Limited places left at People Power: Embedding Community Participation

Alex Stevens, 16.08.2018
Learn about effective community engagement at event on 12 September
Limited tickets are remaining for People Power: Embedding Community Participation at Glasgow Concert Halls on 12 September. 

The Museums Association (MA) one-day conference will explore the benefits of community participation for museums and the public, looking at how new ideas and perspectives can be uncovered and how museums can better represent their local communities. 

It will also ask whether community work is creating real, effective change for museums, their partners and the lives of the people they work with. 

Speakers include Paddy Gilmore, the head of programmes of National Museums Northern Ireland, Kayte McSweeney, community partnerships manager at the British Museum, and Aileen Strachan, content delivery manager at Paisley Museum, who will discuss how they approach community participation and consider the challenges faced by delegates. 

Rachel Thain-Gray, the project coordinator of Glasgow Women’s Library’s Equality in Progress project, will lead a discussion with partners on the challenges and opportunities for museums and other organisations working together. 

An informal lunchtime workshop run by Sam Jenkins and Anne Sharman of @Museum_Wellness will offer a space for museum professionals to share problems and suggest solutions for professional mental health support. 

Practical approaches to co-curation, volunteering, funding and other types of community work will be discussed by Esther Amis-Hughes, the youth engagement officer at Leeds City Museum, Adam Corsini, the archaeology collections manager at the Museum of London, and Nia Williams, the head of learning and engagement at Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales).

A new framework for evaluating and supporting participatory practice, developed by the MA and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), will be introduced by the MA’s director Sharon Heal, followed by a closing roundtable session on what has been covered during the day led by Piotr Bienkowski, the project director of PHF’s Our Museum programme. 

The conference will be introduced, chaired and facilitated by Victoria Hollows, the senior museum manager of Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums. 

Tickets for MA individual, corporate and institutional members are £125; for prospective AMA members £95; for MA student, retired or unwaged members £55; and for non-members £195.

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