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Collecting Cultures: success for two museums in the South East!

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £5 m funding package to a range of museums, libraries and archives across the UK. Through HLF’s Collecting Cultures programme, 23 organisations, from Glasgow to Brighton, will be able to add to their core collections through strategic purchases.

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “Collecting Cultures is unique: HLF is the only funding body that currently offers this type of advance funding support for museums, libraries and archives. Building on past success, a second incarnation of the initiative is back by popular demand.

“This upfront investment of £5m will enable a diverse range of collections, including children’s literature, robotics, fashion, football and the Black art movement, to be strengthened and enlivened. Curators will be able to ‘go shopping’ with their HLF grant, researching to identify works of art, images and objects that they would like to purchase over the five-year life span of their Collecting Cultures project.”

The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, said: "I’m delighted to see that this fantastic and successful initiative is back. Collecting Cultures is a wonderful opportunity for organisations to further enrich their collections and it’s great to see plans for really fascinating additions to museums, libraries and archives across the country.

We have a vast array of rich and diverse cultural institutions in the UK and its funds like this one that will ensure they have the support to grow from strength to strength.”

Key to the success of the programme is the opportunity for curators to actively seek new additions to their collections rather than wait for items to come to auction.

Among the the most recent 23 successful Collecting Cultures projects are two from the South East:

Royal Pavilion Museums Brighton and Hove, Fashioning Africa (£242,300)
Jane Austen House Museum, Jane Austen Bicentenary Collections Project (£191,600)

The Collecting Cultures programme is now closed for applications.