This project is run by Open Past. We are a charity, registered in Scotland SC047486, that aims to help advance people’s knowledge and skills regardless of personal circumstances, with a focus on history, heritage and archaeology.
Our typical users experience barriers to in-person education, including those with disabilities, limited funds, or from rural communities and are often people who struggle to access the resources that many take for granted.
Since 2012, we have recorded over 3,500 lectures at seminars, workshops and conferences, and put them online, free for anyone to view. These have been incredibly popular and well used. You can see this work on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08QKQO1qs6OPQs9l1kMQPg/
This project was possible with funding and support from the following organisations:
European Cultural Foundation
Founded in Geneva in 1953, the European Cultural Foundation aims to create a sense of European solidarity and union after centuries of war.
“For the stimulation of the European sentiment, to promote the development and preservation of a feeling of mutual comprehension and democratic solidarity between the peoples of Europe by encouraging cultural and educational activities of common interest.”
The project focused on developing and funding grants that encouraged sharing ideas and education through culture and capacity building. For decades the program has supported thousands of Europeans was grants and funding to bring the continent closer together.
Community Jobs Scotland – SCVO
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is an employability programme delivered by SCVO which works with voluntary sector employers to create job opportunities for unemployed people aged 16 to 29. The programme has a focus on those most disadvantaged in the labour market – those who are care experienced or are carers themselves, early Armed Forces service leavers, those with criminal convictions and those who have disabilities or other health issues – and has already created jobs for 9,000 young people across the country.
This project benefited from a placement through that programme.
Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities
The world’s first national graduate school in the Arts and Humanities, their mission is to work in partnership to offer unparalleled training and support to doctoral researchers in Scotland. SGSAH has supported this project through its paid doctoral internship programme.
Magic Little Grants
We received a Magic Little Grant through the partnership between Localgiving and People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Localgiving is the UK’s leading membership and support network for local charities and community groups. Learn more at https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/ and https://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/