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Press Releases > The Bowes Museum Secures Heritage Lottery Fund Support
The Bowes Museum has received initial support¹ for a £454,000 bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme² for the Conservation in Action project, it was announced today.
The project aims to utilise the Museum’s varied collections and its experienced conservation team to offer a number of twelve-month paid internships over a five year period, starting in July 2014. It will offer an intensive learning experience for graduates, enabling them to bridge the gap between academic training and meaningful practical experience in a museum environment.
Development funding of £9,300 has also been awarded to help the Museum progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
Conservation in Action will provide interns with training programmes tailored to address specific skills gaps in the sector while ensuring they receive a fully rounded museum experience. The project will cover aspects such as surveying, preventative conservation, staging of temporary exhibitions, supervision of volunteers and interaction with other museums; fostering independence, confidence and decision making. It will benefit The Bowes Museum by furthering the development of its regional partnerships, while offering interns the opportunity for short placements at other cultural venues.
The Museum has, over recent years, developed its conservation activity, covering picture, object, textile and preventative conservation with a small but skilled team. In addition to the training opportunities, the project will improve the Museum’s care of its collections, enable stored items to be put on display and make conservation activity more visible to visitors. It will also extend the Museum’s capacity for providing conservation training and advice in the region.
The Bowes Museum’s collections - awarded Designated status from the Government in view of their quality - span the 14th to the 20th Centuries and include paintings, ceramics, textiles and furniture. They are enhanced by an acclaimed exhibition programme, plus a lifelong learning programme which includes fun-filled family activities, scholarly lectures and a burgeoning schools programme involving visits to the Museum and outreach work.
Jon Old, Conservation Manager at The Bowes Museum, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. This project will help the Museum move to the next stage in its development by allowing us to use our collections more extensively and further develop our recent progress in conservation. It will offer one of the best opportunities available for conservation graduates to gain hands-on experience of working in a museum environment while gaining key skills in their sector.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “Nurturing skills – of all types – continues to be a hugely important part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s portfolio of work. Skills for the Future is one of our most successful and over-subscribed programmes with fierce competition to secure funding. The 39 projects that have won through reflect the wide range of training and opportunities on offer in the heritage industry. We’re delighted that through this significant investment 876 new placements will be created right across the UK and hope that this additional funding will help encourage growth and build resilience within the sector.”
The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
Notes to editors
• ¹ Initial support plus development funding means the project meets our criteria for funding and we believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so this is an endorsement of outline proposals. The project will submit fully developed proposals to secure a firm award at a later date.
• ² Launched in July 2009, Skills for the Future is an HLF programme supporting organisations across the UK to create new training places. HLF has awarded grants totalling £26.8m under this programme enabling high-quality work-based training, the development of new qualifications and capacity building in the sector.
THE BOWES MUSEUM
• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, Six Month Pass £12.50, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk
ABOUT THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
• Using money raised through the National Lotterythe Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with £5.4bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk. For more information please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office, on 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.