HLF offers £5m in new round of 'Collecting Cultures' programme 13/12/2013

HLF offers £5m in new round of ‘Collecting Cultures’ programme

HLF has announced a further £5m for a scheme to allow museums to develop their collections with targeted acquisitions and an emphasis on enhancing knowledge, skills and public engagement. 

Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries and Archives at HLF, said “HLF’s Collecting Cultures was a ground-breaking scheme when it was launched in 2007.  It enabled applicants for the first time to purchase what they needed to develop collections strategically. Initially designed for museums, Collecting Cultures is back and has been extended to include archives and libraries.”

The Collections Trust added: "In a time when it is very difficult to secure direct investment in strategic collections development, the new investment in Collecting Cultures is a great leap forward.  The first phase allowed participating museums not only to acquire works, but to take a hard look at the way they collect and the broader benefits of developing a collection and its associated knowledge.  We could not be more delighted at the news.”

Grants are from 50k–500k and applications must be received by noon on 2nd May 2014 for decisions in September.  HLF, Collections Trust