Over the last six months Art Fund’s emergency funding has enabled museums to respond to the Covid-19 crisis with creativity – facilitating everything from outdoor exhibitions to learning resources for home-schooling.
Your donation to #TogetherForMuseums will mean that we can fund many more museum projects like these across the UK.
Here’s a look at some of the most recent projects we’ve funded, to give you a flavour of what your support makes possible.
The exciting projects we’ve recently funded all show the creativity, resilience and community spirit of museums across the country.
Among them is the Roald Dahl Museum’s project to take their wonderful archive online, giving thousands of students digital access to the famous writer’s records. Similarly, Waltham Abbey plan to expand their digital activities for families, schools and care homes, developing ways that these groups can interact with the museum in person and from home.
South London Gallery will be creating online resources on the Black Lives Matter movement, while Bristol Museum & Art Gallery are developing a new digital portal to tell the story of the city’s history and collections. Following the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol earlier this year there’s been a growing appetite for information on the city’s history, and this new tech will enable visitors to interact with the museum’s collections using their own devices in place of the gallery’s interactives, which have been decommissioned.
Meanwhile, the Postal Museum in London are also adapting and upgrading their interactive equipment, to ensure a safe – but still exciting – visitor experience.
Collaborating with communities and young people is a prominent theme. In the North West, Lakeland Arts will be taking objects out to people in remote Cumbrian communities, while the Garstang Museum of Archaeology plan to partner with other museums in the region to create a virtual 3D museum experience.
Cultural space Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham are going to be recruiting a Youth Advisory Board to help them reach more people, while the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley will be producing a series of animated features and podcasts for children to champion Black Country history.
There are lots more projects besides, but lastly we’ll mention Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, who’ll be focusing on commissioning early- and mid-career BAME artists, supporting their youth group members, and giving audiences the chance to engage both at the museum and digitally.
This is just a taster of the kind of activity that your support enables.
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