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Opening Archives: An open call to archives and communities

The Audience Agency have launched an exciting new call out for community organisations and archive services to submit proposals for a programme of funding and support. Opening Archives will bring communities and archives closer together using digital technology.

What are they looking for?

10 to 15 action research projects for an exciting new opportunity funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage. It is offering funding and support for projects, that use digital technology in some way to engage communities with archiving or archive collections.

Each successful project will receive:

  • A £1,000 to £5,000 grant to support a new activity or piece of work that uses digital technology to engage communities with archives or archiving.
  • Training and development to help get your idea off the ground and support to evaluate the outcomes of your project.
  • A mentor who will offer one-to-one guidance, expertise and support through individually tailored sessions.

What kind of project?

Your project should demonstrate how digital technology can enrich and widen engagement with archive collections. Action-research means delivering a project or activity which is exploring an idea, taking a risk or experimenting with new approaches, the results of which are tracked, including understanding the unpredictable outcomes. The important thing is that an archive (or new archive) and a community collaborate to try out something new.

They are particularly interested in projects that represent and include under-served communities.

For this opportunity, the applying organisation must be based in England.

Further details can be found on their website.

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