Wednesday 27 February 2019
Horniman Museum and Gardens
This event explored approaches to integrating community engagement across more areas of your organisation’s work; how to support and encourage colleagues to embrace the ethos, understand how their role can contribute, and develop their skills and confidence.
Julia Cort, Community Learning Manager at the Horniman Museum and Gardens talked about their community engagement work and introduced their Discovery Boxes, Studio and World Gallery projects.
Rachel Harrison and Rana Ibrahim talked about their experience of working on the Multaka-Oxford Project, creating volunteer opportunities and using the Pitt Rivers and History of Science museums and collections as a ‘meeting point’ for bringing people together from asylum seeker and refugee communities.
In the afternoon we shared our experiences and knowledge in group discussions around:
- What do we mean by ‘community’?
- Why do community engagement?
- Whose responsibility is it to do community engagement?
- How do we identify and prioritise target audiences?
- How to ensure a legacy that survives beyond a fixed term project?
- How do we explain/demonstrate the value of community engagement work to decision-makers?