From the expert witness in the grisly Dr Crippen murder trial, to the inventor of the first electric street tramway and even the man who changed the face of education before dying penniless under the wheels of a horse carriage: you can now find out more about the lives and achievements of inspirational figures that have helped to shape Britain thanks to the new ‘History Makers’ website that has just been launched by AIM.
The website celebrates and showcases ‘History Makers’ exhibitions at AIM member museums in England that were given grants of up to £90,000 via rounds 1 and 2 of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme funded by Biffa Award as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. The website also acts as a useful and fun learning resource for young people studying STEAM subjects. This is the first time that AIM has created a resource for both the museum sector and the public and it is hoped that schools across the UK will start using the website and online resources to support STEAM students with their studies.
AIM’s Director, Emma Chaplin said, “The new History Makers website is a bold new step to ensure that STEAM students can discover the inspirational stories of the History makers in one fun, engaging and informative site that showcases the incredible breadth of projects that Biffa Award have supported across AIM member museums. Now everyone can explore their fascinating stories at the click of a mouse.”
There are interactive quizzes, a cartoon character to help young people navigate the site and a timeline documenting the key moments in history for each featured ‘History Maker’. Ideas for the design and content structure were provided as part of an online feedback exercise AIM conducted throughout the summer with STEAM students and the website was developed with the aid of GRIT Digital – a website design agency based in Norfolk.
“We wanted to bring the stories of these incredible, historical people to life and provide a fun and immersive way of telling their stories that young people could relate to,” said Sassy Hicks, AIM’s Membership and Marketing Manager. “By including clickable and interactive elements and fun facts, we hope that STEAM students will enjoy discovering more about each History Maker and their daring deeds, innovative ideas and clever inventions.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said: “Biffa Award is extremely proud to have funded the AIM History Makers programme which recognises some of our lesser-known but hugely important and influential historical figures. It is so important that stories like these are told and remembered by future generations. The History Makers website will act as a fantastic online resource showcasing each of the projects and creating a legacy to those whose stories have been told.”
Further ‘History Makers’ exhibitions from rounds 3 and 4 of the programme will be added to the website in 2020, with round 4 currently open for applications. Museums + Heritage have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM, as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme.
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. www.biffa-award.org
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 £1.6 billion has been spent on more than 56,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.
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Museums + Heritage have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM, as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme. Find out more about Museums +Heritage here.
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