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The benefits to the museum of the audit, as it forges a new path in recovery post-pandemic, has been a vital reset and refresh, and a straightforward and simple approach to prioritising future actions, delivered with friendly and helpful expertise.
Durham Museum received a donation of two paintings by George Fennell Robson in 2021, a bequest from a descendant of the artist. An AIM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant has enabled the paintings to be repaired and cleaned for permanent display.
This book repair project, although small, has been incredibly helpful, enabling us to repair eight books that were badly damaged. Each one contributes to the overall narrative of the House and has its own story in terms of why it’s in our collection and its significance to Elizabeth and her family.
Gairloch Museum applied to AIM Pilgrim Trust to conserve an album of watercolour paintings from the First World War by Finlay Mackinnon.
In October 2020, staff at Auchindrain Historic Township in Argyll found a bodice within the attic of one of their longhouses, which appeared to have been deliberately deposited over a century ago. This grant enabled the team to clean and stabilise the bodice for long term storage
Port Sunlight certainly lived up to its name, not only did the sunshine on us for the whole of the conference, but attending certainly helped shed light on a variety of topics too.
I returned full of enthusiasm and ideas to take forward, and re-energised to talk to the Board about changes we need to make moving forward.
My first AIM conference was also my first in-person conference since the pandemic – it couldn’t have been a better opportunity to meet colleagues from around the UK and hear about the brilliant work going on.