2016 Award Winner

Congratulations to Daniel Jessop of Littleborough who has won the BAFM Travel Award 2016.

There was a strong field for this new Award which has been anonymously donated by a generous BAFM benefactor and we were extremely pleased with the variety of Projects submitted.

Daniel’s entry entitled “A Comparative Study of Friends, Volunteers, Members and Fellows in Tormorden, London and Barcelona in Museums, Institutions and Public Spaces” was the outright winner. He was the guest of BAFM at their National Conference on the 1st of October 2016, at Ironbridge Gorge Museum, where he received his award.

There will be a full report of Daniel’s Project in the Summer 2017 edition of the BAFM Journal and we look forward to reading the results of this exciting comparative study.

Many thanks are extended to all those who took part and BAFM wishes you well in your projects now and in the future.

Anne Stobo – Travel Award Administrator

BAFM announced its exciting new biennial travel award in 2016.

Thanks to the most generous support of an anonymous donor there will be one or more awards totalling up to £2,000 in 2016, and again in 2018 and 2020.

The 2016 Award was won by Daniel Jessop of Littleborough.

Applications are now invited for 2018, from committed volunteers of any age (who devote many hours supporting a museum or gallery), or young professionals who are starting their careers in the museum world.

Funded travel could be within the UK or abroad and winners will 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.

How to apply (2018 Award)

Applicants should 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.

Closing date for submissions is 30 April 2018

The panel of judges will consider the idea behind the proposal, its likely success, and the ‘value for money’ the proposal represents.

Short‐listed applicants will provide references and may be asked to attend an interview. An application for a residential internship must be supported by a provisional invitation from the venue being considered.

A detailed report would be expected after the study period and the winner would be invited, expenses paid, to give a presentation at BAFM Conference.

Download application form here: Bursary form and send with your proposal to:

Anne Stobo,
BAFM Awards Administrator,
21 Albany Hill, Tunbridge Wells,

For general information contact Kate Kuhn

Timetable for 2018 Travel Award

  • 30 April – Closing date for submissions
  • May-July – Judging and interviews
  • 1 September – Winner announced 
  • 1 October – Prize awarded at BAFM National Conference