The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, designed to promote collections development for social impact, administered by the Museums Association (MA), has awarded £528,097 to seven projects in its latest round.

This includes Derby Museums, which was granted £77,637, to work with Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities to explore how to use its World Collections to create a more inclusive museum relevant to peoples’ lives today, drawing on the principles of Human-Centred Design.

Other projects include Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley, which was granted £84,600, to engage new audiences, especially young people from deprived communities, with its ceramics collection; and Glasgow Museums, which was granted £52,097 to map Glasgow’s migrant community collections and support volunteer researchers and community curators from migrant backgrounds.

Awards also went to projects at North Down Museum, Ripon Museums, Essex County Council, and Blackpool Museum.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said:

“Support from the fund will help us connect our world cultures collection with our hugely diverse communities in the city as we encourage Derby people to discover their place, in the world.”

Jonathan Catherall, the MA’s programmes manager, said:

“The grants process was more competitive than ever, and our new grantees all put social impact at the heart of their work on collections. There are several projects working with ethnic minority and migrant communities, reflecting the sector’s strong commitment to promoting integration in difficult times. Others focus on new ways to reach, excite and involve disadvantaged groups, or those marginalised in the stories that have been told to date.”

The fund has recently been extended for three more years with an increased maximum grant of £120,000.

The deadline for initial applications for the next funding round is 15 March 2017.

Look out for opportunities to get involved in Derby Museums’ project, in the New Year.

To find out about to other projects, read the Museums Association release.




Derby Museums
Founded in 2012, Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which is responsible for the rich cultural and creative history of Derby. It manages three sites across the city, the Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, and holds and curates all the art and collections within them, including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby.

The Trust’s aim is to bring as many of the objects and treasures in the collections into the public domain as is practically possible and present them in ways that delight and inspire, via education and learning programmes, events and exhibitions, in order to share knowledge and inspire creativity and making amongst the people of Derby.

As a charitable trust, Derby Museums relies on funding and grants from organisations and donations from businesses and the general public, all of which is gratefully received in order to ensure that admission to the museums remains free for all.

Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making
Derby Museums has secured a first round pass for major grant funding of £9.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £2.5m from Arts Council England and £4m from Derby City Council of a £16.4m development to create Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making. The project will open up the whole of the Silk Mill, creating beautiful spaces to inspire our visitors and will provide access to 100% of Derby Museums’ collections of Making and Social History.  The new museum will have our communities at its heart and be uniquely co-produced with the people of Derby over the next few years.

Arts Council England
Derby Museums has been funded by Arts Council England since 2012 to deliver improved museum facilities and services in Derby. From April 2015 Derby Museums in a consortium with Nottingham Museums and Galleries has become one of 21 Major Partner Museums in England.