Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners

Museum Development Yorkshire are hosting a one-day seminar exploring how processes of organisational change can help organisations to embed community engagement and participatory ways of working into the core of their work.

The seminar, which will take place on 14 January at Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, will feature a host of speakers, including:

  • Regis Cochefert – Director, Grants and Programmes, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Peter Latchford – Chief Executive, Black Radley
  • John Orna-Ornstein – Director of Museums, Arts Council England
  • Community partners who have shared the leadership of the Our Museum journey

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) participated in this Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded national initiative between 2012 – 2015. The programme facilitated a process of development and organisational change within seven museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities.

Participation in Our Museum has allowed TWAM to develop reflective, innovative and experimental practice, and as we come to the end of the programme we would like to share what has been successful and what has been challenging.

  • Discussion groups led by museum staff and community partners will explore questions including:
  • How can organisations recognise and showcase existing ways in which they value external voices, and how to develop this work further
  • How are organisations actively creating connections between their staff and their mission statement
  • Who supports the senior management team?

This event is free, to book your place, please see here

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