The Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund from the Museums Association

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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 Fund.

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The Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund from the Museums Association

  1. 1. Sally Cross [email_address] 020 7426 6933
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.”
  4. 4. <ul><li>Effective Collections </li></ul><ul><li>A £1m programme supported by the Esmée </li></ul><ul><li>Fairbairn Foundation to make better use of collections, principally through increased long-term loans of stored material and a more active approach to disposal. </li></ul><ul><li>Upwards of 40 projects with museums </li></ul><ul><li>Find an Object </li></ul><ul><li>Smarter Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Disposal </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Collections Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>What we know about collections is as </li></ul><ul><li>important as the objects themselves – </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge about collections is the key to </li></ul><ul><li>unlocking their potential and to making them accessible to as wide an audience </li></ul><ul><li>as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Monument Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>Monument Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Collections Knowledge research </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in the Sharing Expertise Group </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Developed from: </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Collections, 2006-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Museum and Heritage Collections strand, 2008-10 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>At a glance: </li></ul><ul><li>£800,000 per year, for three years </li></ul><ul><li>Two application deadlines per year: 30 Oct </li></ul><ul><li>£20,000-£100,000 over (at the most) three years </li></ul><ul><li>Improved understanding of collections; appreciation of the potential of collections; and/or use of collections </li></ul><ul><li>While almost any work on collections is eligible, the fund will be oversubscribed and therefore competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Selection panel made up of six individuals : 3 EFF, 3 MA and sector </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Writing the application: </li></ul><ul><li>Meet as many criteria as you can </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul><ul><li>The best projects are really part of the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Being developmental: a challenge for larger museums </li></ul><ul><li>Developing projects and legacy through the collections network </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>The budget: salaries, equipment, overheads and capital costs </li></ul>

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