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AIM announces second round of National Heritage Partnership Grants
24 February 2014

Image from the Brunel Museum

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 second round of this three-year award scheme, like the first, resulted in applications of the highest quality and has again demonstrated the significance of Britain’s outstanding industrial heritage. All four grants have been awarded to sites of national importance and will enable them to enhance access for the public and improve interpretation”.


Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Establishing a free-to-enter Discovery Centre within the Wheelwrights’ Shop creating a sense of arrival, orientation and initial interpretation to the tentative World Heritage Site of Chatham Dockyard and its Defences.

The Arkwright Society, Sir Richard Arkwight’s Cromford Mills, Derbyshire       


This project will provide public access to, and interpretation of Sir Richard Arkwright’s First Mill, recognised as the birthplace of the factory system.  It will provide a discrete audio visual experience which will enhance the new World Heritage Site Gateway which is currently being developed at Cromford Mills.


Brunel Museum


Restoring public access to Marc Brunel’s entrance shaft at Rotherhithe which made the first Thames Tunnel possible and to provide interpretation of its significance in industrial history.


Underfall Yard Trust


Repairing, conserving, interpreting and providing public access to the working Victorian Hydraulic Pump House with original pumps and accumulators in Bristol’s Underfall Yard, showcasing the revolutionary technology of hydraulic power.

Notes for Editors


AIM is a UK wide organisation that connects, supports and represents the interests of independent museums and heritage organsations. We are a growing organisation with a broad based membership ranging from large multi-site museums such as the Ironbridge Gorge Trust and Chatham Dockyard to the many volunteer-run community museums and heritage sites across the UK.


We offer advice and grant support to help museums improve their sustainability and conserve their collections. We also publish a series of Focus Papers and Fact Sheets on volunteer management and other aspects of museum operation. Importantly AIM provides a national network, enabling independent museums to share information and to seek advice on day to day issues they may be facing.


We believe that entrepreneurial approaches to museum development build successful museums and that independent governance provides the freedom and flexibility to enable this to happen.