AIM Biffa Award History Makers: Round 1 – 3 Grants Given

AIM Biffa Award History Makers: Round 1 – 3 Grants Given

AIM Biffa Award History Makers: Round 1 – 3 Grants Given

Funded by  Biffa Award with support from the  Landfill Communities Fund, the AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme has just concluded Round 3 of funding with Round 4 to open for expressions of interest on 18 July.

The programme has so far seen 14 AIM member museums across England benefit from grants of up to £90,000 to help them create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures.

A new website showcasing all ‘History Makers’ acts as a resource for young people studying STEAM subjects.

If you are considering applying for a ‘History Makers’ grant, take a look at the projects we have funded so far for some inspiration!

Update July 2020: Round 4 applications will be announced shortly, with Round 5 likely to be launched in the Autumn. Sign up to AIM’s eNews to receive the latest news on all grant programmes, and follow us on Twitter


Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

Project: Hawkshaw and Barlow Untold

Project aim: To raise awareness of the lives and achievements of engineers Sir John Hawkshaw and William H Barlow through a new interactive exhibition at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre.

Grant awarded: £24,631.00


London Transport Museum

Project: Digging Deeper

Project aim: Through James Henry Greathead’s story we will explore the engineering innovations which made travelling deep under London possible and, as Crossrail begins operation, highlight Greathead’s continuing influence around the world.

Grant awarded: £72,530.00


National Justice Museum 

Project: The Father of Modern Forensics: An Exhibition Celebrating the Life and Work of Sir Bernard Spilsbury

Project aim: Enable children and young people to learn about the life and achievements of Sir Bernard Spilsbury; to inspire interest and further study in forensic science.

Grant awarded: £72,757.00



Milton Keynes Museum

Project: Milton Keynes Museum Expansion Project

Project aim: To celebrate the achievements and vision of the city’s ‘founding father’ Jock Campbell and inspire visitors to consider how their own choices can bring about change.

Grant awarded: £72,900.00


Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum

Project: Harry Baker and 120 years of Chlorine

Project aim: To create a Gallery to celebrate the globally important achievements of local scientific history maker, Harry Baker, and to inspire local people to believe they can pursue successful STEM careers.

Grant awarded: £36,159.00


Hitchin British Schools Trust

Project: Joseph Lancaster’s Educational Revolution

Project aim: To make the remarkable story and lasting legacy of Joseph Lancaster accessible to more people and use it to inspire people about the transformative potential of education.

Grant awarded: £54,525.00


National Paralympic Heritage Trust

Project: Science Pioneering the Paralympic Games – Dr Ludwig Guttmann, Doctor, Psychologist, Engineer

Project aim: Development of a heritage centre with the local community that celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Dr Guttmann, inspiring local facility users and visitors.

Grant awarded: £75,000.00


National Tramway Museum

Project: Holroyd Smith – Electrifying the Future

Project aim: To explore the life, inspiration and motivation behind the works of Michael Holroyd Smith and to inspire the next generation with his imaginative and persistent approach to problem-solving.

Grant awarded: £74,500.00



National Coal Mining Museum for England

Project: The Illumination Gallery Sir Humphry Davy (1778 – 1829)

Project aim: To illuminate those history makers who shaped the development of underground lighting and to ignite STEAM learning using the Museum’s collections to tell this inspirational story

Grant awarded: £81,989.62


Chatsworth House Trust

Project: Experiments, Innovation and Design: How the Paxtons Grew the Chatsworth Garden. Joseph & Sarah Paxton

Project aim: Through the inspirational work of Joseph and Sarah Paxton, visitors will discover, explore and understand the scientific and engineering marvel that is the Chatsworth Garden.

Grant awarded: £68,530.00


The Cromwell Museum

Project: Cromwell Uncovered

Project aim: To reinterpret and refurbish the Cromwell Museum gallery, bringing to life the story of Oliver Cromwell to the widest possible audience, showcasing an internationally important collection in an engaging way.

Grant awarded: £85,530.00


People’s History Museum (National Museum of Labour History)

Project: Annie Besant & Jayaben Desai: History Makers on Strike

Project aim: To raise awareness of the stories of Annie Besant and the Match Girls Strike (1888) and Jayaben Desai and the Grunwick Strike (1976-1978) through displays and immersive digital experiences in the permanent galleries at People’s History Museum.

Grant awarded: £67,533.00


Commonwealth War Graves Foundation

Project: Noor lnayat Khan: A Woman of Conspicuous Courage

Project aim: Drive engagement with the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial through the story of Noor lnayat Khan, a Second World War agent and the most highly decorated Muslim woman in British Military history.

Grant awarded: £59,996.00


Port Sunlight Village Trust

Project: Soap & Water: Revealing William Lever’s remarkable achievements and enduring legacy

Project aim:  Through innovative interpretation, creativity and co-production, we will engage and inspire children and young people by using the STEM subjects as a lens through which to explore William Lever’s impact and legacy

Grant awarded: £78,430.00


About Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £175million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

About The Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.  Since its inception in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.


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