Community volunteers at St Fagans, which is part of the Our Museum programme

Successful models for participation explored in one-day seminar

Rebecca Atkinson, 06.05.2015
Places still available for event on 16 June
The Museums Association is holding a one-day seminar exploring how museums can develop models for participation by working with community partners.  

Take your partners: Creating sustainable participation will take place on 16 June at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Piotr Bienkowski, the project director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Our Museum programme, will open the seminar by looking at the main barriers to participation and how these can be addressed strategically. He will also introduce some new resources that are designed to support museums looking to become more participatory in their practice.

During the morning session, delegates will also hear from Stephanie Burge, the Our Museum coordinator at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, who will share its approach to working with community partners and the role that evaluation is playing in embedding this work across the service.

And cultural heritage consultant and researcher Diana Walters will introduce her work with international museums and networks, and discuss how museums in the UK can adopt an international approach to participation.

In the afternoon, there will be three practical workshops run by Rib Davis, the special projects manager at the Lightbox in Woking, consultant Laura Crossley, and Helen Graham, a research fellow at the University of Leeds.

These practical sessions will explore stakeholder mapping to identify potential partners; strategic approaches to nurturing long-term relationships; handing over control to community groups; and tactics for increasing participation and prompting organisational change whatever your role.

The seminar is for anyone interested in how they can embed participation at their organisation and work with community partners in a more sustainable way.


Timetable and booking information for Take your partners: Creating sustainable participation