New Opportunities Fund
14 March 2003
A £50 million digitisation project providing a gateway to cultural, historical and community resources in the UK has been launched in London by the Arts Minister Tessa Blackstone.
The EnrichUK.net portal draws together 150 websites funded through the initiative into a unique online collection ranging from national centres of excellence to regional sense of place, voluntary and community organisations and small local museums.
Local councils and 'sense of place' groups have digitised material which seeks to explain the special character, history and geography of counties and districts across the UK.
Launching the portal, Baroness Blackstone said: "EnrichUK is effectively a 'one-stop content shop' which can only fuel interest in Internet access across the UK, encouraging millions of people to take up and expand their lifelong learning."
Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Chair of the New Opportunities Fund said: "Perhaps some day this will be seen as being as important as the abolition of newspaper stamp duty, the creation of the great public galleries and museums, or the introduction of public libraries.
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