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Messing around at the Museum: Radical and serious!

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The Happy Museum's Playful Places network is pleased to announce details of our next workshop which will take place at Chester Zoo on Monday November 5th. If you are interested in finding ideas and support to provide better opportunities for play at your venue, then this event is for you.

This time we are getting serious and radical with two key themes - how to make radical occu-playtions in your Museum space, and putting play into our strategic plans. The session will also provide opportunities to get playful, pick up new creative ideas, find out more about the Play! programme at Chester Zoo as well as networking with the group which includes staff from the National Trust, Manchester Museum, The Atkinson, Oxford Museums and Eureka!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This is how previous attendees felt after our last event:

"Playful, creative, excited, positive, optimistic, inspired, enlightened."

"The group focus and discussion on playful approaches revealed many solutions to problems that have been difficult to solve in isolation."

"Since the session we are going to experiment with our spaces, creating conditions rather than activities for play - changing the way we have done things in some areas for a long time."

Session content for November 5th

Creating a strategic vision for play

Why are we talking about strategy? Building on playful experiments, staff training and the findings of their study into their Play! at the zoo campaign in 2017-18, Chester Zoo have moved further towards embedding play into their ongoing work. As part of this work, the zoo team have been developing a strategic play plan/policy document to outline why play matters and how it should be incorporated into a variety of zoo operations. During the session they will share some of the challenges of putting play into policy across a large and complex organisation and how they plan to ensure it is implemented. Leading on from the presentation, the group will work on drafting strategic principles that can suit the different needs of their sector organisations, and kick-start the development of a strategic guide for play that can support the group and the wider sector to embed playful values in their settings.

What happened when we Occuplayed?

Occuplay is a project initiated by Megan Dickerson of Think Play Create in the U.S. and Charlotte Derry from The Happy Museum and Playful Places. In this pilot project we challenged museum and gallery settings to follow a series of 8 playful interventions and activities within their galleries and museum spaces over the course of Summer 2018. Some of the challenges were about making changes to museum space, some were about providing permission for complete nonsense to develop, and some were simply cerebral questions designed for the entire staff team to participate in - to get them thinking about the value of play. Participants in the pilot will share their stories of what happened, what went well, what they learnt about their museum team, and their top tips for making creative, playful changes. Going forward, we want to share this model across the sector with a supported programme of training and mentoring: This session will provide a great opportunity to input into the future planning of an initiative that's achievable and realistic for settings to benefit from.

Playing and talking about play

As with all of the Happy Museum gatherings, the session will be playful and active, as well as serious. There will be lots of time to share ideas and talk with people with different levels of experience that match where you are at, whether you are someone curious and new to play, or if you are wanting to go deeper into understanding and practice. We believe the best learning happens when we spend time talking together making meaningful connections, and when we have fun - we'll aim to do lots of both during the session!

We would strongly encourage you to come with colleagues if possible - ideally representing a range of roles within your service: Playing impacts upon and affects everyone's roles and providing playful opporttunities works best when everyone is part of planning and managing - and we'll speak more about the success of this approach during the session.

The playful places network is an emerging and growing group of affiliates and professionals from the cultural sector engaged with planning and championing play in their settings and in cultural spaces. See https://playfulplaces.tumblr.com/info to get involved.

Location and costs

The workshop will take place at Chester Zoo between 11 a.m. and 4.15 p.m. We'll send joining instructions closer to the date of the event. The cost is £30 per person, with a maximum of 4 people per organisation. If you would like to bring more people, there may be spaces available at a later stage - please contact the organiser at the time of booking, and we can get back to you..

For more information about the event, please get in touch with Charlotte on 07982 198469 or via weareplayful@playfulplaces.co.uk.


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