In December, we held a conference in London entitled Museums | Inclusion | Engagement. It turned out to be a unique sharing of experience between leading museum professionals and an influential international audience. Delegates’ response to the event was outstandingly positive. So much so that we’ve decided to make the content internationally available on CD.
The Museums | Inclusion | Engagement CD includes audio recordings, Powerpoint presentations and films - around five hours of practical information on engaging with and meaningfully involving diverse communities. The presentations include some of the most successful and advanced experience in this field currently available anywhere.
The CD contains these stimulating, thought-provoking presentations and world-class experience:
• Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Officer, Museum of London: Keep Up The Good Work: Exploring the Long-Term Impact of Social Inclusion Initiatives.
• Gurdeep Thiara, Outreach Officer and Tim Manley, Head of Marketing & Audience Development, Manchester Museum: The Virtuous Circle: Community Engagement at the Manchester Museum.
• Liz Puddick, Learning Manager, London Transport Museum: How To Involve the Communities You Serve In All You Do In Your Museum.
• Eithne Nightingale, Head of Diversity Strategy, V&A: Drivers for Change - Capacity Building and Cultural Ownership.
• Laura Phillips, Community Partnerships Manager and Dr Emma Poulter, Talking Objects Manager, British Museum: Working With New Audiences at the British Museum.
• Alison James and Nicky Boyd, Museum Consultants (Audiences): Community Engagement: Evaluating the Impact.
• Alison Lightbown, Head of Learning & Education, Geffrye Museum: An Ageing Society - Learning, Engagement and Participation in Museums for the Over 50s.
• Mark Miller, Curator Youth Programmes, Tate Britain: Practice, Reflection and Pathways.
• Alice Fox, Course Leader, Inclusive Arts Practice, University of Brighton: Smudged Performance - Using Collections to Collaborate Artistically with People with Learning Disabilities.
• Steph Parmee, Museum Project Officer, Suffolk County Council Heritage: Making Time for Everyone - Museum Clubs for Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Studying the material, and sharing it with colleagues, users will discover:
• how to evaluate the short- and long-term impact of your projects
• how to reaching the most excluded groups or individuals
• how to prioritise your work among the various communities
• how to use new community-based communication media
• how to build the right organisational structure to deliver effective programmes
• how to involve the communities you serve in everything you do in your museum what can be learnt from the experience of other sectors working in these fields
• how to obtain sustainable, ongoing funding to support long-term programmes which make a difference.
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