Full programme for community participation conference unveiled

Simon Stephens, 25.07.2018
People Power: Embedding Community Participation takes place at Glasgow Concert Halls on 12 September
The Museums Association (MA) has released the full line-up of speakers for People Power: Embedding Community Participation, a one-day conference in Glasgow on 12 September.

The event, which will be chaired by Victoria Hollows, a senior museum manager at Glasgow Life, will examine how museums can ensure community engagement work is sustainable, embedded in their organisations and does not draw on participants’ experiences or skills without giving something back.

The conference will allow delegates to explore a new framework for evaluating and supporting participatory practice developed by the Museums Association and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This interactive session will be led by MA director Sharon Heal.

The first session will see a panel of speakers respond to the challenges raised by delegates of developing effective participation programmes. The speakers are Paddy Gilmore, head of programmes, National Museums Northern Ireland and MA board member; Kayte McSweeney, community partnerships manager: participation and collections, British Museum; and Aileen Strachan, content delivery manager at Paisley Museum.

Then, Rachel Thain-Gray from Glasgow Women's Library will talk to some of her institution’s community partners about their work together.

In the afternoon there will be a panel discussion about where the opportunities lie for working effectively with communities, whether that’s related to volunteers, co-curation or funding.

The speakers are Esther Amis-Hughes, youth engagement officer, Leeds City Museum; Adam Corsini, archaeology collections manager, Museum of London; and Nia Williams, the head of learning and engagement at Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales).

The day will conclude with Piotr Bienkowski, project director for the Our Museum programme, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, leading a session that will encourage delegates to reflect on what they have learned during the day and how this might help them to support participatory practice in their own organisations.

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People Power: Embedding Community Participation