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Recipients of ICOM UK – Heritage Without Borders European travel grants announced

By Adrian Murphy. Main Image: Shipley Art Gallery, whose Tintoretto painting will be compared to its counterpart at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid as part of the ICOM UK - HWB's travel grant scheme. Photograph courtesy of Chronicle Live

The ICOM UK – Heritage Without Borders Greater Europe Travel Grant scheme will enable six non-national museums and galleries to visit Europe before the end of 2017 to develop potential projects and partnerships with their European colleagues

The second round of applications will open in January 2018

ICOM UK, with support from the now defunct Heritage Without Borders (HWB), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel to Europe and greater Europe to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.

The ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships in Europe and greater Europe and priority is given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international work.

These include Ana Teresa Flynn, Painting Conservation Officer at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM), who will be making a trip to the Museo Del Prado to consult staff and records on Tintoretto’s painting Christ washing the disciple’s feet. Both the Prado and Shipley Art Gallery, part of TWAM, have versions of the painting in their collections and Flynn will compare technical research data collected by each institution, forge partnerships and also raise the profile of Shipley Art Gallery’s collection.

Jacopo Tintoretto's painting Christ washing the disciple’s feet. Originally painted for the church of San Marcuolo in Venice, then given to St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle and purchased by Tyne & Wear Museums in 1986. Photograph courtesy of Shipley Art Gallery

The total budget available for the Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200 with grants of up to £700 per organisation or consortium considered.

The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Photograph courtesy of Museo Del Prado

Each grant recipient will be required to write a report about the visit that will be published as case studies in the Resources section of the ICOM UK website.

ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme:

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is also offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to undertake international visits beyond the EU and greater Europe.

The ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.  The Global Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.  Just like the ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant Scheme, priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international work.

The total budget available for the Global Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium.

The deadline for the first round of applications is October 13, 2017 for travel taking place by June 30, 2018.