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Fitzwilliam Museum's AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowships

An image of Userhat in the Gayer Anderson gallery

This project which is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) brings together three key actors in the heritage ecosystem:

When combined they provide three essential perspectives that will enable us to choose and drive forward four early career researcher (ECR) projects that will lead to enhanced collaborations that benefit the creative economy. The University of Cambridge is home to a nucleus of world leading collections under the banner of University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and this project will aim to enable innovation across the group.

The efficacy of this type of partnership can be developed during this project to refine engagement models for the future. A particular challenge for businesses selling into the cash-strapped heritage industry is access to customers; in this project the Fitzwilliam Museum will be in the unique position of being both a research partner and the provider of invaluable input as a potential customer/end user for heritage industry products.

By providing a shared base within a museum and through partnership with industrial collaborators, the researchers will benefit from exposure to two new contexts in which their research could be used. The ECRs will also be able to apply their expertise to a live challenge and foster cross-sectoral information sharing and awareness-raising both during this project and in their future careers.

Our partners bring very unique skillsets to the Museum. ThinkSee3D and Museum in a Box are innovators in joining heritage with digital. This site will document our 2019 journey of collaborations, events and products.

This project is grant AH/S012583/1 part of the Development Grants Scheme. It starts on January 1st 2019 and finishes on December 31st 2019.

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