Community Engagement for museums, libraries, and archives: An introduction

This event is really directed towards mainstream heritage practitioners. But it is interesting to know that it is taking place (and how I wonder will the community perspective be presented, if at all?). The full programme of MLA training events for the autumn can be downloaded here. It is, I feel, fairly evident that they don’t really have the independent sector in mind…

Title: Community Engagement for museums, libraries, and archives: An introduction
Location: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Description: This MLA course is one of a series of three community engagement courses aimed at museums, libraries, and archives. Delegates are welcome to attend just one course, or a combination of the three.

This one day course will be interactive and participative and will draw upon the experience and skills of the participants to consider community engagement in the museums, libraries and archives sector.

Prior to the course, participants will be sent some background materials including a policy briefing and will be asked to identify a current or proposed community engagement project, activity or issue that they would like to focus on with other participants in an afternoon session.


· To develop an understanding of community engagement

· To consider different ways to engage with local communities

· Identify the ‘barriers’ for organisations and individuals that inhibit community engagement and these can be overcome

· To help to develop ongoing networks and sharing of practice.

Trainers: John Vincent – Networker for “The Network – tackling social exclusion …” and Cathy Herman, Independent Consultant

Cost: £95 for organisations within London; £100 for organisations outside of London (Renaissance London is able to offer 7 funded places on this course to museum practitioners from London museums (priority to non-Hub and non National museums)). All course papers are included in the price. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2008-09-17
End Time: 16:30


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