Year One AIM Hallmarks Grant Recipients Announced

Rochdale Pioneers Museum. Image courtesy of Co-operative Heritage Trust and Andy Hirst Photography
Rochdale Pioneers Museum. Image courtesy of Co-operative Heritage Trust and Andy Hirst Photography

We are pleased to announce the grant recipients from Year One of the AIM Hallmarks Awards that have been allocated funding totalling £54,885.

Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years.

“The Hallmarks Awards are designed to allow museums to make a long term, positive impact on the way they work,” said Emma Chaplin, Director of AIM, “and we welcome new and innovative approaches where museums have embraced the Hallmarks framework and have spotted an opportunity for their museum to prosper.”

Museums in Wales can now apply for small grants through the AIM Hallmarks Awards to boost their financial sustainability. The new opportunity is thanks to a programme supported by the Welsh government through the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.

We are offering grants of £3,000 – £6,000 to help museums in Wales to become more financially sustainable. The closing date for applications is 12 April 2019. Please click below for all information.

Wales Hallmarks Small Grants Scheme

The Hallmarks Awards will reopen in England in summer 2019. Please sign up for the AIM E-news for all announcements.

AIM Hallmarks Awards – Year One Funded Museums


Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Tiverton and Mid Devon Museum Trust

Grant: £8,960

Developing new income streams: Exploring new markets, developing children’s birthday parties and celebration events for older people and options appraisal for creation of letting workspace on museum site.


Markfield Beam Engine & Museum

Grant: £5,000

MBEAM Organisational Consolidation and Development: Achieving the organisation’s sustainable potential for planned future development of our unique Museum.


Rochdale Pioneers Museum, The Co-operative Heritage Trust

Grant: £12,000

‘Earning through Learning’: Creating a higher space for the learning loft The Trust is seeking to make its learning space more flexible for private hire which will fund and support community action and learning.


Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust Limited

Grant: £7,550

Boutique Retreats, Immersive Experiences & Social Media Sales: Developing off-season minibreaks in partnership with high-end accommodation providers, developing our own accommodation for onsite stays whilst on courses and developing Instagram for direct sales.


St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington Museum Trust

Grant: £11,450

Reach Further: Understanding our audience to ensure inclusivity, visitor engagement and audience development whilst balancing admission fees and income to create a cultural community hub for all.


British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Grant: £4,925

Driving Ambitions: Harnessing the Potential of the British Commercial Vehicle Archives. To develop the potential of the archive collections in terms of access and income generation, with an improved offer delivered in a more efficient and business-like way.


The Gurkha Museum Trust

Grant: £5,000

Gurkha Museum Brand Evolution. The Museum is at an exciting time of development, as we roll out a new marketing strategy we would like to develop the brand.

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