Welcome to the blog spot for the London Museums Group (LMG) - a place where we’ll look in more depth at the issues affecting museums, the sector, and the workforce. Here we will post links to our LMG blog, with pieces written by our Blogger-in-Residence Julie Reynolds, invited guest bloggers, and other LMG members.
Please note that the opinions expressed in these blogs are personal to the authors and do not represent an official statement from LMG.
Can museums improve a person's health and wellbeing? This is a question that Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director of UCL Museums and her team have been seeking to answer by taking collections into hospitals. Here, in the LMG blog post Museums, Health & Wellbeing Helen answers the above question and shares some insights into the work undertaken so far. We hope you enjoy this blog. Please feel free to comment and share via tweet, linkedin etc.
This month we have three blogs for you | Josie Gale, Centenary Programme Museum Liaison Officer for English Regions, Imperial War Museums kindly shares the story of her work so far in The First World War Centenary | A Great Opportunity for Museums To carry on the theme of sharing we've re-published two blogs that talk about objects, text and exhibitions from friends | Museum Practice and UCL Museums and Collections Owning up to Authorship by Sally Macdonald, Director, Museums and Public Engagement, UCL who asks the question 'is it worth thinking about how we might, as museum staff, own up to authorship of exhibitions and displays?' And in Touching Objects | Waulud's Bank Object Box, Timothy Vickers, Collections Care Officer, Luton Culture talks about the importance of touching 'real' objects in handling learning resources. We hope you enjoy the blogs.
In the autumn of 2012, Arts Council England funded University College London, the University of Arts London, and the London Museums Group to investigate how those working in museums and universities could effectively team up in order to reap the rewards of collaborative partnership | Share Academy. Project managers, Dr Leonie Hannan Teaching Fellow in the Museums & Public Engagement department at UCL and Paddy McNulty LMG Committee Member and Director of Paddy McNulty Associates, have kindly written a blog: University Challenge | Exploring university and museum relationships in the Share Academy project sharing insights into the projects developed, findings and lessons learned along the way.
Share Academy is hosting a symposium and networking event on 10 April 2013 to bring together interested individuals from across London museums and universities to explore the practical potential of forging a closer working relationship. To book a place please click here.
For more information on Share Academy click here
We hope you enjoy the blog.
Julie ReynoldsLMG Blogger in Residence
This month we have teamed up with Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum to co-publish the blog Radical Collaboration | Tools for Partnering with Community Members.
Nina designs and researches participatory museum experiences and this blog, written by her two colleagues, acts as a toolkit for anyone looking to sustain engagement with community partners and wanting to know how to say thank you with no budget.
We hope you enjoy the insights shared. Please take part in the blog conversation, sharing your experiences and insights answering the authors' questions | How do you collaborate with your community? What tools and methods have you found beneficial?
This story was originally published on Nina Simon's Museum 2.0 blog and is republished on LMG's blog space with the kind permission of the authors and Nina Simon.