National Recognition for The Atkinson and its Collections

Courtesy of the Estate of Edward Bawden

The Atkinson is one of just six museums, and the only organisation in the North West, to be awarded funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.  The Atkinson is also the only organisation in the North West to be selected by theBritish Museum for the latest round of its Knowledge Exchange Programme

The £68,000 Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund award is for Rediscovering Our Collections.  This grant supports conservation and research into our important prints and drawings collections, that have been underused and neglected for many years.

The project will help increase access and engagement and open up fundraising prospects.  It will create opportunities for communities, students from local colleges, volunteers and young people through digital engagement with national and international partners.

The investment made by Sefton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop The Atkinson now means that the gallery and museum now have the right conditions to care for their important collections. All of Sefton’s collections are within one venue, providing state of the art display and storage facilities and the professional museum expertise to deliver collections management and engagement at the highest level.

The British Museum’s Knowledge Exchange Programme gives a member of staff from The Atkinson and one from the British Museum, a unique opportunity to gain insight into the work of each other’s organisation, and to share ideas and skills. The programme is all about collaboration to develop meaningful exchanges which are mutually beneficial to both the individuals on the exchange and the host organisations.

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