Vital museum projects, funded by you

29/01/2021

Recently we announced lots more projects at museums across the UK made possible by our emergency funding. Read on to take a closer look at some of this inspirational and much-needed activity, happening thanks to you.

Your generous donations to #TogetherForMuseums will mean that many more museums can make essential and exciting projects like these a reality. Thank you for helping us to support museums when they need it most.


Your support is helping lots of museums to do more digitally, so that they can keep connecting with people during lockdown and beyond.

Contemporary art centre CCA Derry will be creating paid opportunities for artists to take part in digital residencies, podcasts and more, while the National Justice Museum in Nottingham will be able to develop a building tour for their website, so that people can explore the museum from home.

In Manchester, the People’s History Museum will help people to explore ‘ideas worth fighting for’ with an online and onsite programme, taking forward some of the digital activity they’ve been experimenting with during the pandemic.

And Cornwall Museums Partnership are going to be working with a tech company to help them upskill staff, digitise their collections and more.

National Justice Museum, Shire Hall Tour, © Shawn Ryan

Our emergency funding is also helping museums to champion underrepresented voices and improve cultural representation.

The Museum of East Anglian Life will be bringing people from different communities together to have a say in shaping the museum’s future, while Autograph gallery in London are commissioning three artists who are members of the Afro-European diaspora to create new work for the gallery’s collection.

© Andy Smith

Crucially, your support is also helping museums to create opportunities for their staff and future talent at this extremely challenging time.

Arts and education charity Culture& will be using their funding to develop a residency programme for 2020 graduates who are looking to develop careers in museums.

New roles at David Parr House in Cambridge and Rhayader Museum and Gallery will help both museums boost their digital activity. And at Museum Nan Eilean in Stornoway, a new Digital Engagement Heritage Officer will work bilingually in Gaelic and English, connecting with people online and onsite when the museum can reopen again.

© Marc Atkins

Finally, your support is helping museums to keep on reaching out and uniting communities.

London’s Cinema Museum are inviting local people to be involved in their reopening, which will help the museum collaborate more closely with the community in future.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery have been awarded funding to engage with 'at risk' communities as well as form a plan to redevelop the museum, the oldest in Derby, so that it stays relevant for them.

And last but not least, in Birmingham the Barber Institute of Fine Arts are going to be creating an arts, health and wellbeing programme to the benefit of local people.


This is just a flavour of the kind of activity that your support enables.

Thank you for supporting #TogetherForMuseums – every donation, of any size, is helping museums to come through the Covid-19 crisis with creativity.

New rewards by Jeremy Deller, Howard Hodgkin and Cornelia Parker are now available in support of the campaign. If you know someone who’d love to join Together for Museums but hasn’t donated yet, please spread the word.

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