The Beaverbrook Foundation is a UK registered charity, established in 1954 by the first Lord Beaverbrook.
Beaverbrook was a giant of the British 20th Century political scene. He owned the Daily Express newspaper group, and among numerous achievements, sat on the War Cabinet in both World Wars.
The Beaverbrook Foundation supports a variety of causes in the United Kingdom and Canada, including preserving heritage buildings and supporting charitable appeals. Three lifeboats have been given to the British RNLI, and over 750 separate charitable bodies have received grants over the last fifty years.
The Foundation has also been entrusted with important collections of political papers and cartoons, which are being looked after for future generations.
In October 2012, The Beaverbrook Foundation generously provided the National Motor Museum Trust with funding for three years to employ two members of staff to work with the Film & Video and Motoring Archive Collections.
Both have had key roles in helping the Trust to deliver core work and to enhance current standards in collections management over the next three years.
Sarah Wyatt was recruited to the full-time post of Film & Video Curator. This post was been newly created in 2013 and over the course of her initial three years Sarah has made the Film and Video Collection more accessible, providing material for museum displays as well as putting films online on the Ford Heritage YouTube channel. She has also been busy with her team of volunteers carrying out a detailed inventory of the collection which has also given the opportunity to improve standards of collections care, which enables enhanced long-term preservation.
In December 2014, Helen Williams was appointed as part-time Archivist for the Trust. Helen continued the work begun by her predecessor, Thomas Barnes, who was the first archivist in post under the Beaverbrook Partnership. Helen has built upon Thomas's collection audit and continued to expand the archive catalogue and to make it available online. Both their work has greatly improved the standards of collections care in the Motoring Archives. Helen moved to a new role outside of the National Motor Museum Trust in January 2016.
In 2015, a further grant was kindly agreed by The Beaverbrook Foundation to fund the role of the Film & Video Curator for another two years. Sarah will continue to work on her key priorities of improvements to collections care, cataloguing and access to the Film & Video Collection.
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