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Collections issues have been central to the MA's policy and programmes for several years through Effective Collections, collections knowledge and now the £800,00-per-year Esmee Fairbairn Collections ...

Collections issues have been central to the MA's policy and programmes for several years through Effective Collections, collections knowledge and now the £800,00-per-year Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund.

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The Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund from the Museums Association The Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund from the Museums Association Presentation Transcript

  • Sally Cross [email_address] 020 7426 6933
  • Museums Association Independently funded, and the oldest museums association in the world. 5,200 individual members, 600 institutional members and 250 corporate members. Mission: To enhance the value of museums to society by sharing knowledge, developing skills, inspiring innovation, and providing leadership.
  • Collections A policy priority since the Collections for the Future enquiry began in 2004. “ Too many museum collections are underused - not displayed, published, used for research or even understood by the institutions that care for them.” “ disposal is not risk free, but neither is unthinking retention.” “ A stronger emphasis on collections is not just compatible with increasing access and learning in museums: it is vital to it.” View slide
    • Effective Collections
    • A £1m programme supported by the Esmée
    • Fairbairn Foundation to make better use of collections, principally through increased long-term loans of stored material and a more active approach to disposal.
    • Upwards of 40 projects with museums
    • Find an Object
    • Smarter Loans
    • Disposal
    View slide
    • Collections Knowledge
    • What we know about collections is as
    • important as the objects themselves –
    • knowledge about collections is the key to
    • unlocking their potential and to making them accessible to as wide an audience
    • as possible.
    • Monument Fellowships
    • Monument Toolkit
    • Sharing Collections Knowledge research
    • Participation in the Sharing Expertise Group
  • Has practice changed? Do museums think differently about their collections? Do they have different expectations? Do they use collections more? Or in new ways? In groups, spend a few minutes talking about whether practice has changed at your museum in the last 5-10 years. What examples can you think of? Have hearts changed, or minds – or neither?
    • Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
    • Developed from:
    • Effective Collections, 2006-12
    • Museum and Heritage Collections strand, 2008-10
    • At a glance:
    • £800,000 per year, for three years
    • Two application deadlines per year: 30 Oct
    • £20,000-£100,000 over (at the most) three years
    • Improved understanding of collections; appreciation of the potential of collections; and/or use of collections
    • While almost any work on collections is eligible, the fund will be oversubscribed and therefore competitive
    • Selection panel made up of six individuals : 3 EFF, 3 MA and sector
    • Writing the application:
    • Meet as many criteria as you can
    • Be concise
    • The best projects are really part of the organisation
    • Being developmental: a challenge for larger museums
    • Developing projects and legacy through the collections network
    • Partnership
    • The budget: salaries, equipment, overheads and capital costs