The Foundling Museum is one of fifteen museums that have been awarded a total of £367,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund for projects that bring people closer to collections at a time when physical access to museums is restricted.
Our project Shared Stories: Shared Voices will engage audiences at the heart of the Founding Museum’s story, creating new perspectives through the voices of these people whose stories illuminate our Collections. Participants in the project will include former Foundling Hospital pupils, graduates of Tracing Our Tales (our training programme with young care leavers), plus volunteers. Digital channels will be used to share their stories and voices about collection objects they’ve chosen.
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, in May the Museums Association launched Sustaining Engagement with Collections, a new £350,000 funding stream with a quick turnaround to support innovative interventions with collections during the Covid-19 crisis. With 145 applications, the programme was heavily oversubscribed and the available funding was raised to £367,000 to meet this demand. All of the projects will be completed within twelve months. We are delighted to have been chosen as a funding recipient and look forward to sharing the results of our project with you in due course.