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  • A map of the UK with dots showing the locations of the Archives & Access Partnerships
    Map of the Archives & Access Learning Outreach Programme
  • A pupil writes on a whiteboard
    Training and Practice Sharing in London, Stories Uncovered project
  • A member of Tate's archive leads a group around the archive, showing an item
    Young people visiting Tate Archive, Stories Uncovered project
  • Three visitors look at an opened sketchbook in Tate's archive
    Young people visiting Tate Archive, Stories Uncovered project
  • A man talks into a microphone at a conference
    Participatory rehearsal and performance, South Wales, Mining Josef Herman project

The Archives & Access learning outreach programme is one of the ways in which Tate is exploring how people might interact and learn with the newly digitised archive collections and the new Albums feature and resources on the website. The programme runs from 2013–17 and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The programme is a collaborative partnership between Tate and five lead partner organisations across the UK. These are the Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru in Ystradgynlais; Young People’s Programme at Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Turner Contemporary in Margate. 

Tailored projects led by artists at each partner organisation explore local and national heritage and examine how Tate’s online archive collections and local archives can be used for learning with and about art, artists and heritage. 

The partners work with their own network of organisations in their local area, which include county archive services and national collections to schools, youth groups and local heritage societies. These collaborative projects enable them to devise events and workshops and develop digital resources, artworks and participatory activities. Details of each project are listed below.


A group sit and look at some print outs in a Learning Outreach discussion
Training and Practice Sharing in South Wales, Mining Josef Herman project

Mining Josef Herman: September 2013 – September 2015

The Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru worked with schools and community groups to explore Tate’s archive of sketches by the Polish refugee artist Josef Herman and the impact that the town and people of Ystradgynlais had on his work. 

All About Us: April 2015 – December 2015

Tate Liverpool worked in collaboration with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to engage children, young people, teachers and hospital staff in exploring archival materials from Tate and Liverpool Medical Institution archives. The project explored the theme of Transition and related it to the heritage of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, artistic practice, and everyday life. 

Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives: October 2015 – June 2016

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are working with a wide range of audiences including school groups and an intergenerational project to consider the changing landscape of the North East through documentary archival forms, particularly photography. 

On Margate Sands: November 2015 – June 2016

Turner Contemporary are working with a network of local partners to enable members of the community to explore Margate’s history and its connection to T.S Eliot. On Margate Sands creates new opportunities for local people to develop research skills, new networks and develop their knowledge and connections to arts and archives. 

Stories Uncovered: November 2015 – September 2016

Led by the Young People’s Programme at Tate, Stories Uncovered will explore London’s heritage through the eyes of young people. Young people from 198 – Contemporary Arts and Learning, Black Cultural Archives, Octavia Foundation, South London Gallery, Tate Collective London and Whitechapel Gallery will collaborate with artists and their peers to shed new light on archives across London. 


For further information about the learning outreach programme, please contact Assistant Curator Digital Learning (Archives & Access) Hannah Vallis directly at Hannah.vallis@tate.org.uk

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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