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.


MuseumNext 2015 Call for Papers

Started by Sally Medlyn Aug 23. 0 Replies

http://www.museumnext.com/museum-conference-call-papers/MuseumNext 2015 will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva and we are looking for speakers willing the share their vision…Continue

Tags: presentation, future, workshops, leadership, museumnext

Anchoring Communities - love and ecomuseums

Started by Nick Poole. Last reply by Tracy-Ann Smith Aug 7. 1 Reply

I had the opportunity of speaking at the WebWise 2014 conference in Baltimore this week on the subject of 'Anchoring Communities - designing services that people love'. If anyone is interested, the transcript of my talk is online at…Continue


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

Blog Posts

Wellbeing in four policy areas Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics

Posted by Sally Medlyn on September 12, 2014 at 16:23 0 Comments

This report has just been published and is an interesting read on well being and arts and culture [amongst other things] and the use of wellbeing evidence to influence government and e.g. ACE policy.  I've copied a couple of extracts below - the emphasis is on the value of participatory arts and cultural experience - but you may want to scan the whole document. …


Living With Me

Posted by Laura Drysdale on August 3, 2014 at 10:38 0 Comments

I'd like to invite the Our Museum community to visit www.livingwith.me. Living With Me is an EU-INTERREG funded collaboration between the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and Sweet Arts, a creative arts organisation for women in Norwich. We are coming to the end of the end of the project now, so we can begin to reflect on what has and hasn't worked and why, and how we can change things for the better. I've posted a fairly anodyne…


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…



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