through a complete cut of central government funding which will require significant changes to our business model.  At the same time we are making a step change in our position and profile as the home of ‘ideas worth fighting for’.

Making the museum more relevant to contemporary ideas and current affairs in creative and powerful ways is fundamental to the future success, sustainability and resilience of the museum.  It will underpin our future business model; engaging new audiences, generating more income from individual giving, building innovative partnerships, securing sponsorship, making applications to trusts and foundations and more.

We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their ongoing support of the museum since acting as our major funder for our capital redevelopment project which was completed in 2010.’

With transition funding the People’s History Museum will be able to continue along its journey and achieve its goals for the future more quickly and effectively at this crucial time of opportunity for the organisation through:

  • External support from a project mentor/consultant
  • Development of the museum team to improve skills and confidence
  • Delivery of targeted income generation activities

 The project will result, amongst other things, in:

  • A new business plan for the museum for 2015-2020 which will provide the strategic direction for the museum
  • All infrastructure in place for an established range of ways for individuals to give to the museum
  • Improved sales and marketing for the museum’s commercial income generators (including venue hire, corporate events, shop and cafe)
  • A base for PHM in London from which to continue exploring national partnerships, funding and support
  • A museum team who are up-skilled, more confident and more inspired to face ongoing challenges in creative and entrepreneurial ways
  • Ongoing opportunities for Business Development volunteers and students from local universities to get involved with the museum

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy.  From museums, parks and historic palaces to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, HLF invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £59 billion across the UK.

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