SW Museum Skills - Sharing your collection in the community

SW Museum Skills - Sharing your collection in the community

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The Great Western Hotel

The Great Western Hotel, Station Approach



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This fusion session will look at everything you need to deliver an enjoyable session for the community, using objects from your collection.

About this event

Our fusion sessions bring together two different but interrelated training courses to provide a holistic approach to a particular topic. You will leave with increased skills and knowledge in two diverse areas, and have the confidence to apply a range of new ideas and approaches in your museums.

This fusion session will look at everything your museum needs to consider to plan and deliver an enjoyable session for the community, using appropriate objects from your collection.

You will discuss ideas for designing sessions, defining the target audience, choosing a location, volunteer involvement and how to evaluate your session. You will also engage in practical training focused on: choosing appropriate objects, creating a handling collection and managing your collection when you’re out and about.

This course will be held in-person at the Great Western Hotel in Taunton. Covid mitigations will be put in place where possible, including the provision of hand sanitizer, and mask-wearing is welcomed. However, due to the practical nature of the session, we will not be able to implement social distancing.

Who should attend?

Anyone working and volunteering in museums in the south west who is responsible for collections and would like to explore engaging communities with collections

Anyone who delivers events and activities in their museums who wants to understand more about outreach with collections.

What will you learn?

By the end of the day, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of a collections session in the community
  • Feel more confident about defining your target audience and location for your session
  • Have experienced practical ways to handle and transport objects safely
  • Have discussed ways of promoting your session
  • Understand why and how to evaluate your session

Session Leaders:

Helena Jaeschke is an accredited conservator with a degree in archaeological conservation and more than 40 years’ experience working with museums and collections in the UK and overseas. She supports museums across the southwest with all aspects of caring for their collections.

Eleanor Moore is the Sustainable Volunteering Officer for South West Museum Development. Her role involves the provision of advice and support to museums across the region to help develop volunteering practice. She works closely with the Museum Development Officers and through county network groups. Her background is in social and community history curatorship and advisory work within the museums sector, with experience of managing volunteer teams.

How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?

9.1 To provide stimulating learning and discovery activities, including exhibitions and programmes based on your collections

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