Funding Now - Current Trends for Museum Funding with the Heritage Lottery Fund


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Speaker: Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries and Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund - This session will take a look at the current trends in successful awards to museum projects from the Heritage Lottery Fund and pass on lessons learnt to potential grantees. In addition it will take a look at possible future directions for funding under HLF’s next strategic plan.

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  • Largest amounts go to capital projects Don’t forget acquisitions – not just fine art
  • Ulster Museum, - Winner of Art Fund Prize 2010 New awards under SP3 that have had second round passes Southampton Sea City £5 million , Whitworth Art Gallery £8 million, Kettles Yard £2.3m Major Batch £5 million plus – competition of roughly 4 to 1 in terms of success
  • Water on Tap £22,000 Waterworks Museum, Hereford Volunteer run History of drinking water in Herefordshire through a DVD and high-quality displays. Ecological and conservation aspects of water supply will be covered.
  • Ryedale Folk Museum £999,900 Construction of a gallery with library, archive and store, and learning space Use the project to deliver a vast programme of educational activities to our developing audiences based on the collection, attract new audiences and give excluded groups the opportunity to earn qualifications and be involved in a truly community-based scheme..
  • Ryedale Folk Museum Construction of a gallery with library, archive and store, and learning space Based around the Harrison Collection – collection of material spanning five centuries collected by local family £999,900 Use the project to deliver a vast programme of educational activities to our developing audiences based on the collection, attract new audiences and give excluded groups the opportunity to earn qualifications and be involved in a truly community-based scheme..
  • Fry Art Gallery - - Ravilious's Attic Bedroom Provide a working space for visiting groups and an area where casual visitors may sit and consult a selection of reference books relating to the Collection. Digitisation of the major part of the collection will afford digital access to framed works (900) and book illustrations (potentially 3,000-4,000) in the reserve collection, made accessible to visitors via touch-screen consoles. Also acquisitions – have helped the gallery acquire a number of Bawden and Ravilious over a number of years
  • £985,000 grant New build, refurbishment and refit to provide new displays on the ground and first floor. Interactives such as touchy/feely items including a magnetic evacuee game and a ‘play shop’ area. A touch-screen kiosk where visitors can access our amazing collection of photographs of the town and other local areas New extension, called ‘The Andrews Room’ which is a multi purpose room for activities, talks, school visits and groups and is availble to hire. Shortlisted for Art Fund prize 2011
  • Littlehampton’s Lobsters, Littlehampton Museum £26,800 Significance of maritime heritage and, through exploring the work of internationally renowned artist Lazlo Maholy-Nagy whose influential film "the lobsters’ chronicled the lives of Littlehampton fishermen in the 1930's Participation by local people to examine and explore their archival material from the period, through their involvement in workshops in archival techniques at the Museum and with photo trails culminating in the creation of an original archive, a major exhibition and a permanent display and publication.
  • Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery Spaces2Learn £43,400 Builds on experience gained through development of the family friendly archaeology gallery and a recent partnership project which explored ways that museums can develop communication between carers and young children. Museum will have specially designed activity tables for galleries including a Geology fossil rubbing table, early years and themes family trails and young explorers discovery boxes.
  • Olive Edis collection Norfolk Museums – Cromer £20,900 Purchase of a nationally-significant collection of photographs by the North Norfolk photographer Olive Edis (1879-1955) along with funding for display work and learning sessions. A collections of Edis' photographic prints, negatives and autochromes (the first true colour photographs) is being offered for sale to Cromer Museum. Display work is most significant part of the project with redisplay of a room in Cromer Museum to feature the works
  • Key Stage 3 printed learning resource to address issues relating to citizenship using Mary Seacole as the starting point. This will connect her story of achievement with other inspirational individuals within the Gallery’s 19th and 20th century collections, who serve as a role model for young people off-site in the classroom. This will provide a thematic route searching up to 30 portraits reflecting on cultural diversity with contextual narratives, biographies and associated activity ideas At the heart of this project is the plan to acquire the only substantial portrait of Mary Seacole for the National Portrait Gallery’s Primary Collection. As part of our Collection this portrait would be on display in the Victorian Galleries over time, as well as featuring in other exhibitions, displays and loans at the Gallery and in other museums and galleries. There is no better place for the only known painted portrait of Mary Seacole to be housed. It is vital to the Gallery’s mission for us to be able to acquire and display this picture. Being part of our Collection will ensure it is on permanent public display for years to come Once acquired for the Collection, the portrait would also serve as a focus for a number of Gallery programmes and activities to meet ongoing interest in Mary Seacole amongst existing audiences. It would also enable us to develop new on-site and off-site learning opportunities and resources for schools based on Mary Seacole as part of a wider programme of activity which includes other inspirational stories of British achievement.
