British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM) is an independent organisation established in 1973 for Friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites representing more than 200,000 Friends and Volunteers across the UK. It offers a friendly and practical network of support from people with first-hand experience of running Friends organisations, acts as a clearing house for common problems and their solutions, and is a central source of information about Friends for Friends. See www.bafm.co.uk for general information.
BAFM is again offering its bi-annual Travel Award. The winner may be either totally committed volunteers of any age (who devote many hours supporting their museum or gallery) or a young professional who is starting their career in the museum world.
Funded travel could be within the UK or abroad and the winner would spend time at their chosen destination working behind the scenes, in order to extend their experience and make contacts for the future. Alternatively the travel could be in the form of a short duration internship, or the chance to work alongside a respected specialist.
Thanks to the most generous support of an anonymous donor we were able to commence the scheme in 2016. There will be one award of up to a total of £2,000 available on each of three alternate years. This award will be made in the alternate years to BAFM’s Robert Logan Award.
Applicants are asked to submit a short paper of not more than 500 words describing:
- What they hope to achieve by spending time at the particular venue
- The benefits to their career or organisation
- An indication of the total cost of the proposal in their submission.
The panel of judges will consider the idea behind the proposal, its likely success, and the ‘value for money’ the proposal represents.
Shortlisted applicants will provide references and evidence of contacted host groups or organisations. An application for a residential internship must be supported by a provisional invitation from the venue being considered.
The winner will be invited, expenses paid, to the BAFM Conference to receive their prize.
A detailed report of the winning Project will be published in The BAfM Journal after the study period.
Cut off date for submissions 30th April 2018
Winner announced 1st September 2018
Prize awarded at BAfM Conference Autumn 2018
An application form may be downloaded from the BAFM website to send with your proposal to
Anne Stobo, BAfM Awards Administrator,
21 Albany Hill, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3RX email email@example.com
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