A display at Thinktank's new Science Garden

Getting creative with outdoor spaces

Rebecca Atkinson, 15.06.2012
Utilising outdoor spaces can bring in new audiences
The UK might not be known for its good weather, but one of the nation's favourite pastimes is getting outdoors and enjoying nature first hand – whether that's visiting an urban park or city farm, hiking at one of the UK's 15 national parks or rambling across the open countryside.

But where do museums fit in to this passion for the great outdoors – and how are they making the most of the opportunities on their doorsteps?

The June issue of Museum Practice looks at practical examples of how museums are making connections between their collections and the landscape outside, and developing outdoor spaces to bring in new audiences.

Case studies of recent developments include Thinktank in Birmingham’s new Science Garden and the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London.

Sharon Webb from Kilmartin House Museum in Argyll also explains the intrinsic relationship between its archaeology collection and more than 800 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the site.

And Fiona Rosher shares her experiences developing an outdoor trail at the Dales Countryside Museum in Yorkshire.

There are also a selection of case studies submitted by Museum Practice readers.

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