Most cultural heritage organizations have many projects but limited resources available (funds, time, or staff). We meet with you to discuss and prioritize projects that you might have already planned or help you see the potential of your collections and imagine possibilities.
We can work with you to:
- Seek local and international grants to fund your projects
- Develop winning proposals for these projects
- Assess your collections in ways that will be attractive to grant-making agencies
- Select people to create efficient teams in order to execute the projects
- Manage awarded grants and complete projects in an accountable and timely manner
- Reach new, diverse audiences through innovative public history projects
Sample projects we can help you with:
- Processing uncatalogued collections or updating existing inventories
- Processing collections is done in two steps. First, records are physically organized to reflect the intellectual pattern present in the material. Following arrangement, information about the collection’s contents, physical characteristics, context, use, and purpose is captured and compiled in a finding aid, or guide to the collection.
- Digitization of collections
- Digitizing material and providing online access has the following benefits:
- It opens your holdings to more users, whether you choose to make them available online or through terminals at your institution
- It protects material from constant handling, thus extending their lifetime
- It provides a surrogate in case of a natural or other disaster
- “Teaching with Special Collections”
- Your organization might hold collections that can be used for “Teaching with primary sources” modules in many courses in high schools and the university, such as History, Literature, Art History, Sociology, Political Sciences, Cultural Studies, etc.
- Student assignments and papers using your collections can be used to further contextualize your collections and help shed light to material contained within.
- Develop physical exhibits
- Your collections offer various thematic clusters (either by artist, or by subject) that can be promoted as temporary physical exhibits.
- Develop digital exhibits
- Digitized material from your collection can be used to develop digital exhibits that will promote your institution.
- Digital public history projects
- You can use and show your collections in innovative ways through mobile walking tours, augmented reality or virtual reality applications. Such applications bring history to the public in ways that appeal to younger audiences, as well as to visiting tourists.
Please write or call us to learn how you can make a difference in your community by using your holdings.