Culture Grid


Last modified: May 25, 2010

The Culture Grid offers access to a unique and growing range of UK collections information from many different collecting organisations.

It contains over 2 million records from over 100 UK collections, covering a huge range of topics and periods.

Records mostly refer to images but also text, audio and video resources and are mostly about museum and gallery objects with library, archive and other kinds of collections also included.

The records have been created for many different purposes in many different ways over many years, via a range of funding sources, including Renaissance in the Regions; the Lottery and Higher Education and Research Council funding.

The Culture Grid brings these together and opens them up to new audiences and services: adding value to and increasing the impact of UK collections information

These are some of the many organisations and collections that have already added to the Culture Grid:

  • The British Library (Collect Britain)
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (all online collections)
  • Manchester City Galleries (online collections)
  • Derby County Council (lead, Picture the Past)
  • The Geffrye Museum (Online collections)
  • Lambeth Archives (Lambeth Landmark)
  • Museum of London (lead Exploring 20th Century London)
  • Leeds City Council, Library and Information Service (Leodis Photographic Archive)
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (online collections)
  • Government Art Collection (online collections)
  • Seven Stories The Centre for Children’s Books (online collections)
  • English Heritage (Viewfinder)
  • University for the Creative Arts (lead, Visual Arts Data Service)
  • University Museums in Scotland (Hidden Collections project)

If you wish to join with them to get the benefits of the Culture Grid for your collections the first step is to tell us about the collections information you could add to the Culture Grid.  We shall then get back to you to discuss options and next steps.