Hastings Digital Museum gets funding for rest of 2021

Hastings Museum & Art GalleryHastings Museum & Art Gallery
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has received funding from Art Fund and Arts Council England to continue Hastings Digital Museum throughout 2021.

Hastings Digital Museum started in March 2020 during the first lockdown. It aims to give people access to meaningful cultural activities using the museum’s collections and resources.

Throughout 2020 the museum produced online immersive games; community art projects; workshops; courses; children and family activities. It also collected Covid-19 journals and commissioned responses to the Black Lives Matters movement and supported groups like Arts on Prescription.

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Hastings Digital Museum activities have reached well over 2 million people.

To continue the work, the museum has received grants funded by Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine programme and Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.

Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, is delighted the museum has received the grant: “This funding means that over the rest of 2021 Hastings Museum & Art Gallery can work with creative freelancers to create more amazing online content for people of all ages to enjoy.

“The museum is currently looking for freelancers with good ideas to work with.

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“It also means the museum can continue to work with Starlings Music Group and Arts on Prescription. The museum’s loans boxes will be updated, and new blended learning workshops introduced.

“Every box will include a 3D scans of objects along with an entire digital loans box about Native North American people.

“The loans boxes will be available for borrow by schools and home educators. The museum’s website will be updated and become the hub for all of the museum’s digital activities and resources, making it a much more user-friendly experience.”