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Fry Gallery wins Heritage Lottery Fund award

— October 2014

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Edward Bawden, Poster, 1953 © Ealing Studios, Courtesy Fry Gallery

The Fry Gallery – which Cassone readers may remember from Jenny Kingsley's artice on 'the pearl of Essex' last June –  has been awarded £199,000 from the Collecting Cultures programme of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This will enable the Gallery to acquire paintings, prints, and sculpture over a five-year period to enhance and refine the North West Essex Collection.  It will also fund a new website, and allow the Gallery to improve the management of the Collection and reach new audiences through YouTube.

Collecting Cultures is an initiative which supports museums, libraries and archives to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects, such as the one now planned by the Fry Gallery. Grantees plan and produce programmes of targeted purchase and engage a wider range of people with their collections. Collections management and development is core to museums, libraries and archives so through this initiative Collecting Cultures wants to support the strategic acquisition of collections.

The initiative is intended to:

– support the development of collections and their use through strategic acquisition programmes, related research and public programmes

– enhance the professional knowledge and skills of staff working in museums, libraries and archives, and

– use strategic collecting programmes to support the funded museums, libraries and archives to increase resilience as an organization.

(The programme is now closed for applications.)

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