  • Shift in the focus of what museums acquire Audiences, participation, development Skills development Partnerships Shifting museum’s collecting focus
  • Shetland Museum and Archives - S ustainable materials and traditional craftsmanship were used to create the building, which was designed to mirror the original boat building sheds. Other things to consider - Energy efficiency, Renewable energy, Water, Building materials, Construction waste, Soil, including peat, Timber, Biodiversity, Visitor transport
  • The recently announced change in our share of good causes income – from 16.7% to 20% - means that provided strong ticket sales continue we expect to have a budget of around £300m a year from 2012-2013 onward (compared with the £180m we had in 2009-2010) Through this consultation we are asking for your views on how we can best respond to help you through the changes in the funding environment for heritage over the next few years, and to other emerging opportunities and challenges What should HLF continue doing? What should we stop doing? And in what areas or activities might we need to make changes? This presentation gives a brief overview of the consultation content. We encourage everyone to respond to the consultation online at
  • Our three strategic aims of ‘conservation’, ‘participation’ and ‘learning’ have driven a progressive agenda for heritage since 2002. We are proud of the way our funding has allowed more people to engage with and learn about heritage, and has opened up more of our heritage for everyone to enjoy. We think this integrated approach remains the right one for a Lottery funder, and distinguishes our role from that of others. We plan to continue with this strategic direction in future, but believe we could simplify how we express this by adopting a single strategic aim. Every project we fund should be able to show how it is making a positive and lasting difference for heritage and people . This would underpin all of our grant programmes and initiatives and should provide a more straightforward approach to our application and assessment process. We are inviting comments on this in the consultation.
  • We anticipate making grants of all sizes from £3,000 to over £5 million, combining open application funding opportunities with strategic programmes and targeted initiatives. Decisions on our main open programme - Heritage Grants - up to £1 million will continue to be made by local decision makers on our committees around the UK. We are asking for comments on the overall balance between the amount of money we invest in open programmes and targeted initiatives. For example, in 2010-2011 we expect to make awards totalling around £128m through our open programmes (Heritage Grants and Your Heritage) and £70m through targeted programmes and strategic initiatives. We could also extend our approach to targeting funding and solicit applications more frequently (that is, invite applications from specific organisations for ring-fenced sums of money.) This could help to focus our funding on strategic priorities for heritage, in partnership with others, but could reduce the amount of money available through open programmes. We welcome views on this balance and on our role. We could also consider giving more priority to heritage identified as ‘at risk’. Again, we are asking to what extent you agree we should do this.
  • Financial sustainability is a critical issue for many heritage organisations in the current climate, and many projects we are supporting now face more challenges in covering their future operating costs. We are able to fund endowments alongside a capital project or purchase of a major heritage asset, though have rarely done so in the past, because endowments need to be substantial to have a material effect on running costs. We are asking whether we should revisit our approach to endowments, and if so in what circumstances should we consider offering them? We think we could also do more to build the skills and capacity of voluntary heritage organisations, offering some time-limited funding to help organisations with responsibilities for heritage to develop and thrive. We would like comments on what our role should be in helping to build the financial sustainability of organisations in the sector. And we want to encourage more private giving to heritage. The consultation includes some ways in which we might do this, for example establishing a match funding scheme. We’d like your views on how we could practically and effectively incentivise more people to consider giving – of both time and money - to heritage.
