Project #1 (2017-2020) Building the Digital literacies of UK Museums

Project #1 was a 30 month national digital literacy building project for UK museums of all sizes and types, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), led by The University of Leicester in partnership with Culture24, and delivered together with a range of museums, strategic sector agencies and academic partners. Find more on Project #1 here.

This was designed to help UK museums of any size better define, improve, measure and embed the digital literacy of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. By introducing a new approach to digital literacy, understanding and development, this project created new organisational mindsets in museums to help support their digital transformation needs.

The project also aimed to practically up-skill all staff and volunteers (not just those in technical roles) with comprehensive, ongoing, formal and informal digital learning initiatives covering a range of professional and individual digital literacies, enabling staff to more confidently embed digital skills and knowledge in their work.

For the final 14 months of the project, five Digital Fellows were embedded as action researchers across 6 UK museums – National Galleries Scotland, National Museum Wales, Royal Pavilion & Museum Brighton & Hove, Museum of London, National Army Museum and Derby Museum – where they undertook a range of research interventions based on the specific needs of their partner institution. You can find more information about the Project #1 findings here.

You can find the summary of the 5 phases of Project #1 below:

Other phases of the project