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Museum Activism Seminar: Claiming Space and Making Change

FREE Museum Ideas 2017 Seminar
Event: Claiming Space and Making Change: Activism, Agency and a New Kind of Museum
Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017
Time: 12.00pm – 2.20pm
Venue: Terrace Gallery, Museum of London

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The word activism is becoming increasingly prominent in the museum field and there is increasing interest and recognition that museums must engage and respond in some way to the current challenges in society. This pre-conference seminar – part of the Museum Ideas 2017 event – explores ideas and examples of activism currently taking place in museums and charts possible ways forward. The seminar will examine how museum are actively campaigning on issues such as LGBT+ rights, homelessness and migration and show that risk taking and radical inclusion are crucial for the future of museums.

How to book: This special pre-conference seminar is FREE to attend for Museum Ideas 2017 delegates. To reserve your place please email Space on the seminar is limited so please book now to secure your seat. Not booked your Museum Ideas 2017 ticket yet? Find out more and book your ticket today

Contributors to this seminar include:

• Adele Patrick, Co-Founder / Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library
Adele Patrick has been involved in research and academic and community learning and teaching on gender for over 20 years. Adele co-founded Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in 1991 and is currently GWL’s Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager. She has had a key leadership role in GWL which has grown from a grassroots project to a Recognised Collection of National Significance and is the sole accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the UK.

• Catherine O’Donnell, Programme Manager, People’s History Museum, Manchester
Catherine O’Donnell is Programme Manager at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Catherine aims to work cross-departmentally to experiment with and embed new approaches to engagement so the museum can become more relevant, responsive and resonant to its visitors and the wider world. Catherine is also a Council Member of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. She holds an MA in Museum Studies and is an Associate of the Museums Association.

• Jess Turtle and Matt Turtle, Co-Founders, Museum of Homelessnes
Jess and Matt are the co-founders of the UK’s first Museum of Homelessness, which is being developed by people from all walks of life, including – and in particular – those who have been homeless. As well as developing the Museum of Homelessness (MoH), Jess works on the Policy and Programmes team at the Museums Association, is the Chair of Trustees for the Simon Community and also sits on Battersea Arts Centre’s heritage committee. Matt currently works full-time on the MoH but has previously worked in programming roles for organisations such as the Design Museum, Crafts Council and the Royal Academy of Arts.

• Emily Miller, Head of Learning and Partnerships, Migration Museum Project
Emily Miller is Head of Learning and Partnerships at the Migration Museum Project (MMP). Emily has a background in education and youth development work and since joining MMP in 2013 she has overseen the creation and development of its education programme. Emily is currently coordinating an Arts Council England-funded Migration Museums Network, a knowledge-sharing network bringing together museums and galleries across the UK to share knowledge and increase outputs related to migration.

Museum Ideas 2017, London: 3 days, 30+ speakers, workshops, seminars and conference


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