Next phase of Museums Change Lives launches in Wales

Patrick Steel, 23.05.2017
Welsh language version of advocacy document available
The Museums Association (MA) will launch the next phase of its Museums Change Lives campaign today in Swansea with a Welsh language version of its advocacy document detailing how museums are changing lives.

The launch event will highlight the work that museums in Wales are doing to enhance health and wellbeing, create better places to live and work, and inspire engagement, debate and reflection.

This second phase of Museums Change Lives is designed to show museums that they can embrace this kind of work whatever their size, location, collection or funding; and for funders, politicians and sector bodies to advocate for what museums can do and the difference that they can make if they are given support.

Examples of museums across the UK making a positive and lasting difference include Experience Barnsley Museum’s Dementia Cafe and Cardiff Story’s work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, said: “I am delighted that we are launching Museums Change Lives at a special event in Wales.

“The work that museums have done through the Fusion programme, which encourages people to take an active part in culture, really chimes with the values of Museums Change Lives.

“The case studies that we have from Wales clearly demonstrate the appetite that there is for socially engaged practice and that museums are striving to make a difference working with their communities.”

The event will take place at Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau (National Waterfront Museum), following the MA’s Members’ Meeting – Wales. The meeting and launch are free to attend for all MA individual and corporate members, as well as those staff whose institutions are members.

Links and downloads

Museums Change Lives 2017 [Welsh] (pdf)

Museums Change Lives