MDEM offered Collections Access Grants to help museums in the East Midlands to support museums to increase access to collections projects such as improving documentation, storage and care of collections. The grants were from £250-£1,000. These case studies are taken from grants awarded between April 2020 to March 2021.
Purpose of Grants: Collections Access grant funding to support museums to increase access to collections such as improving documentation, storage and care of collections through delivery of collections training for staff and volunteers, by improving displays and information about collections and by addressing backlogs.
Overall MDEM awarded 9 Collections Access Grants in 2020-21. These covered a range of projects from creating video displays to enlisting support from a specialist collections care consultancy.
Collections Access Grant Case Study – Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum
Amount of grant applied for: £402.00
Date of application: December 2020
Project Delivery: June 2021
In December 2020, Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum made a successful application which enabled a tri-partite collaboration between the museum, a local railway enthusiast and professional speaker, plus the Horncastle History and Heritage Society (HHHS) who initiated the idea of the partnership for the 50th anniversary of the closure of the railway in the East Midlands region with specific reference to Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead and Horncastle.