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Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries, a recipient of the Blavatnik Honresfield Collection

EMPOWERING INSTITUTIONS TO PRESERVE OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE GLOBALLY

We back esteemed art and cultural establishments and initiatives that focus on promoting and preserving the rich cultural tapestry of our societies.

The Foundation’s support covers several initiatives, from awards ceremonies celebrating the finest non-fiction writing, to exhibiting contemporary couture pieces, and supporting the expansion, renovation, and continued work of world-renowned museums and libraries.

The Blavatnik Galleries at the Imperial War Museum

The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries at the Imperial War Museum

Beneficiaries

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Baillie Gifford Prize

www.thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk

Baillie Gifford Prize

Baillie Gifford is the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books. The annual awards ceremony dinner and podcast on books chosen as Prize Finalists are sponsored by the Foundation.

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The Better Angels Society

www.thebetterangelssociety.org

The Better Angels Society

The Foundation has provided $9 million to The Better Angels Society to support the work of renowned American documentarian Ken Burns and other American documentarians. Supported films include “The Vietnam War,” “The History of Country Music,” “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” “The American Revolution,” and “LBJ and the Great Society”.

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The Bruce

brucemuseum.org

The Bruce Museum

In 2023, a refurbished and expanded Bruce Museum reopened in Greenwich, Connecticut. The museum’s Blavatnik Family Gallery has been home to multiple popular exhibitions, including “Hockney/Origins” and “Connecticut Impressionism,” with many more rotating exhibits planned for the future.

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Blavatnik Honresfield Library

In 2021, Foundation’s £7.5 million funds were matched by other organizations to reach the £15 million total needed to preserve the Library’s public ownership in the UK. The entire collection has now been distributed to a wide range of appropriate hosts, and collectively has been renamed the Blavatnik Honresfield Library in recognition of the donation.

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The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries at the Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries at the Imperial War Museum opened in 2023, allowing the Museum to explore how artists, photographers and filmmakers bear witness to, document, and tell the story of conflict.

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C2C

The King’s Gallery displaying an Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Billie Eilish at Met Gala, among other outfits (Historic Royal Palaces/Oscar de la Renta Archive/PA)

Historic Royal Palaces

With support from the Foundation, the 2023 “Crown to Couture” fashion exhibition at Kensington Palace drew fascinating parallels between the world of today’s red carpet and the Georgian Royal Court in the 18th century.

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Lambeth Bridge - Illuminated River. Photo by Paul Crawley

The Illuminated River Trust

In 2019, the Foundation joined three other sponsors to create the Trust for the night-time illumination of half the bridges over the River Thames in London over a ten-year period.

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PEN Pinter Prize

Ethiopian writer and activist Befeqadu Hailu shares PEN Pinter Prize with Lemn Sissay

The PEN Pinter Prize

The Foundation has been the major funder of the PEN Pinter Prize, following its creation in 2009 in memory of Nobel Laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The Prize celebrates the world’s leading writers. It also promotes the defence of free speech and the rights of authors to speak out against oppression and bigotry, in the spirit which Pinter himself so strongly encouraged.

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Baillie Gifford Prize

www.thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk

Baillie Gifford Prize

Baillie Gifford is the UK's premier prize for non-fiction books. The annual awards ceremony dinner and podcast on books chosen as Prize Finalists are sponsored by the Foundation.

More Information
The Better Angels Society

www.thebetterangelssociety.org

The Better Angels Society

The Foundation has provided $9 million to The Better Angels Society to support the work of renowned American documentarian Ken Burns and other American documentarians. Supported films include “The Vietnam War,” “The History of Country Music,” “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” “The American Revolution,” and “LBJ and the Great Society”.

More Information
The Bruce

brucemuseum.org

The Bruce Museum

In 2023, a refurbished and expanded Bruce Museum reopened in Greenwich, Connecticut. The museum’s Blavatnik Family Gallery has been home to multiple popular exhibitions, including “Hockney/Origins” and “Connecticut Impressionism,” with many more rotating exhibits planned for the future.

More Information

Blavatnik Honresfield Library

In 2021, Foundation’s £7.5 million funds were matched by other organizations to reach the £15 million total needed to preserve the Library’s public ownership in the UK. The entire collection has now been distributed to a wide range of appropriate hosts, and collectively has been renamed the Blavatnik Honresfield Library in recognition of the donation.

More Information
The Blavatnik Galleries at the Imperial War Museum_2

The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries at the Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries at the Imperial War Museum opened in 2023, allowing the Museum to explore how artists, photographers and filmmakers bear witness to, document, and tell the story of conflict.

More Information
C2C

The King’s Gallery displaying an Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Billie Eilish at Met Gala, among other outfits (Historic Royal Palaces/Oscar de la Renta Archive/PA)

Historic Royal Palaces

With support from the Foundation, the 2023 “Crown to Couture” fashion exhibition at Kensington Palace drew fascinating parallels between the world of today’s red carpet and the Georgian Royal Court in the 18th century.

More Information
Lambeth_Bridge_-_Illuminated_River_©_Paul_Crawley_3

Lambeth Bridge - Illuminated River. Photo by Paul Crawley

The Illuminated River Trust

In 2019, the Foundation joined three other sponsors to create the Trust for the night-time illumination of half the bridges over the River Thames in London over a ten-year period.

More Information
PEN Pinter Prize

Ethiopian writer and activist Befeqadu Hailu shares PEN Pinter Prize with Lemn Sissay

The PEN Pinter Prize

The Foundation has been the major funder of the PEN Pinter Prize, following its creation in 2009 in memory of Nobel Laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The Prize celebrates the world’s leading writers. It also promotes the defence of free speech and the rights of authors to speak out against oppression and bigotry, in the spirit which Pinter himself so strongly encouraged.

More Information

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The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating materials that contribute to the study of 20th-century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, and Soviet Russia.