Local heritage organisations have benefited from £18,300 in grants from the Humber Museums Partnership.
The Humber Museums Partnership has announced the first beneficiaries of its grant programme. In total, £21,000 is set to be issued to local organisations across Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire
Projects include new exhibitions, oral history, collection conservation, digital content sharing and educational engagement with communities. All projects will engage new audiences with hidden stories.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “The Humber Museums Partnership was invaluable during lockdown as it allowed residents all over the region to access and enjoy some of our fantastic exhibitions online.
“These grants will allow local organisations to continue to create enjoyable and informative exhibitions for our local communities.”
The four recipients are Carnegie Centre, Hull, Burton Constable Hall, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hedon Museum, East Riding of Yorkshire and The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, North Lincolnshire.
Councillor Mike Medini, portfolio holder for cultural and leisure assets for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that some of our independent museums in the East Riding are receiving grants from the Humber Museums Partnership and Arts Council England. These grants will help to engage visitors with the exciting collections and the hidden stories of the Humber region.”
Philippa Wood, Burton Constable curator, said: “Burton Constable is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore it’s unique stored music and print collections further, and to make these fantastic collections more accessible to visitors and researchers in new behind-scenes displays.”
Dave Chick, project manager at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, said: “I am delighted that the Humber Museums Partnership has awarded a grant to the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft to stage a new exhibition, Trolleybuses of the Humber, which will look at the untold story of the people who worked on and used the region’s trolleybuses.
“The volunteer-run Museum is about to embark on a major development programme which will result in a vastly improved visitor experience and improve the museum’s resilience. The HMP funding will not only allow us to present an additional attraction, it will also help us to attract new audiences and provide development opportunities for our volunteers.”
Tony Porter, from the Hedon Museum Society said: “Hedon Museum has now been open for 25 years, and we are celebrating by holding writing, drawing and photographic competitions that we hope will engage all of our local community. Our aim is to engage with the schools and new residents and bring to them the long and distinguished history of our small town.
“These collections will also make an archive of this moment in time for the future, and links created with schools that will bring the past up to the present, and then be part of the ‘Future History’. We are so grateful to the Humber Museum Partnership for their recognition of our efforts to make the museum relevant to the community and by the provision of their grant making it possible to bring our ‘Future History’ project to fruition.”
Liz Shepherd, chair of trustees at the Carnegie Centre , said: “This grant will allow the findings and collections of the R38 Airship memorabilia that the Carnegie Heritage Centre has collected to be seen by a much wider audience.”
The grants programme is part of the Humber Museums Partnership commitment to regional independent museums and heritage organisations, supported by Arts Council England.
The Humber Museums Partnership is a collaboration between Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council.