Heritage Lottery Fund have published the final reports of the¬†Impact Evaluation of the Collecting Cultures Initiative delivered by DC Research.¬† The Evaluation¬†investigates how well the programme¬†met its aims, and its overall impact, and includes case studies of all 22 projects.
The reports show whether, and how, the museums demonstrated a step change in their collections development, how strategic collecting¬† impacted on overall collections development and the degree to which the museum‚Äôs project improved professional knowledge and skills.
The Collecting Cultures programme was established partly in response to a number of developments around collections development in the museums sector. It¬†provided funding to enable institutions to build collections strategically through acquisitions over a period of time. The programme awarded grants to 22 projects totalling ¬£3.14 million, supporting the aims of (i) the development and use of all types of collection; (ii) a broad geographic distribution of projects across the UK; and (iii) projects in a broad range of types and sizes of museum.
A successor programme was announced in 2014, with another 23 museums, libraries and archives benefitting from a ¬£5million HLF investment.