Do you work with collections or in a collections-based institution such as a museum, archive or library? Would you like to unlock the full potential of these collections to make concrete contributions to sustainable development? Let us help you turn your aspirations into reality using the Our Collections Matter Toolkit!

Making Our Collections Matter More

How it works

​​OCM Field Project If selected, you will participate in bi-monthly online workshops throughout 2023 to learn more about sustainable development, Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We will guide you in setting related aspirations and identifying associated challenges, then help you select tools from the Our Collections Matter Toolkit to address them.

Between workshops, you will make use of these tools in your own work and institution. The activities you undertake will depend on you and your local context. As the programme develops, you will get to share your experiences with other participants from around the world.

Up to 30 diverse collections-based organizations will be selected to participate. The workshops will be in English, with discussion time to help you learn from each another.

Selected organizations will not be required to pay any fee.


This opportunity is open to anyone working in collections-based institutions of all sizes, including museums, libraries and archives.

No prior knowledge of sustainable development is necessary, but you should be committed to directing your work and the activities of your institution towards creating a better future for everyone.

That includes upholding the principles of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, with their focus on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form and send it to

The deadline to apply has been extended to 27 March 2023.


Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • participate in bi-monthly online workshops
  • make use of relevant tools within the Our Collections Matter Toolkit over the course of 2023
  • summarize their experiences in a format provided, including the aspirations or challenges addressed, the tools used, and the outcomes achieved.
  • have the collections-based organization they work for endorse their participation in the programme.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected to represent a range of:

  • countries and regions
  • collection types
  • institution types
  • collections-related activities
  • social, economic and environmental aspirations and/or challenges

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