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How to Develop Community Led Collecting & Curation — 28 March 2023

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This study day will explore new approaches and ways of thinking around collecting, interpretation and curation. In a creative and supportive environment, you will look at how you and your museum might break free from convention, exploring the tensions that exist and how you might overcome barriers.

You will gain first-hand experience of how to develop community led collecting, interpretation and curation and walk away with practical and actionable next steps that you can take back to your museum.

Held at Royal Museums Greenwich state-of-the-art conservation studio, the event will explore the journey they are on to provide greater access and representation and is designed for a wide range of professionals; curators, public offer and engagement teams, directors and department leaders, and collections professionals.

Places on this study day are limited to help create the most engaging and productive learning experience for participants.

How to Develop Community Led Collecting, Interpretation and Curation
Study Day, 28 March 2023, Royal Museums Greenwich’s Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, London

Workshop leaders: Mike Sarna has worked in museums for over 25 years from small to large — including eight years as Director of Collections and Senior Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and six years as Head of Interpretation and Design at the Natural History Museum in London. Between 2012–2018 Mike served as Director, Collections and Public Engagement, at Royal Museums Greenwich where he led the development of the public offer across four museums and the care and conservation of the collection. This included leading their £25 million Endeavour Project with the opening of four new permanent galleries.

Navjot Mangat is Senior Curator of Social Practice at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Navjot’s work focuses on participatory practice and its applications across different strands of museum work, from conservation and collections management to exhibition development and research, thinking about how communities can have more agency and influence over museum processes. He is passionate about making museums more accessible for those communities and people that have been historically marginalised and underrepresented. Navjot joined the Horniman from the Victoria and Albert Museum where he was Senior Interpretation and Participation Producer for V&A East and previously worked at Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Royal Museums Greenwich team leading the afternoon session at the study day will include Gail Symington, Executive Creative Director; Daniel Martin, Head of Collections Services; Sarah Lockwood, Head of Engagement; and Helen Mears, Head of Curatorship and Research.

Study Day Format: Working in small groups with a welcoming and informal atmosphere, study day participants will benefit from expert guidance and support coupled with hands-on, practical sessions. How to Develop Community Led, Collecting, Interpretation and Curation takes place on 28 March at Royal Museum Greenwich’s Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre in London.

THIS STUDY DAY IS NOW SOLD OUT. To be added to a wait list for a future edition of this study day please email We will contact you first if and when we plan to run the study day again. You will then have the option to book tickets in advance.

Book tickets: Click ‘Select options’ below to book your place on the study day. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from £177 – £137. Book with colleagues for multiple delegate discounts. Book your ticket online below or email if you prefer to be invoiced.

20% of tickets are available at a reduced rate for museum workers who may often be excluded from training and professional development opportunities, including people of colour, LGBTQ+ and working class members of staff, people with a disability, front of house staff, students, freelancers, those working at small independent museums, and people new to the sector. Reduced rate tickets are £97 – email to check availability and to book a ticket at the reduced rate.

The Museum Ideas 2023 Study Day and Conference programme is sponsored by Art Fund and BECK.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be swapped between colleagues at the same organisation and between different study days (if places are available). If the workshop is postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions your ticket remains valid for the rescheduled date.

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