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People Centred and Community Led Interpretation — 12 July 2022

Wellcome Library, London © Wellcome Collection

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.

People Centred and Community Led Interpretation
Study Day, 12 July, Museum of London

Workshop leader: 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 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.

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.

Tickets: Click ‘Select options’ below to reserve tickets. Book with colleagues for multiple delegate discounts — tickets available on a sliding scale from £137 per person. Book your ticket online below or email if you prefer to be invoiced.

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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