A Stretch-run project with young offenders

Engaging with prisoners

Rebecca Atkinson, 15.04.2013
MP explores the challenges and outcomes of museums working with prisons
The latest Museum Practice looks at how museums are working with prisons as part of their outreach work and through volunteering schemes.

Using case studies and interviews with people working in the criminal justice system, the articles explore what impact this type of activity can have on reoffending rates and the importance of sustainability in an era of budget cuts.

They also discuss the practical ways museums can set up projects, and develop relationships with prisons and prisoners.

Rachel Foster, a PhD student at the University of Leeds and an art tutor at HMP Wakefield, shares the challenges of working with high-risk prisoners, while Claire Coia looks at the public outcomes of the Open Museum’s work in prisons.

And the reader case studies demonstrate the variety of different projects in this area, from an artist residency in Arizona State University Art Museum to a mobile museum in Staffordshire and creative writing workshops run by the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Click here to read Museum Practice on prisons