How to apply for the next round of AIM Conservation grants

If you are an AIM member from a small to medium size museum and you need financial support to carry out conservation, you are eligible to apply to the AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme.

Both schemes are generously supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the next round of applications closes on September 30th 2015.

Since these grant schemes started, hundreds of AIM member museums and heritage sites have benefited, and both schemes have been set up to help develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections.

To check your eligibility and for further information, please see the AIM website HERE

Hearing how grant recipients have used their funding is always interesting and hopefully useful for anyone thinking of applying. The following is a report from The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester on how an AIM Conservation grant of £4,252.50 has helped to preserve a collection of seven important paintings.

 

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Images courtesy of The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester

On 25th March 2015, His Grace the Duke of Wellington opened the Museum’s special Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition, ‘With the Rifles to Waterloo’, on which £400,000 has been expended. A substantial part of that sum has been used to create a multi-functional space including an art gallery to showcase the Museum’s fine collection of Waterloo oil paintings.

A year ago, however, the collection was not so fine. It was badly in need of conservation and, with all the available money being spent on other aspects of the exhibition, the Museum applied for the first time for an AIM conservation grant.

The application was for the conservation of seven paintings, with each the subject of a prior condition report by a fine art conservator listed on the Conservation Register.

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Completion of the application form was straightforward with justification for conservation focused on the importance of displaying the paintings in the best possible condition as part of our Bicentenary Exhibition. We could not be more pleased with the outcome.

The creation of the gallery with proper lighting and temperature control, combined with the excellence of the newly-conserved paintings properly displayed for the first time since the Museum opened in 1989, has already been the subject of much favourable comment from visitors – as has the overall excellence of the exhibition (open until 30th September).

Apart from being extremely grateful to AIM and the Pilgrim Trust for receipt of this important grant, it has already had other beneficial effect. With some of our paintings now in better condition than others, it has highlighted the need for us to place a much higher priority on the conservation of the whole of our collection and, by hook or by crook, to find the money to fund the cost.

Christopher Wallace

Chairman of Trustees

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester

Website: The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester

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