Archive for April, 2016

NEWS: £4 million grants announced for English Museums and Galleries

Friday, April 29th, 2016

£4 million grants announced for English Museums and Galleries under DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

Grants will allow institutions across the country to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces

Grants totalling £4 million have been awarded to improve displays and facilities at museums and galleries across England, Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, announced today.

The grants, jointly funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation, will be used for renovation and improvement projects in 39 museums and galleries.

It will allow institutions across the country to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, said:

Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions.

We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.

I applaud the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity in once again matching the Government’s investment pound for pound in this important work.

Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said:

This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country’s museum collections. From Egyptian mummies in Leicester to a Roman fort on Tyneside, this is a gloriously diverse set of projects – but all demonstrate excellence and all will improve the visitor experience.

In announcing these awards I also want to pay tribute to Giles Waterfield. He was a brilliant advisor to the programme from its inception and sparkled at an expert panel meeting in the very week in which he tragically and unexpectedly died. We all owe him a great deal.



NEWS: Zooming-in on Manx National Heritage’s Collections

Friday, April 29th, 2016

iMuseum Logo

Manx National Heritage, the organisation responsible for protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s heritage and culture, has come up with a brand new iMuseum giving its online audiences an even better view of the nation’s history and collections.

As well as the collections, the iMuseum is the Isle of Man’s definitive online family history resource with free access to fully-searchable names indexes transcribed from original archives.  Working with Knowledge Integration (  and Gooii ( on an elastic search index and WordPress solution, Manx National Heritage’s iMuseum now offers more exciting and flexible ways of searching, sorting and displaying the nation’s collections, including easy ‘share this’ social media links, a collecitons blog and a real-time visitor comments facility.  But perhaps most exciting in this new phase of iMuseum is the release for the first time of zoomable images.  Drawing directly from high-resolution digital images, users can zoom-in on thousands of images from the Photographic Archive and Art Collection.

iMuseum sees Manx National Heritage join a recognised online heritage community with Knowledge Integration delivering similar solutions to the Museum of London, Royal Museums Greenwich, National Museum Wales, Imperial War Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and Norfolk Museums Service.  iMuseum shares its collections with a number of online partners including Art-UK, Archives Hub, Archaeology Data Service, Ancestry and FamilySearch.

In the next few months iMuseum will incorporate responsive design making it better suited to smart phone and tablet technology and the island’s important motorsport database for the annual TT and Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races recording riders and races (1907-2015) will be added to iMuseum, celebrating a remarkable sporting heritage.

Edmund Southworth, Director, Manx National Heritage, says:

“iMuseum is an excellent opportunity for us to manage and make our extensive collections more accessible to the Manx public as well as an off island audience.  It extends the reach and potential audience for our collections and offers us a greater ability to effectively promote ourselves worldwide and create a platform for a greater understanding of the Island’s heritage and culture.”

For more information about iMuseum or to offer feedback, contact Jude Dicken (MNH Collections Information Officer):