Museum Ideas Study Day: People Centred and Community Led Interpretation
Tuesday 28 April 2020 at Wellcome Trust
Museums have worked with communities for years and the impact has been immense. In this era of participation, this study day will explore how museums and science centres now engage with communities in more active and meaningful ways.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from successful case studies of how museums have effectively worked with communities to co-create exhibitions. The workshop will also be exploring what happens when communities gain agency and demand more than just a say in future interactions with cultural institutions. It will examine what this means for your public offer and support your thinking and development surrounding exhibitions that value community input.
The study day will include sessions on the spectrum of participation, how you continue the relationship with communities after exhibitions open, the question of agency, and what People Centred / Community Led Participation will look like at your organisation. The event will be held at the Wellcome Trust and include break-outs at Wellcome Collection.
Workshop leader: 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 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 at the National Maritime Museum. Mike is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and is currently the Inspiring Science Fund Manager for Wellcome Trust, managing a £30 million scheme supporting science centres across the UK. He is also an independent museums consultant, facilitator and a certified coach.
Study Day Format: Working in small groups with a welcoming atmosphere, study day participants will benefit from expert guidance and support coupled with hands-on, practical sessions. Places are limited to ensure every participant gets the most from the day. The ‘People Centred and Community Led Interpretation’ study day takes place at Wellcome Trust on Tuesday 28 April 2020. Registration will be at 10am and the event will close at 4.00pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
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