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Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales

Newid Byd/Something New

‘Newid Byd/Something New’ will pilot an innovative community action research framework with a learning disability community in Wales to develop a new interactive museum display.

By employing a co-creation framework with partners Innovate Trust and purpleSTARS, Amgueddfa Cymru will address a lack of targeted participatory events for disability communities in Wales.

They will use media and arts-based creative workshops to identify new ways to represent and incorporate learning disability communities’ experiences into Welsh cultural heritage and beyond. Two people with a learning disability will be employed as paid members of the project team to ensure their voices are centred throughout.

“Newid Byd is coming at an exciting time as we look to implement our research strategy and foreground participatory, inclusive and co-created research throughout Amgueddfa Cymru and its collections. As we seek to create meaningful change in the way we research both now and in the future, the Mindsets + Missions programme is timely in its support of risk taking and bold initiatives to move our work forwards.”

Gemma Brown, research development officer, Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales

“Innovate Trust is thrilled to be partnering with Amgueddfa Cymru and PurpleSTARS on the innovative Newid Byd/Something New project. Through a robust research strategy, people with learning disabilities will take the lead in improving representation and inclusion, with valuable learning generated for the wider heritage sector.

“People with learning disabilities have a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge to share, which can and should form part of our diverse culture. We’re excited to be part of this bold new approach to research which brings the valuable contribution of people with learning disabilities to the forefront.”

Lucy Curtis, skills and wellbeing project manager, Innovate Trust

“purpleSTARS is very excited to be part of a truly inclusive research project Newid Byd/Something New, collaborating with Innovate Trust and Amgueddfa Cymru. We are looking forward to visiting Wales and sharing our sensory art and digital media action research.

“Through co-production we aim to shape the thinking and design of cultural and heritage spaces, transforming museums to be really inclusive and fun. This cross-geographical partnership would not have been possible without Mindsets + Missions and its emphasis on collaboration, innovation and risk-taking.”

Kate Allen, founding member of purpleSTARS