New Stories New Audiences grants awarded

Fourteen organisations share over £165,000 in the latest allocation of AIM’s New Stories New Audiences grants, generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery players across the UK.

Bawdsey Radar Trust – Bawdsey radar connections
Creating a unique national collection of stories and details of some of the many thousands who worked, trained or served at RAF Bawdsey from 1936 to 1991, including online and face-to-face community events.

Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive Methodism – Root and branch
A travelling exhibition beginning at Englesea covering the other three Methodist Heritage sites (London, Bristol and Epworth, Lincs), as well as universities, faith settings such as mosques, gurdwaras and other places of worship, and the NAPO annual conference.

Foxfield Light Railway Society – Going underground – hidden lives at the pit
To create displays and handling collections exploring the roles of women, children and animals in the colliery. To create AV content for use on site, and a resource pack.

Groundwork South and North Tyneside – Climate emergency project
Sessions (incl. carbon literacy) for young people focused on the climate emergency to develop blogs, social media content and a digital exhibition hosted on the Jarrow Hall website, also making use of a temporary exhibition space to project images and content.

Hundred Heroines – Dorothy Wilding – Gloucester pioneer
Exhibition of Dorothy Wilding’s work and legacy, including a series of podcasts and creative workshops, marking 130 years since her birth in Gloucester.

Ledbury Places – The Heritage Centre – Ledbury education through time
To link existing displays and artefacts covering education from the 17th to 19th centuries with the experiences of local older residents, and current school children, through filmed interviews.

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation – Forging a family – Caribbean harmony in Letchworth
Addressing a substantial gap in collections which overlooks the representation of global majority communities within Letchworth – particularly Caribbean – with permanent online resources, including for local schools.

Museum of Human Diseases at St George’s, University of London – Deadly diseases
The Museum of Human Diseases will connect with local community groups in Tooting to share the stories of deadly diseases from the past and explore how they are relevant to the lives of people today.  Themed workshops, co-hosted with local artists Meet and Make, will examine different diseases and their treatments, with a focus on the human experience. Through this project we will identify stories of significance that will be shared through an online exhibition and through a film documenting the project shared with a wider audience at a celebratory event in Tooting Market.

Museum of Royal Worcester – Taste, touch and smell
Exploring Worcester porcelain’s food and drink stories through sensory experiences including workshops, performances, field trips and the website.

Royal Engineers Museum – 75th anniversary of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers by increasing content, material and the relationship with the local Nepali community through workshops with the QGR.

Teign Heritage – Tackling the heritage gap
Looking to appeal to 18–30-year-olds by partnering with Teignmouth Rugby Football Club to trace the origins of their sport from earliest times to the present-day using artefacts and memorabilia on loan from the club, original research and a digitised record of the result.

The Mixed Museum – Sussed Black Woman
Targeting 13–18-year-olds by co-establishing a digital resource for The Mixed Museum – a digital museum archiving the history of racial mixing in Britain – that shares Manchester’s history of racial mixing through a focus on SuAndi’s (poet/artist) life and creative work.

Turner’s House Trust – Tales and travels
Capturing and sharing memories and experiences of the travels of JMW Turner. Working with local refugee centres and residents to share stories, improve wellbeing and bring them closer together.

Wiltshire Museum – Lest we Forget: Black People’s Contribution to the World Wars in Wiltshire
Working with the local race equality council and the army to tell stories of the black community’s experiences in WW1, WW2 and after through oral testimony, creative projects and an exhibition.