Heritage Doncaster is an organisation in transition and transformation. This journey began in 2013 with the award of the £976,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Doncaster 1914-18 project, which runs from 2014 to July 2019.
The project has helped us to engage with many more audiences through a programme of community outreach across the borough, and has enabled us to work with more volunteers and engage with people digitally through a crowd-sourcing website.
This work has been continued through other grants and service resources – particularly the Arts Council’s Resilience Fund grant which allowed us to develop the service’s volunteering capacity and continue to build on the community engagement of the Doncaster 1914-18 project. We have also improved our digital offer and developed skills amongst staff and volunteers with the aid of this grant.
Through Doncaster 1914-18, Resilience Fund projects, and work with Museums Development Yorkshire, we have been developing our health and well-being offer. This year, we received funding from Arts Council England to become a National Portfolio Organisation and this, along with a grant provided by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, will help us to increase well-being and combat community and individual isolation.
Running alongside this work will be the development and opening in 2020 of a brand new building housing the Library, Museum, Gallery, Archive and Local Studies service. These are exciting times for Heritage Doncaster as we work with partners to develop into a future-proof, contemporary service and work to improve well-being, develop skills and aspirations, engage with communities and raise the profile of heritage across the borough of Doncaster.