East Midlands museums to improve after The Hive heritage business wins grant

A business that works to improve museums has won a £149,189 grant to give more work opportunities to graduates and boost local heritage sites.

A business that works to improve museums has won a £149,189 grant to give more work opportunities to graduates and boost local heritage sites.

Culture Syndicates secured funding from Arts Council England to create six paid internships on projects at six museums across the East Midlands, as well as a project manager and administration post.

Run by two Nottingham Trent University alumni, Charlotte Pratley and Jessica Tarver, alongside heritage studies lecturer Neville Stankley from the School of Arts and Humanities, the business provides opportunities for graduates in the heritage management industry.

The business is based at The Hive – the University's centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Interns will receive mentoring from leading heritage specialists, whilst working to improve the popularity of some of the region's museums, in places such as Mansfield, Kettering, Rutland county and Bassetlaw, as well as the British Horological Institute and Ayscoughfee Hall.

Charlotte Pratley, Director of Culture Syndicates said: "This funding is a fantastic step forward for Culture Syndicates. Our training model uses live projects to empower trainees and benefit cultural organisations.

"Our links with Nottingham Trent University, particularly The Hive and the heritage department, have provided us with support, inspiration, a skilled workforce, and a secure base for our operations."

The funding will be used to give job opportunities to Masters graduates, with applications open to alumni with business, finance and marketing degrees in order to increase the diversity of skills in the heritage industry. As part of a commitment to fairer entry into the sector, the administration post does not require a Masters qualification.

The funding is being awarded as part of Arts Council England's wider plan to invest £1.17m from its Museum Resilience Fund in 14 projects in the Midlands.

Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England, said: "In the Midlands we're fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museums on our doorstep, housing local histories and national treasures. We believe these museums – and the objects they keep safe – play a vital part in community life, helping us celebrate our heritage, deepening our knowledge of the world around us, and entertaining people of all ages."

He added: "This latest investment is about helping our region's museums become more sustainable businesses so their rich collections can be used and enjoyed for many years to come."

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East Midlands museums to improve after The Hive heritage business wins grant

Published on 12 September 2016
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