26 Treasures was a project that began at the V&A and soon spread across Great Britain. 26 writers (including ex-Poet Laureate Andrew Motion) wanted to investigate how they could encourage people to engage with museum objects in a more emotional way. Each writer was randomly assigned an object from the museum’s collection and asked to write a 62 word piece about it. The website offers a blog, creation stories and more as insight into the process and the outcomes.
Items range from Chinese porcelain figures to a 16th century Scottish guillotine, and the results are now being compiled in to a book. Much like Kickstarter, Unbound is a website that asks you - the public - to help fund projects (in this case books) and offers you something in return, with different packages available, determined by how much you donate. The book is now funded, but the various packages are still available (starting at £10 for the ebook and your name at the back in thanks).
Does anyone else know of any other such museum-related funding projects?