The following publications were produced by Renaissance North West between 2006-2011 and are available to download for free. You can also download them from our Issuu pages.

In the interests of being green, please print these publications only if necessary, and if possible print on double sided paper.

Health and Wellbeing:

Who Cares? Museums, Health and Wellbeing(PDF 1255KB) A collaboration between health professionals, six major museums and art galleries in the North West of England and researchers from the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. Also available is a Who Cares Evaluation Report  (PDF 1512KB) and Who Cares Executive Summary of the report (PDF 349KB).

If you found this useful you may also be interested in +Culture Shots.


Collections Development:

Revealing Collections (PDF 1381KB) This publication looks at a series of Collections Reviews carried out on regionally dispersed collections in the North West.

What’s In Store? Collections Review in the North West (PDF 1347KB) A report highlighting Collections Reviews of Egyptology at Salford Museum and Art Gallery and a Fine Art Print collection at Gallery Oldham.

New Light on Old Bones (PDF 1554KB) An interdisciplinary study of natural science collections in Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and Rossendale Museum.

Roman Heritage in the North West (PDF 972KB) A publication highlighting case studies of projects supported through the Roman Heritage Project.

Roman Heritage: Unearthing Potential in the North West  (PDF 747KB) A leaflet highlighting the North West’s unique Roman heritage.

Learning and Community Development:

Write On Literacy Booklet (PDF 747KB) A guide for teachers, museum educators and creative practitioners to help them use museums and galleries to develop children’s literacy skills.

MAGPIE Report (PDF 346KB) A summary of the practice and impacts of a partnership between museums and schools in Manchester during 2004-2010.

Preston Literacy Leaflet (PDF 585KB) A guide based on the Preston Museums and Schools Partnership (Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Lancashire Regimental Museum, National Football Museum and Museum of Lancashire), looking at how museums can help support pupils’ literacy.

Creative Spaces (PDF 1307KB) This is a report looking at children as co-researchers in the design of gallery education. In the Gallery: Children, young people and families co-researching their experience in galleries. (PDF 1922KB) This is a report on the second phase of the Creative Spaces programme.

Close Encounters With Culture: Museums and Galleries as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (PDF 885KB) A booklet for Early Years Practitioners and Museum Educators looking at how museums can contribute to the EYFS, with case studies from museums across the North West.

Family Learning (PDF 1093KB) A practical resource for museum and gallery staff, Family Learning tutors and managers, and Early Years practitioners. Created in partnership with NIACE.

Becoming A New Parent Evaluation (PDF 5060KB) An evaluation of part of the North Manchester Cultural Pilot Programme; Manchester Art Gallery with Higher Blackley Sure Start Centre. Becoming a New Parent was a pilot project examining how culture can address a social issue.

Environmental Sustainability:

Preserve the Past, Protect the Future (PDF 1402KB) A green guide for museums highlighting case studies from museums across the North West.

Museum and Art Galleries Survival Strategies (PDF 2021KB) A guide for reducing operating costs and improving sustainability.


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