Are we here just for show? Community engagement for museums

Date: 25 September 2006
Location: Merseyside Maritime Museum
Duration: 10.00 – 16.00
Cost: Free

Renaissance North West is committed to spreading the benefits of the Renaissance programme across the region. This workshop is one of a series which examines key issues facing museums.

There is now a powerful mix of ethical, economic, political, and social imperatives which require museums to work more closely with their neighbouring communities. To what extent can and should communities be involved in shaping and delivering the work of museums?

Come to the workshop if you want to:

  • Learn how to win trust and create a true collaboration
  • Develop models of good practice
  • Discuss the ethics of community engagement

Contributors will include:

  • Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow - For many years Glasgow Museums has pioneered community engagement. The Gallery of Modern Art works with people on issues such as violence against women, sectarianism, asylum seekers and refugees.
  • National Museums Liverpool - NML is working with communities in Liverpool to develop the International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool.
  • Manchester Museum - Manchester Museum’s Dig Manchester programme is developing community excavations in two regeneration areas of Manchester.
  • Bolton Libraries - Bolton Libraries has used arts-based creative consultation to find out what the local community wants from their library service.
  • Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston - The Harris’ outreach officer is brokering relationships between the museum’s staff and local communities in Preston.

Related Documents:

Are we here just for show - booking form, by email
Areweherejustforshow.doc (26 KB)  

Are we here just for show - booking form, by post
Areweherejustforshow.pdf (10 KB)  

To book a place please return booking slips to Jennie Crawford, NW Hub Support Officer, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL,
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T: 0161 235 8810
F: 0161 235 8899

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