#SupportOurMuseums crowdfunders get under way - Museums Association

#SupportOurMuseums crowdfunders get under way

From keeping the oldest vessel on the Clyde afloat to illuminating Clifton Suspension Bridge, museums are raising money for a diverse range of projects through the UK-wide #SupportOurMuseums crowdfunding campaign.

The Museums Association has teamed up with Crowdfunder to help our institutional members navigate the challenges of the Covid pandemic by raising money through individual crowdfunding campaigns.

So far, 18 campaigns have attracted more than £28,270 in pledges between them. Many museums are using the crowdfunding platform to help them keep going during the current crisis. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (pictured above) is fundraising to keep core activities going, care for its collections and facilities, and continue community work in the current times.

The volunteer-run Louth Museum is fundraising to make up for the shortfall in its visitors and income, while Tetbury Police Museum is asking for donations to enable it to reopen safely.

The new Museum of Oxford, which is due to open its doors in 2021, is asking for support to ensure it can regain some ground and open as planned after the pandemic caused delays to development work at the venue.

Reading Museum is developing online resources for schoolchildren

A number of museums are using the platform to raise money for learning and community work; Reading Museum is hoping to raise £6,000 to continue developing online resources for schoolchildren, including a virtual session for children to see the museum’s 19th-century replica of the Bayeux Tapestry.  

Wiltshire Museum is fundraising to sustain “curiosity and creativity” through its core community activities. St George’s Museum of Human Disease is hoping to raise £2,000 to support online art classes to explore the “art of disease”.

A number of museums are using the crowdfunding opportunity for more specific projects; Clifton Suspension Bridge is hoping to “spread joy across the city” by illuminating the iconic bridge in spring next year. It hopes the project will create a Covid-secure spectacle for the people of Bristol, who can select their preferred colour for the illumination when they pledge.

The Scottish Maritime Museum is fundraising for £15,000 to help it keep the Kyles – the oldest vessel on the Clyde river – afloat, and the Peace Museum in Bradford is hoping to raise £20,000 to fund its move to a more spacious and accessible premises.

Institutional members can still sign up to be part of the #SupportOurMuseums campaign. Every penny you raise will go straight to your museum – why not sign up today?