Cultural heritage to be included in European funding programme - Museums Association

Cultural heritage to be included in European funding programme

Amendment follows petition by museum professionals
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An €80bn European Commission funding programme could now include cultural heritage as a priority area following a petition coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute.

Running from 2014 to 2020, Horizon 2020 is a funding programme for research and innovation to help the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Cultural heritage was originally omitted from the funding proposals. But following more than 6,000 cultural heritage professionals signing the petition it will now be included, subject to the agreement of the overall European Union budget.

The funding for cultural heritage will focus on the contribution of culture to research excellence, social cohesion and growth.

The amended proposal notes “the importance of cultural heritage as a strong economic driver in a post-industrial economy and its contribution to sustainable economic growth”.

Nick Poole, chief executive officer at the Collections Trust, welcomed the news: “This is a tremendous step forward, and a real recognition of the contribution the cultural heritage community makes to securing Europe’s position as a global leader in research and innovation.”

The two areas where this funding is likely to benefit museums are collections-based research and digitisation, Poole added.

The Collections Trust is collaborating with Visiting Arts to make information about this funding available to museums and other interested organisations. 

Poole said: “We are not yet out of the woods, though. In order to secure this very significant financial opportunity for our museums, galleries, libraries and archives we have to hope that negotiations over the EU budget will be concluded quickly.”

More information about European funding on Collections Link

Update

This article was amended on 17/12/2012. The third paragraph previously read: "Cultural heritage was originally omitted from the funding proposals. But following more than 6,000 museum and gallery professionals signing the petition, it will now be included."



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