New Funding News November 2021
The award-winning MultakaOxford project has received landmark new funding. A generous £1million donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies will allow this innovative project at Oxford University's Pitt Rivers Museum and History of Science Museum to run for a further five years. The new five-year programme was announced at a signing ceremony attended by HRH Princess Lamia bint Made Saud al Saud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) at the University of Oxford, Dr Silke Ackermann, Directory of the History of Science Museum and Dr Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Alwaleed Philanthropies are an international philanthropic organisation collaborating with a range of philanthropic, governmental and educational organisations across 189 countries to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education. For the last 40 years, their work has sought to innovate and foster a new meaning of peace and inclusiveness through education, art and conversational exchange through communities.
The funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies will enable the Museums to recruit, train and support a new team of 200 volunteers from across Oxfordshire to work with a range of collections - such as textiles, objects and material from the Photographic and Sound Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum and scientific instruments from the Islamic World at the History of Science Museum, as well as delivering events, leading tours and object handling sessions and co-curating displays sharing artefacts from the Islamic world.
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