The Beaverbrook Foundation is a UK registered charity, established in 1954 by the first Lord Beaverbrook. It supports a variety of causes in the United Kingdom and Canada.
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.
Film and Video
Film and Video Curator, Sarah Wyatt, has made the Collections more accessible, providing material for museum displays as well as putting films online through 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.
In December 2014, Helen Williams was appointed as part-time Archivist for the Trust. Helen continued the work begun by her predecessor, Thomas Barnes. This included completing a collection audit and continuing to expand the archive catalogue and to make it available online. Their work has greatly improved the standards of collections care in the Motoring Archives.
In 2015, a further grant was kindly agreed by The Beaverbrook Foundation to fund the role of the Film and Video Curator for another two years.