Cornwall Museums Partnership


The Museum of Carefree

Year, type of grant

2021-22, Open, Main Grants

Grant awarded

£35,000 over 18 months


An arts and heritage project to amplify the voices of care-experienced young people, including co-production of an exhibition, podcasting young people’s stories online and at seven museums, orientation days for Carefree staff and current / potential foster families, and focus groups with charities responsible for care-experienced young people.

Who, what, where

  • Young people 11-25 years, who live in care or are recent care-leavers
  • Heritage & museums, visual arts
  • Young person’s voice
  • England, South West

How this project supported Ragdoll Foundation aims

This was the best-developed and most ambitious museum application the Ragdoll Foundation had received to date. The trustees were enthusiastic about the quality of engagement with young people in and leaving care, and thought that the project had the potential to become a model of good practice for other organisations.

The Foundation rarely awards grants at this level, however the trustees were convinced that supporting the extension of a well-established collaboration between Cornwall Museums Partnership and Carefree Cornwall had an excellent chance of success, as well as making a real difference to the young people taking part.