Computing course being developed for the Cultural Heritage Sector


The British Library has been awarded £222,420 in funding by the Institute of Coding (IoC) to develop a part-time postgraduate course with Birkbeck University

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 This will be part of a £4.8 million university skills drive by the IoC intended to address the digital skills gap.

The course, Computing for Cultural Heritage, aims to enable professionals from across Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) to improve their digital skills and keep up with the technological advancements happening within the sector.  

The project is managed through Birkbeck University, who are aiming to appoint a dedicated lecturer by the end of April. Digital Curator, Nora McGregor will be working closely with this lecturer, along with a colleague at the National Archives, to ensure the course reflects the practical cultural heritage experience.

The Postgraduate Certificate will be made up of modules including; demystifying computing for heritage professionals, computational thinking with Python, analytic tools for cultural heritage professionals and digital project design and development, the latter of which will be hosted at the Library. In 2020-21 ten to fifteen Library colleagues will be given the opportunity to attend a free, shortened six week trial version of the course alongside colleagues from the National Archives.

Nora McGregor, Digital Curator, says: ‘For over seven years the Digital Curator Team have been running the ground-breaking Digital Scholarship Training programme for staff. In this time we’ve seen first-hand the incredible transformations that arise when time, space and opportunity is created for colleagues wishing to keep apace of the technological innovations that underpin their work. This is an exciting opportunity to consolidate all that we’ve learned about the skills and knowledge they seek and encode it in a course uniquely situated to meet our needs in the cultural heritage sector.’

For more information visit the Computing for Cultural Heritage Project page or contact

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