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Launch of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Meet the Collection Project

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £94,800 (ninety four thousand and eight hundred pounds) for an exciting new heritage project, Meet the Collection, which will see two portable and immersive pop-up exhibitions ‘I am a Museum’ and ‘I am an Archive’ go on tour across the Royal borough of Greenwich, facilitated by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust staff, artists and volunteers.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the sharing of local stories through objects and artefacts from the extraordinary collections under the care of the trust. The tour will visit settings across Royal Greenwich to meet communities at their local library, community centre, park, church or heritage building.

Each display of curious artefacts will encourage conversations about the history of Royal Greenwich through a tactile display where doors and drawers open to reveal treasures from the borough collections and archive. Each pop-up will offer visitors activities that include object handling and creative workshops in response to the collection.

The tour will culminate in a celebratory community take-over exhibition, ‘We are a Museum Collection & Archive’ at Charlton House & Gardens. This playful celebration will display the creative responses collected on tour, inviting the public to see the community’s artwork alongside our objects and artefacts. Throughout the project, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust will collect public feedback through photography, postcard comments and video.

Stuart Hobley, Area Director for London & South from The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to support Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust to build upon their ongoing audience development work through a project to share their collections more widely. Thanks to National Lottery players, they will be creating two touring exhibtions to take their collections out and about to local community and heritage sites, allowing them to engage people across the borough with the stories these objects have to tell.”

Tracy Stringfellow, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust said “We are thrilled to have been awarded a generous grant and received this support thanks to National Lottery players. This is an exciting project and period for the trust to be in conversation with the communities of Royal Greenwich about the collections of the borough, to further explore the richness of their heritage, bringing their history to their doorstep.”

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