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Museums showcase projects for people with learning disabilities

Nicola Sullivan, 15.04.2015
Case studies show Museums Change Lives in action
The Museums Association (MA) is publishing a range case studies to show how museums are collaborating with third-party organisations on projects for people with learning disabilities.

The case studies are part of the MA's Museums Change Lives campaign, and will illustrate how museums can enhance wellbeing, impact communities and the environment and promote learning and contemporary thought. It encourages museums to think about how they inspire people and ideas.

Among those museums in the new tranche of case studies on learning disabilities are: the British Library, the Museum of Liverpool and Manchester Art Gallery. All case studies will be published on the MA's website in due course. 

Call for case studies

The MA is also calling for the museum sector to provide case studies about projects that engage communities in the history, procedures and concepts of political and social debate.

Alistair Brown, the policy officer at the MA, said: "We know that museums have the potential to inspire critical thinking about current issues, and bring about change for the better.

"As the general election approaches and public scrutiny of the political, social and environmental challenges we face increases, it seems like the right time to ask museums what they have done in the past to raise awareness and provoke debate."

Submissions should be 500 words and set out the following: a description of the project objectives and how they were achieved; how the museum worked with stakeholders; how the project was funded; and outcomes and evaluation.

All case studies need to be sent to emma.faulkner@museumsassociation.org by Friday 8 May.

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