NLHF gives £1m support to 17 projects to support digital volunteering 3 Dec 2021

NLHF has given £1m to 17 projects which support volunteers to contribute and develop digital skills in museum and heritage settings. The work is part of its Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, with opportunities both online and in person. Projects include:

  • Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust will train 50 new volunteers to help develop new digital experiences, alongside local partners including the University of Brighton. Volunteers will learn skills including narrative design, audio editing and interviewing, and will create a new audio guide for Preston Manor including its history and reputation as a haunted house and an AI-driven one minute storytelling app, based around museum objects.
  • At Manchester Museum volunteers will help develop a Multilingual Digital Platform to showcase Manchester’s linguistic diversity and foster pride in that heritage. It will pilot a new approach to remote volunteering, engaging volunteers from across the city and beyond to contribute digital content in multiple languages. Volunteers will acquire skills to digitise objects and collect interpretations and personal responses to collections. Digitising Multilingual Heritage will launch in early 2022, to find out more or register your interest please email [email protected].
  • Work by VocalEyes to train 30 to 50 d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people to ensure museum and heritage websites are accessible, including by benchmarking and running tests.

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