Welcome to Our Museum

Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative to facilitate a process of development and organisational change within museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely.

This initiative will:

  • support and develop museums and galleries to place community needs, values,  aspirations and active collaboration at the core of their work;
  • involve communities and individuals in core decision-making processes and to implement the decisions taken;
  • ensure that museums and galleries play an effective role in developing community skills, through volunteering, training, apprenticeships, etc.;
  • share exemplary new models with the broader museum sector.

More about the initiative...

This website provides information on the progress of the initiative and is a forum for participants to share their experiences and learning. It will also be a resource for others within the museums and galleries sector to find information and resources about new ways for organisations to achieve effective community engagement.


Young Leaders: European Museum Leadership Programme - call for applications

Started by Piotr Bienkowski Jun 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Call for applications for a European leadership programme for young aspiring museum professionals.KulturAgenda, based in Austria, is a small museums institute that delivers mainly business-related training programmes to the European museums…Continue

Our Museum Resources Website feedback

Started by Tracy-Ann Smith Apr 23, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, Wow what a fabulous and inspiring Peer Review, it was so great to see many of you again and make new connections. We manged to get 12 community partner interviews too - thank you so much! I can't wait to watch them.Thanks too to all of…Continue

Using digital media in museums - interesting blog - and useful too

Started by Sally Medlyn Feb 12, 2015. 0 Replies

http://www.freshandnew.org/Fresh+New began as a blog written by Seb Chan during his time at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The purpose of the site is to act as a repository and sounding board for…Continue

Tags: Museums, Chan, Seb, Digital

Pre-employment skills in museums contexts

Started by Essex Havard. Last reply by Sarah Allman Feb 3, 2015. 1 Reply

I recently asked the GEM network for any examples of services/activities that museums were supplying to address the pre-employment needs of adults (self-confidence, numeracy, literacy, team working etc). I have had a number of replies and I will,…Continue

Tags: economic, development, museums, pre-employment, employment



Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners is a PHF Special Initiative to improve community engagement at museums and galleries

Blog Posts

Community Achievement Award for Museum of East Anglian Life

Posted by Sarah Allman on March 19, 2015 at 11:18 0 Comments

We have been recognised (again!) by our local community - we received the accolade of 'Outstanding Business Contribution to the Community' in the recent Community Achievement Awards hosted by Mid Suffolk District Council (12 March 2015).  We were nominated for the Award to recognise all of the work our volunteers, employability placements, supported volunteers and trainees do across all areas of the Museum.

A big thank you to the panel, including the youth judges from local schools,…


Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's Community Engagement Policy

Posted by Eleanor Root on December 11, 2014 at 22:40 2 Comments

Hi all,

I just thought I'd share this interesting document. I've been trying to collate a few examples of community engagement policies from organisations who are leading the way in participatory practice.

Stacey, Director of Community Engagement, was kind enough to send me their policy which I've attached.…


Innovation Prize launched re 'audiences/publics'

Posted by Sally Medlyn on October 23, 2014 at 7:08 0 Comments



Imagine an institution with a commitment to rigor, depth, and delight in the exploration of contemporary culture.

Imagine a prize competition to develop new experimental… Continue

Museum of East Anglian Life wins the 'Pride of Stowmarket' Award 2014

Posted by Sarah Allman on October 7, 2014 at 8:22 0 Comments

We were delighted to find out we had won the ‘Pride of Stowmarket’ trophy at the first ever Stowmarket Town Council awards recently. Nominations for this award were sent in by the public and decided by a panel of judges including local councillors who said they were 'unanimous'. 

It is a great achievement and shows the strength of the support we have in our local community as we, like all museums, go through challenging times.

More on the story from…



© 2016   Created by Dan Watson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service