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The Rothschild Foundation Impact Grant

About the Digital Explorations Project 2020-23

This dynamic new project, funded by the Rothschild Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) will play an important role in the building of exciting and engaging digital resources for worldwide access to the work of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, alongside providing a pool of local skilled 3D museum collection photographers. 

Digital Explorations will be delivered in two stages:

  1. The recruitment and free training of participants from local disability focused organisations in the use of 3D photography, sports journalism and history research.
  2. For those participants wanting to take it further in a paid capacity, the delivery of the 3D recording of objects from the NPHT collection for an online gallery and training of young disabled and non disabled people in schools workshops. 

3D photography training and work programme participant brief

Are you disabled and interested in technology, keen to learn new skills and live in Buckinghamshire?

This is an exciting opportunity to be trained, for free, in 3D photography in a sports heritage setting to work with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust in creating an online virtual gallery. Below is an example of 3D photography of an object from the Paralympic heritage collection created by Vicky Hope Walker, NPHT CEO, after just a few hours of training:

About the participant role

The role of the participant will be to attend a series of training and support sessions, and once trained, if desired, to lead or support a number of workshops (for which you would be paid at £15 an hour). No prior experience is required, just a keenness to learn.

Skills and Qualifications: A basic level of IT.
How to register interest: If you would like to be involved in this project please complete and return the expression of interest form by the 30th June 2020. Download the form as a pdf version or as a word document. For more information or if you require the form in an alternative format, please contact Elaine Phiri by email at [email protected] 


About the Rothschild Foundation Impact Grant

The Rothschild Foundation was established in 2010 and allocates £10 million in grant making annually. This sum is shared equally between the preservation of Waddesdon Manor, where the Foundation is based, and grants for wider public benefit.

Lord (Jacob) Rothschild is Chair of the Rothschild Foundation and has been involved extensively in public service and philanthropic support of the arts throughout his lifetime. The Foundation is managed by a board of Trustees, including other members of the Rothschild family, and is run by a small professional staff team. Inspired by Waddesdon’s cultural heritage, the landscaped gardens and farmland of the Waddesdon Estate along with the Rothschild family tradition of support for the local community, the Foundation focuses on policy areas in the arts, the environment and social welfare.

The Foundation’s grant-making within Buckinghamshire supports the local third sector through a small grants programme and strategic philanthropy through higher value grants. There is much connection between the two programmes which are informed by the Foundation’s commitment to work collaboratively to increase access to opportunity within Buckinghamshire.

For more information about the Rothschild Foundation please contact [email protected] 

About the National Paralympic Heritage Trust

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) are mapping, conserving and making accessible to national audiences, collections and archives relating to the British Paralympic story. In 2019 the NPHT opened a permanent Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, and are delivering temporary national exhibitions and a virtual museum. The main Trust partners are the British Paralympic Association (BPA), WheelPower and Buckinghamshire Council (BC).