National Holocaust Centre

Seven projects to benefit from latest round of Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Yosola Olorunshola, 13.06.2019
Demonstrating the power of collections to people across society
The latest round of Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund grants has been awarded to seven projects around the UK.

Run by the Museums Association (MA), the funding is awarded to projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people across society.

Now in its 17th round, the EFCF fund has provided 108 grants so far, totalling £8.5m.

Sarah Briggs, the collections development officer at the MA, said: “With the recent publication of our Empowering Collections recommendations these projects all stand out as demonstrating the potential value of our collections to society on a very practical level.

“I’m particularly pleased to see two natural history collections funded this round, showing the importance of the information our collections hold in solving global issues.”

The successful projects awarded in June 2019 are:

Hampshire Cultural Trust: awarded £61,799 over 36 months for “On the Move!”, a project making new connections through Hampshire’s industrial collections to improve knowledge and storage of collections. The project will also provide hands-on volunteering opportunities for men affected by mental health issues.

Leeds Museums and Galleries: awarded £115,799 over 36 months for “Dead Inspiring”, a project to promote women in science by using and developing the organisation’s Designated entomology collections.

Museum of London: awarded £119,995 over 36 months for “Listening to London: using oral histories to attract and involve different audiences in our new museum”. The project will explore the oral history collection to find ways to involve and represent Londoners in the new West Smithfield site.

National Holocaust Centre: awarded £70,117 over 12 months for “Stories of Survival”, a project to create a unique Holocaust survivor testimony resource, inspiring engagement and reflection amongst diverse audiences. The project aims to foster debate around prejudice and hatred while encouraging personal responsibility.

Rotherham Heritage Service: awarded £93,370 over 18 months for “Our World: discover objects, explore stories and make connections”. The project will use the world cultures collection to diversify audiences, improve understanding of different cultures and develop a greater sense of belonging amongst local communities.

Royal Museums Greenwich: awarded £119,999 over 24 months for “Migration, Heritage and Belonging: new collections perspectives”.  The project will explore the migration-related collections of Bristol Culture, Royal Museums Greenwich and Time and Tide Museum, Norfolk to better represent the diversity of migrant experiences.

University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge: awarded £119,963 over 24 months for “Butterflies through Time: using wildlife of the past to guide conservation of the future”. By linking historical collections with contemporary conservations initiatives, the project seeks to engage people with the natural world and environmental change.

The deadline for the next round of funding is 11 September 2019. Find out how to apply for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund here