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Making Connections Through Collections

Traditionally, conversations about museums ‘acquisitions’, i.e. what they bring into the collection or not, take place within a small group of museum staff. In this project we want to learn more about how our collections are perceived and find out if we can become more collaborative in our acquisition of new collections. 

Working with small group of community participants, we will  examine the role of the museum and explore how acquisitions can play a part in making the museum a more inclusive place. In a series of four workshops we will review existing collections, talk about the collections acquisition process, and find out what other stories the group think we should be telling through our collections. 

Initial Research Questions

Project team

Habda Rashid, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art

Ruth Clark, Learning Associate Inclusion

David Farell-Banks, Participatory Research and Impact Co-ordinator

Kate Noble, Senior Research Associate Museum Learning 

Jo Vine, Head of Research 

Outcomes of the project

The results of this project will be analysed and interpreted and reported to the Museum’s Collections Development Group (the group that makes decisions on acquisitions). Results may also be included in project reports, presentations and publications.

We hope that the results of this project will allow us to develop future projects focused on our collections and acquisition processes.

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