RAF Museum to Digitise Records.

EFCF_logo_smThe Museum is pleased to announce that it has received £64,000 to digitise, preserve and provide public access to around 300,000 First World War personnel records as part of a new permanent exhibition.  The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is an £800,000 per year fund to develop collections use. It is run by the Museums Association (MA) and focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Through this fund the MA awards approximately £800,000 per year to museums, galleries and heritage organisations with two grant rounds per year. The fund has been developed from the Esmée Fairbairn Museum and Heritage Collections strand and the MA’s Effective Collections programme. The Museum is to mark the centenary of the First World War by creating a major new exhibition which will tell the less well known story of ’The First War in the Air’ through a diverse range of human stories and exhibits. The new exhibition will, for the first time, use the full range of the Museum’s collections to create a revealing, thought provoking, imaginative and exciting interpretation of not only war stories but also wide ranging stories of human endeavor, skills and innovation. The Museum aims to raise the profile of ‘The First War in the Air’ through a far more active and engaging use of its nationally significant collections. The Esmée Fairbairn grant will enable the Museum to complete the conservation and digitisation of around 300,000 First World War RFC, RNAS and RAF personnel records and enable online and in-gallery public access. The curator heading up the exhibition, Adam Shepherd: “I am incredibly pleased that the RAF Museum has received this award from the Museums Association. The Museum has only partially tapped into its rich and diverse collections in the last 40 years. This grant will enable it to preserve and provide access to more of the collections than ever before and enable the Museum to begin telling the story of the people who served in the Royal Air Force – who there were and what they did.” Sally Colvin, Museums Association: “This project stood out for us because the First World War records are such a captivating glimpse of the people who made the RAF. The Museum’s plan to use the collections to share the stories of these individuals fits perfectly with the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.”
source: The RAF Museum  
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