MA launches next phase of Museums Change Lives

Patrick Steel, 30.03.2017
Events in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The Museums Association (MA) has launched the next phase of Museums Change Lives, campaigning for museums to develop their role as socially purposeful organisations and highlighting evidence that museums are working with their communities and delivering positive social impact.

Launch events across the UK will highlight the work that museums are doing to enhance health and wellbeing, create better places to live and work, and inspire engagement, debate and reflection. The events will be supported by the publication of an advocacy pamphlet detailing how museums are changing lives.

The pamphlet 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.

David Fleming, the director of National Museums Liverpool and the MA's president, says: "Museums Change Lives is a powerful statement of the difference that modern museums can make. It shows that they can be an essential part of the fabric of society and relevant to diverse and changing communities.

"It has a strong international resonance and has been discussed at events from Albania and Argentina to Taiwan and Ukraine. It is having enormous influence around the world.

"This is a movement for our times; a framework for promoting real impact by all museums, regardless of location, collection or mode of funding. I am delighted that the MA is continuing to promote its ambitious vision."

Launch events

29 March, Wellcome Collection, London

24 May, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Northern Ireland
13 September, Ulster Museum, Belfast

19 September, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Links and downloads

Museums Change Lives 2017 (pdf)

Museums Change Lives