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.


How Museums Change Lives - Our Museum in Action at St Fagans National History Museum

Started by Loveday Williams. Last reply by Sally Medlyn Jun 27. 1 Reply

Over the past two years we have taken many twists and turns on our journey to embed volunteering across the museum, as part of the Our Museum Special Initiative at St Fagans National History Museum.We have developed on this journey, met new people,…Continue

Our Museum: What We Believe In

Started by Piotr Bienkowski Mar 24. 0 Replies

The nine organisations taking part in the Our Museum programme, together with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation itself, have issued an Advocacy Statement about the importance of working to change museums and galleries so that community participation is…Continue



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

Blog Posts

Cultural Commissioning

Posted by Gerri Moriarty on June 11, 2014 at 16:37 0 Comments

I imagine many staff in museums and galleries will be aware of the new Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme, being delivered for ACE by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. If you're not and with minds turning to sustainability of specific projects as well as sustainability of organisational changes, you might find it useful. Here's a link to paste into your browser:…


In With The Old, Out With The New - a new film

Posted by Sarah Allman on March 31, 2014 at 9:17 0 Comments

This new short film has been created by a group of young people, all aged under 24, at the Museum of East Anglian Life, as part of an Arts Council England funded project. Their inspiration was the Top Gear Challenges crossed with Bang Goes the Theory with a little bit of Horrible Histories mixed in for good measure! They did the storyboard, camera work, sound recording, editing, titles and organised the premiere.

The MIX and the Museum of East Anglian Life premiered this short…


Getting to know you, getting to know all about you

Posted by Sarah Allman on January 22, 2014 at 14:46 0 Comments

"It's a very ancient saying

But a true and honest thought

That if you become a teacher

By your pupils you'll be taught"

Getting to Know You, from The King & I
Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rodgers…

CALL FOR PAPERS International perspectives on participation and engagement in the arts 20th-21st June 2014 at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University. Netherlands

Posted by Sally Medlyn on November 15, 2013 at 18:45 0 Comments

Hello all I wondered if anyone might be tempted to send in some ideas for this conference.  Always daunting to prepare this kind of thing but as you have so much to share I couldn't resist posting the invite I got. Have a good weekend - or more likely given you won't see this until next week - hope you had a good weekend! Sally


International perspectives

on participation and engagement in the arts

20th-21st June 2014

at the…



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