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.


Pre-employment skills in museums contexts

Started by Essex Havard Oct 22. 0 Replies

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

Hard Fcats to Swallow report on funding and imbalance between investment in London and everywhere else in the UK

Started by Sally Medlyn. Last reply by Sally Medlyn Oct 17. 1 Reply

http://www.gpsculture.co.uk/Hard Facts to Swallow is the third evidence-based report produced by GPS Culture (Peter Stark, David Powell and Christopher Gordon) addressing the performance of Arts Council…Continue

Tags: arts, London, museums, investment, public

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


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

Blog Posts

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…


Nick Cave Curating Museum of Important S**t A new online museum...........!

Posted by Sally Medlyn on September 22, 2014 at 12:00 0 Comments


Extracts from the article by Janet Burns on PSFK website

Following the release of his semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, former Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave has joined with film directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard to present the online collection of objects, each of which has…


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. …



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