The North Craven Building Preservation Trust has received grants of £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to transform the understanding of the Museum of North Craven Life’s collections and £100,000 from Arts Council England to increase community engagement.
The funding will enable a series of projects over the next three years, focused on better documenting, understanding and explaining more than 20,000 objects held by the museum. The Arts Council England Unlocking Collections award funds museum staff and volunteers to work with the wider Craven community to capture information about the collections donated since the museum was founded in 1976, and to gather local knowledge, skills, beliefs and language that might otherwise be lost.
The projects will begin in September with the appointment of three new staff, who will work with volunteers on a complete audit of the collections, funded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Dynamic Collections scheme. The museum is aiming to encourage people across North Craven to add vital information to the records of everything that has been collected to date and to understand why it was important to the donors that these items should be saved for posterity.
We will be inviting anyone who would like to get involved with the project to get in touch to find out more about this exciting new venture to develop the museum as an asset for future generations.