The Working Internationally Regional Project is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally. The grants could work for those museums that have international ambitions but are struggling to find the money for international travel or are developing a project or partnership but need to meet face-to-face with international partners to move things forward.

The travel grants will also enable recipients to undertake an international research visit to a museums or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face.  The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world.

WIRP is currently holding workshops around the country that provide case studies from museums that have worked internationally and provide resources and discussions for those museums that are interested in doing so. This is the second year of the workshops, which are organised by the International Council of Museums UK in partnership with the British Council, the National Museum Directors’ Council, Heritage without Borders and the Association of Independent Museums.

Set up in April 2014, with regional workshops taking place between September 2014 and January 2015, the project is funded by ACE.  The next workshop, Working with India, will take place at Imperial War Museum on 9 November.

The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000. Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium. The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded here.

Deadline for applications: 12pm on Friday 30 October and successful applicants will be notified the week commencing 16 November 2015. For any questions about the scheme, contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator – [email protected]

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Tullie House Museum’s object handling with officials at Imperial Decree Museum. Photos courtesy of Tullie House