The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) has been awarded a grant of £231,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a new Post-War Digital Archive and carry out works to drive the future sustainability of the project.
The project has successfully created the world’s largest free-to-access digital collection of WW2 Bomber Command. It will use this experience to create a new archive protecting and preserving the heritage of the Post-War era. This will include recruiting new staff and providing training for new and current volunteers.
Additionally, the funding will also be used to commission an architect to design a state-of-the-art learning facility to be built in the grounds to cater for the demand, which has already seen over 20,000 children on learning visits. The Heritage Fund grant will see the new space designed, necessary surveys carried out, and planning applications prepared.
Nicky van der Drift, Chief Executive of the International Bomber Command Centre, said: “Being awarded this grant is a wonderful piece of news to start off the year. With this funding, we’re able to make a number of improvements to our centre and our team that will help us deliver our mission of remembering, recognising, and reconciling the actions of Bomber Command during the war and afterwards.
“This funding is ultimately a sign of trust that The National Lottery Heritage Fund has in us to continue sharing the stories and experiences of those during the war. That trust wouldn’t be given if it weren’t for the amazing dedication, professionalism, and passion of our team of volunteers and staff, for which I am immensely proud and grateful.”
Nicky continued: “We’re very thankful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and hope visitors will come to the centre soon to see the changes they’re funding at work.”
Robyn Llewellyn, director, England, Midlands and East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We are delighted to be supporting The International Bomber Command Centre with the development of a new digital archive and its plans to build a learning facility.
“This funding, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will ensure that this chapter of the UK’s heritage will continue to be shared and explored by visitors far and wide.”