In fantastic news for the UK collections community, the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a further investment of £5m in a new phase of its successful Collecting Cultures programme.
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Collections Trust has welcomed the Heritage Lottery Fund’s announcement that they will now accept proposals for projects whose sole or primary focus is digital engagement. The HLF has stated that content produced by funded projects should be made openly available for re-use.At British Museum this morning the Fund launched its new 5-year HLF Strategic Framework titled “A Lasting Difference for Heritage and People”, which commits annual funding of £375m to heritage initiatives. The Framework will also require projects above £2m to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability through the use of an innovative Carbon Footprint calculator.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that for the first time it will accept funding proposals whose 'sole or primary focus is digital engagement'. They have also committed to ensuring that where their funding is used to generate digital content, that content should be made freely available for creative re-use.
Working with the Arts Council England, the Collections Trust has created a service called the 'Culture Grid' that is designed to help cultural, heritage and arts organisations share their collections openly online while managing risk and cost. The Culture Grid is effectively a 'staging post' into which you can put your digital content, and from which you can decide how you want it to be made openly available.
Many organisations considering submitting funding proposals to the HLF will need to consider the implications of making their digital content openly available for re-use. This brief paper has been created to help you consider the opportunities and the challenges, and to provide some examples of other heritage institutions that have opened up their collections in this way.