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New AIM Biffa Award Funded Exhibitions Will Tell The Stories Of Historic Figures From Engineering And Science

AIM Biffa Award have just announced the first round of projects to be supported by the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Sharing a fund of £170,000, each project will tell the story of their chosen historical figure and how their work and achievements have shaped the world we live in today.

Funded by  Biffa Award with support from the  Landfill Communities Fund, the programme is funding AIM member museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures.

The successful projects in Round 1, with exhibitions opening in 2018, will focus on the work of historic figures from Engineering and Science. They are:

‘Digging Deeper’ at the London Transport Museum which will explore the engineering innovations which made travelling deep under London possible and, as Crossrail begins operation, highlight James Henry Greathead’s continuing influence around the world.

‘The Father of Modern Forensics’ at The National Justice Museum in Nottingham which will enable children and young people to learn about the life and achievements of Sir

Bernard Spilsbury, inspiring interest and further study in forensic science.

‘Hawkshaw and Barlow Untold’ at The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre in Bristol which will raise awareness of the lives and achievements of engineers Sir John

Hawkshaw and William H Barlow through a new interactive exhibition.

Gillian French; Biffa Award, Head of Grants, said: “We’re thrilled to support History Makers with a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund. These first three projects will enable people to explore the personal stories behind some of the great figures from science and industry, and help to bring these fascinating chapters of our social history to life!”

Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Museums said: “The first round of successful projects will showcase the work and lives of some of the UK’s important, but less well-known, historic figures from the worlds of engineering and science. The funding from Biffa Award is providing the opportunity for independent museums to inspire a new generation with the achievements of significant characters from the past.”

The History Makers grant programme will next be accepting applications in Autumn 2017 and 2018. Please check the AIM website and other communications platforms for further information.

The assessment panel is chaired by Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and includes members of AIM Council and independent experts from the museum community, including Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums. Please see the AIM website at AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

History Makers

The History Makers scheme funds museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures, whose lives or achievements have had a lasting impact on the world we live in today. The scheme is managed by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and Biffa Award. More information: History Makers

Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £156 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund. More information: Biffa Award

Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (Los) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax. More information: Landfill Communities Fund

Association of Independent Museums (AIM)

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is a national charitable organisation which helps independent and independently spirited museums, galleries and heritage sites prosper by connecting, supporting and representing them.

AIM’s membership ranges from voluntarily run community organisations to some of the largest museums in the country and includes museums, historic houses, heritage organisations, ships and historic railways as well as museum consultants and commercial suppliers.

AIM provides an independent viewpoint based on operational and business experience of running successful enterprises for public benefit. More information: Association of Independent Museums (AIM)


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