People Power: Embedding Community Participation

12 September 2018, Glasgow Concert Halls
Museums Association One-Day Conference

The benefits for museums of working with communities are many – from diversifying audiences and workforces, to introducing new voices and perspectives.

But is this work creating real change for organisations, the partners they work with and lives of the people they serve?

From co-curation and other participatory practice, to projects that look to create organisational change, this one-day seminar will examine how museums can ensure community engagement work is sustainable, embedded and does not draw on participants’ experiences or skills without giving something back.

Learn about the different approaches to funding, engaging and working with local communities, with speakers sharing the challenges and lessons from recent projects.

The day aims to interrogate the way museums approach this type of work, with opportunities for delegates to discuss the issues and consider their own practice.

Speakers:

Piotr Bienkowski
Project Director, Our Museum programme
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Piotr Bienkowski is a museums consultant and Project Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation programme Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners. Peter will be leading a session reflecting on the day and suggesting practical ways forward.

Paddy Gilmore
Head of Programmes, National Museums Northern Ireland

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Paddy is the Head of Programmes at National Museums Northern Ireland and a board member of the Museums Association. Paddy will be discussing how museums address community participation.
@Paddyrusley

Sharon Heal
Director, Museums Association
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Sharon is the Director of the Museums Association and chair of the Museum of Homelessness. Sharon will lead a session exploring a new framework on evaluating and supporting participatory practice.
@Sharonheal

Sam Jenkins
Project leader, Museum Wellness Network
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The Museum Wellness Network is an informal group to connect museum professionals and encourage discussion about our mental health and general wellbeing, currently led by Sam Jenkins and Anne Sharman. Sam is also Collections Officer at the People’s History Museum. Sam will be running an informal networking and signposting workshop on mental health.
@Museum_Wellness

Kayte McSweeney
Community Partnerships Manager: Participation and Collections, British Museum
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With an ambition to embed participatory practice, collaborative research and genuine community partnerships at the heart of museums, Kayte works at the British Museum London and as a freelance participation consultant. Kayte will be discussing how museums address community participation.
@kizzykayte

Anne Sharman
Project leader, Museum Wellness Network
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The Museum Wellness Network is an informal group to connect museum professionals and encourage discussion about our mental health and general wellbeing, currently led by Sam Jenkins and Anne Sharman. Anne is also Documentation Officer at the National Railway Museum. Anne will be running an informal networking and signposting workshop on mental health.
@Museum_Wellness
@annesharman1

Aileen Strachan
Content Delivery Manager, Paisley Museum
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Aileen manages content, co-production and visitor research for Paisley Museum Re-Imagined. She previously managed learning staff at Glasgow Museums. Aileen will be discussing how museums address community participation.
@aileenstr

Rachel Thain-Gray
Project Coordinator, Equality in Progress, Glasgow Women’s Library
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Rachel Thain-Gray has worked in equalities for the past 20 years. She leads the Equality in Progress project at Glasgow Women's Library; and is a PhD researcher. Rachel will be examining the challenges for museums and community partners in working together.@rachelthaingray

Adam Corsini
Archaeological Archive Manager, Museum of London

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Adam has more than 10 years’ experience managing inclusive volunteer and visitor participation programmes at the Museum of London. Adam will be looking at the opportunities for community work in a panel discussion.
@AdamCorsini

The day runs from 1030 - 1700.

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Professional development
If you have a particular career, professional development or workplace question why not book a 20 minute slot with Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer? Times are available every 20 minutes from 0930-1030. To book a place email Tamsin Russell.