AIM Biffa Award - The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme



In 2011 AIM entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award which provided a 1.5m investment into independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK. The scheme is now closed.

The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme has developed a high profile national project by creating a network of facilities whose history has been in some way involved in far reaching change instrumental in creating the nation as it is today. This investment will help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources, enabling the public to better understand the powerful tide of change brought about by our collective industrial past through the creation of a network of strategic projects that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

The Scheme focused on specific projects that relate to key industries including mining, textile manufacture, shipbuilding, metal processing, chemical industries, defence, farming and technologies such as power generation and communication.

To date the AIM Biffa Award has supported the following projects

Partnership Projects

  • Birmingham Conservation Trust - The Newman Brothers Coffin Works
  • National Mining Museum Scotland - The National Mining Memorial
  • Brooklands Museum - The Barnes Wallis, Stratospheric testing Chamber
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust - The Bedlam Furnace
  • Kew Bridge Engines Trust and Water Supply Museum - Project Aquarius The Babcock Room
  • Underfall Yard Trust - Revealing the Story of Hydraulic Power
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust - Chatham Dockyard World Heritage Discovery Centre
  • The Arkwright Society - Discovering Cromford
  • Brunel Museum - Opening Up Brunel's Shaft
  • Woodhorn Museum - The Winding House
  • Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum- Reinstating the Second Engine
  • ss Great Britain - The Drawing Office
  • The Canal & River Trust - From Port to Power House - a Window on the World 
  • United Kingdom Historic Buildings Preservation Trust - Middleport Pottery - Bringing the William Boulton Steam Engine at Middleport Pottery Back to Life
  • Postal Museum - The Birth of The Underground Postal Railway

Project Criteria 

Eligible works included opening up access to buildings or sites, creating new exhibitions or displays, gallery development, educational facilities, site interpretation and trails.

Applicants needed to be able to demonstrate significant impact and heritage benefit and how their project will help deliver the 5 key project outcomes for the Scheme. 

They were:

  • Create a national network of Landmark projects created on sites that have international, national or regional impact.
  • Enable a better understanding and appreciation of how industrial heritage collections and buildings were used and what they did by improved physical and intellectual access to sites and buildings.
  • Provide an enhanced level of educational activity on partner sites.
  • Develop stronger links with local communities through engaging new volunteers and wider audiences from the locality.
  • Develop partnership working with other National Heritage Landmark projects or other industrial sites.

 Biffa Award Funding Partnership with AIM

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