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.

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Cooper Hewitt Design Museum digital stuff ideas fun play curiosity discovering things you never knew you were interested in

Started by Sally Medlyn Dec 13. 0 Replies

Copy and paste these links for a] some information about the revamped Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum…Continue

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

 
 
 

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

Blog Posts

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

Posted by Eleanor Root on December 11, 2014 at 22:40 0 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.…

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Innovation Prize launched re 'audiences/publics'

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

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/museumtwo/~3/-FXwiMw-nFs/whats-your-12720-idea-for-new-ways-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

Extract

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…

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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

http://www.psfk.com/2014/09/nick-cave-museum-important-shit.html

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…

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