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.