We are a registered charity (SC047486) that aims to help advance people’s knowledge, skills and wellbeing, with a focus on art, history, heritage, and archaeology. Our typical users experience barriers to in-person education, including those with disabilities, limited funds, or from rural communities, and are often people who struggle to access the resources that many take for granted.

What we do

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Why Open?

It’s important to us. Open Past was formed to create Open resources – we put our work, when we can, under Creative Commons licenses so others can use them. We believe that the exciting work of the heritage sector is for everyone. No matter who you are, where you are, or the means you have at your disposal. Open Past is for you!


See our annual report and accounts on OSCR.

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