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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 wanted to learn more about how our collections are perceived and find out if we could become more collaborative in our acquisition of new collections. 

Working with small group of community participants, we examined the role of the museum and explored how acquisitions might play a part in making the museum a more inclusive place. In a series of workshops we reviewed existing collections, talked about the collections acquisition process, and discussed what other stories the group think we should be telling through our collections. 

Initial Research Questions

You can read more about the project in this blog post by project participant Rob Hales Making Connections Through Collections blog post

This project was funded through Research England Participatory Research funding, allocated via the Collections, Connections, Communities Strategic Research Initative.

Related publications

Making Connections Through Collections Briefing Paper

Project team

Anasuya, Isaac, Jade, Jacqui, Kath, Rick, Rob, Sue, Susan and Tim

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 shared with 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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