The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP): Travel Grants and Workshops

The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.

International Travel Grant Scheme

Xuzhou Primary School Children after workshop at Imperial Decree Museum_Photo courtesy of Tullie House Museum

Xuzhou Primary School Children after workshop at Imperial Decree Museum (Photo courtesy of Tullie House Museum)

The travel grants will enable recipients to undertake an international research visit to museums and/or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face.  The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and/or projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world.  Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international travel as part of their work.

The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium.

The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website:

Applications open: Thursday 15 October 2015

Deadline for applications: 12:00 on Friday 30 October 2015

Successful applicants notified: w/c 16 November 2015

Any questions about the scheme should be sent to Dana Andrew, WIRP Project Co-ordinator,

WIRP Workshops

WIRP Workshop_London

WIRP Workshop, London

A series of one-day workshops will take place across England between September 2015 and January 2017 for regional and local museums and galleries who are embarking on international work, or interested in finding out more about it.

Focussing on a particular theme or topic, the WIRP Workshops will enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of participants to develop international work, and provide information and advice on how to do so.  Relevant case studies will be presented, and participants will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers.

The fee for each workshop is £35 with a discounted fee of £25 for small organisations with less than 20,000 visitors per year.  The fee includes refreshments, lunch, and a delegate pack.  Places are limited so early booking is advised.

To book a place, click on the Eventbrite link for the workshop you wish to attend.  The workshop programmes can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website

International Touring Exhibitions & Loans – Tuesday 22 September 2015 – MShed, Bristol

Working with China – Wednesday 14 October 2015 – York Castle Museum

Working with India – Monday 9 November 2015 – Imperial War Museum, London

Working with Europe – January 2016

This workshop will cover the range of European funding options available to museums and galleries

Working with the Middle East – autumn 2016

Developing Partnerships & Networks – autumn 2016

Quotes from WIRP Workshop 2014-15 participants:

“The workshop gave us some confidence that we needed at the time, and it was particularly useful to talk to other museums of a similar size who are working internationally.”

 “Prior to the workshop, I might have thought there was only one way to tour an exhibition internationally.  We’re now not going to rush into anything but will think about it, take advice, and explore options.”


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