National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme: Six New Projects Announced

Biffa Award has pledged £1.5m over three years to the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) for the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme. The Scheme will create a high profile network of interpretation and education projects across the UK that will showcase the far-reaching changes in industrial development that have shaped our nation’s history.

Annual awards are allocated to projects that help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

Commenting on the latest round of awards, Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of the Advisory Panel, said:

“The third and final round of the AIM/Biffa Award scheme, like the first two, has resulted in a diverse range of really excellent applications, again demonstrating the significance of Britain’s outstanding industrial heritage. These grants will support conservation, enhancement of access for the public and major improvements in interpretation”

Burlesdon brickworks

Burlesdon Brickworks, Hampshire

Burlesdon Brickworks, Hampshire:  £82,000 

The Bursledon Brickworks are a complete Victorian steam driven brickworks. Their survival is extraordinary. It is rare for a manufacturing industry not to update their processes but this happened at Bursledon. Newer introductions were made elsewhere on site but the remaining unit is as it was when the Victorian owners built it. This project will reinstate a steam engine working an old pan mill for mixing clay, enabling visitors to the site to gain a better understanding of brick manufacture.

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port:  £119,718   

This project involves a major redevelopment of the historic Slipway at National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port Conservation Area, opening it up to the public for the first time as a fully accessible site. The Slipway overlooks the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey estuary. A viewing area will be created, enabling visitors to visualise and understand the importance of movement of cargoes between the coast and the canal network and the role of global trade in transforming the region and our nation.

The Historic Slipway NWM Ellesmere Port

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Middleport Pottery, Burslem:  £120,000

The Victorian Middleport Pottery with its unique handmade production of Burleigh ware was saved from closure several years ago by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust. Funding from Aim Biffa Award will restore the pottery’s original 1888 W. Boulton Steam Engine and open up the Boiler House as part of the visitor experience. The steam engine is  thought to be the only recorded example of a Boulton Burslem built steam engine remaining within its original context.

Mail Rail, London :  £69,075

The Post Office Underground Railway, also known as Mail Rail, represents an ingenious and uniquely British solution to the problem of the capital city’s crowded streets and the need to transport mail quickly and efficiently. Opened in 1927, the world’s first driverless, electrified railway ran under the streets of London for more than three quarters of a century from Whitechapel in the east to Paddington in the west. This project will provide visitor interpretation, together with the restoration and display of key rail track features of the railway at Mount Pleasant.


The British Postal Museum & Archive

ss Great Britain, Bristol: £117,180

This project will allow the public to enter Brunel’s Drawing Office for the very first time and learn the story of the screw propeller, which was a defining moment in I.K. Brunel’s career. Visitors will be invited to enjoy the authentic restoration of the building where Brunel worked on the design and build of the ss Great Britain.

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington: £35,000

Located at the heart of the original colliery building complex at Woodhorn, No.2 winding house was built between 1899 and 1900, and is the last Victorian engine house in Northumberland to still contain a working winder. This project will refurbish the historic colliery winding house (largely untouched since the 1980s), and install new interpretation so that it can be permanently accessible to the public for the first time.

For further information contact: Sam Hunt:, t: 01460 75222, m: 078 333 666 24 or Kerri Saxby, PR and Communications Officer at Biffa . t: 01636 670062


Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totaling more than £150 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.1%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they have made.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3 billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.


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