  • Finally, we’ve identified a number of areas where our funding could respond to a range of new opportunities or challenges. For example, climate change remains one of the biggest threats to the UK’s heritage and we think there’s more we can do to encourage our applicants to consider the environmental risks and impacts of their projects. We describe some specific proposals in the consultation. We’re excited by the developments in technology that are making digital heritage a part of everyday life - we want to know how we can best support innovation in digital projects to develop content and deliver it to new audiences in new ways - and what types of heritage should be a priority to be made more widely available through digitisation. Our Skills for the Future programme launched last year attracted many more high-quality applications than we had originally expected and we eventually awarded over three times the original budget – we’re asking whether this high level of demand continues, whether we should run this programme again, and if so, what skills it should focus on.
  • Funding Now - Current Trends for Museum Funding with the Heritage Lottery Fund

    1. 2. <ul><li>Funding Now - current trends for museum funding with the Heritage Lottery Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Fiona Talbott </li></ul><ul><li>Head of Museums, Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>and Archives </li></ul>
    2. 3. Strategic aims 2008 - 2013 <ul><li>Help people to learn about their own and other people’s heritage ( Learning ) </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy ( Conservation ) </li></ul><ul><li>Help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about their heritage ( Participation ) </li></ul>
    3. 5. Where the money goes <ul><li>£ 986.9m million to over 650 projects involving the construction and refurbishment of museum & gallery buildings </li></ul><ul><li>£147m to 487 projects for the acquisition of portable heritage by museums and galleries </li></ul><ul><li>£266m million to projects such as exhibitions, interpretation, collections management, learning programmes and outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Supported 295 education posts and 247 spaces for learning </li></ul>
    4. 6. Key Questions for your project <ul><li>Why is this heritage important? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is it important to? </li></ul><ul><li>What difference will your project make to your heritage? </li></ul><ul><li>What difference will your project make for people? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will benefit? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you maintain the benefits in the long term? </li></ul>
    5. 7. Major capital projects
    6. 8. Your Heritage - smaller projects
    7. 9. Smaller capital projects – Ryedale Folk Museum
    8. 10. Smaller capital projects – Ryedale Folk Museum
    9. 11. Fry Art Gallery ’
    10. 12. Hertford Museum
    11. 13. Audiences
    12. 14. Learning Spaces
    13. 15. Acquisitions
    14. 16. <ul><li>Acquisitions – Mary Seacole portrait </li></ul><ul><li>National Portrait Gallery </li></ul>
    15. 17. Acquisitions Collecting Cultures
    16. 18. Sustainability and `Green’ issues
    17. 19. <ul><li>Energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Building materials </li></ul><ul><li>Construction waste </li></ul><ul><li>Soil, including peat </li></ul><ul><li>Timber </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor transport </li></ul>Greener issues for consideration
    18. 20. <ul><li>Context for next strategic plan </li></ul><ul><li>HLF grants budget of around £300m p.a. from 2012-2013 onwards </li></ul><ul><li>Significant reduction in Government and local authority funding across all parts of heritage over next four years </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting now on our strategy for 2013 onwards – but will introduce changes earlier where there is demand </li></ul>
    19. 21. Proposed new strategic aim ‘ making a positive and lasting difference for heritage and people’
    20. 22. Balance and direction of funding <ul><li>Balance between open and targeted programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Working more strategically alongside others </li></ul><ul><li>Giving greater priority to heritage identified as ‘at risk’? </li></ul>
    21. 23. Building a more resilient heritage community <ul><li>Protecting our investment </li></ul><ul><li>Building skills and capacity of voluntary heritage organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging a culture of giving – of time and money </li></ul>
    22. 25. <ul><li>Heritage Lottery Fund </li></ul><ul><li>7 Holbein Place </li></ul><ul><li>London SW1W 8NR </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone: 020 7591 6000 </li></ul><ul><li>Textphone: 020 7591 6255 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>