MLA Museums Without Barriers
In September 2007, Kevin Flude (with help from Karen Howell and Sarah Chaney), received a grant of £3,443.85 on behalf of the museum from MLA London. This grant aims to improve access to the museum, allowing for access training for the staff, improvement of displays (including braille and tactile panels), a hearing loop for the front desk, clearer street level signage and a wheelchair ramp for the front step.
D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust - Education Co-ordinator Grant
In July 2007, Sarah Chaney and Karen Howell (on behalf of the museum), received a grant of £4,000 from the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, to cover the salary of a part-time education co-ordinator for the Museum.
As an independent museum, the Old Operating Theatre is funded predominantly by admission revenue and staffing levels are low. All staff are engaged in the education service, via talks and activity sessions with schools. However, the Museum is always seeking to drive its education programme forward, both in-house and through partnerships with external organisations. In the past year, projects have included involvement with Oval House Theatre’s “Back On Track” programme to return excluded teenagers to mainstream education (through MLA London’s “Youth Consultants” project), and Southwark Playhouse Education Service, via medical dramas “A Bloodless Field”. Maintaining and developing these, and other, education and community partnerships is extremely difficult with such a small staff team and therefore this funding will provide the museum with a part-time Education Co-ordinator, who will develop partnerships promoting access to the arts, both within the community and hard to reach education groups.
Museums & Heritage Award For Excellence
“Tales From The Crypt” received a Museums & Heritage Award For Excellence in the category of “Project On A Limited Budget” in 2007. To find out more about the project that won this prestigious award, click here.
MLA London Collections Care Grant
A Support Grant for Environmental Monitoring Control was made by Museums, Archives, Libraries, London (MLA) via their Collections Care Funding Programme 2006-2007. The grant provided the Museum with a computerised Microsoft‘TinyTag’ Environmental System at a cost of £264.00.
ALM London Collections Care Grant
An award of £1,180 was made by ALM London (now MLA London) via their Collections Care Funding Programme 2005-2006 to purchase conservation packing materials and a specialist conservation removal firm to move the collection from garret to crypt during roof restoration.
Foyle Foundation - Education- Pack Grant
In 2005, Leonie Hannan and Karen Howell, on behalf of the museum, received a grant of £6,000 from the Foyle Foundation towards a new Education Pack, as described below.
Our Blood - Foyle Foundation Project
The pack provides an attractive, accessible resource that can both consolidate a Museum visit or be utilised independently by the teacher, student or independent researcher. 'Our Blood', by using the rich historical evidence provided by the Old Operating Theatre and ancient site of St Thomas's Hospital, uniquely illustrates the key themes of the GCSE History syllabus, Medicine through Time. Incorporating high quality colour images and unpublished archive material, the pack provides the opportunity for direct source work alongside National Curriculum based teaching resources. In particular, the pack brings to life the major medical advances of anaesthesia, antiseptics and aseptic procedures, which transformed public health, surgery and hospital care in the nineteenth century. Details of how to purchase the 'Our Blood' resource pack can be found on the Shop page.