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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<ul><li>1.Sally Cross [email_address] 020 7426 6933</li></ul> <p>2. Museums Association Independently funded, and the oldestmuseums association in the world. 5,200 individual members, 600 institutional members and 250 corporate members. Mission: To enhance the value of museums tosociety by sharing knowledge,developing skills, inspiring innovation,and providing leadership. 3. Collections A policy priority since the Collections for theFuture 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. </p> <ul><li>Effective Collections </li></ul> <ul><li>A 1m programme supported by the Esme</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> <p>5. </p> <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> <p>6. Has practice changed? Do museums think differently about theircollections?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 yourmuseum in the last 5-10 years. Whatexamples can you think of? Have heartschanged, or minds or neither? 7. </p> <ul><li>Esme 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> <p>8. </p> <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> <p>9. </p> <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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