HorizontalMuseums
Group for Education in Museums Conference
University of Leeds
Keynote 4th September 2013
Helen Graham
Ce...
Partnership
Participation
Co-curation
Co-Creation
1.
2.
20133.
4.
5.
1. Hopper-Greenhill et al (2000) Museums and Social Inclusion: THE GLLAM Report. See http://bit.ly/14pc...
1. 3.
2.
4.
1. Museum Association (2013) ‘Museums Change Lives’ . See http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-
change-li...
1. Bernadette Lynch (2010) Whose Cake is it Anyway?’ Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
2. Laurajane Smith and Emma Wateron (2010) He...
Equal partnership
Sharing authority
Sustainable relationships
Contributors not just audience
Museum values personal contributions to collections
but sees this as a transfer of ownership from the
individual to the mu...
How should
decisions about
heritage be made?:
Co-designing a
research project
AHRC Connected Communities Programme, Co-Des...
Martin Bashforth, York’s Alternative History and
Radical Historian
Mike Benson, Director, Bede’s World
Tim Boon, Head of R...
Blocks
Sticking
points
What makes decision
making about heritage
hard?
Fringe workshop: Power and
Freedom of Self in Museums?
4th September, 6.30-7.30
St George’s Room, University House
Univers...
Museum values personal contributions to collections but seeing
this as a transfer of ownership from the individual to the ...
Museum values personal contributions to collections but seeing
this as a transfer of ownership from the individual to the ...
A meta-
?
‘on behalf of…’
‘the people’
‘demos/democracy’
Voting
Elected
representatives
Delegated
authority
(As visitors)
‘Represent all’
‘Be access...
‘the people’
‘demos/democracy’
Voting
Elected
representatives
Delegated
authority
(As visitors)
‘Represent all’
‘Be access...
Community development /
action research
Alterglobalisation movement /
Occupy
1.
2.
3.
4.
1. Alison Gilchrist (2009) The We...
1. See the museum from the outside
(…the museum isn’t the centre of the world)
THE
MUSEUM
THE
MUSEUM
2. There is no such things as ‘everybody’
(…but there are people and all sorts of
relationships and networks)
THE
MUSEUM
NEW NODE
3. The ends don’t justify the means
(…and the means really matter)
4. It’s about how decisions are made not (only)
who makes them
5. The dangers of networking (or why we
need the two types of horizontal practices)
6. (Maybe) the future can take care of itself
New forms of
democracy
Inequality
Outsourcing
Volunteers
not paid staff
Equality?
Diversity?
Activism
‘People’ /
‘power’
Keep in touch with the ‘how
should decisions about heritage be
made project?’
Blog:
http://codesignheritage.wordpress
.com...
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  • Horizontal Museums

    1. 1. HorizontalMuseums Group for Education in Museums Conference University of Leeds Keynote 4th September 2013 Helen Graham Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage University of Leeds
    2. 2. Partnership Participation Co-curation Co-Creation
    3. 3. 1. 2. 20133. 4. 5. 1. Hopper-Greenhill et al (2000) Museums and Social Inclusion: THE GLLAM Report. See http://bit.ly/14pcVLU 2. Dodd et al (2002) A Catalyst for Change: The Social Impact of the Open Museum. See http://bit.ly/1dNyY8g 3. Nina Simon (2010) The Participatory Museum. See http://www.participatorymuseum.org/ 4. The Happy Museum project. See http://www.happymuseumproject.org/ 5. Paul Hamlyn Trust, Our Museum project, see http://ourmuseum.ning.com/ 2000
    4. 4. 1. 3. 2. 4. 1. Museum Association (2013) ‘Museums Change Lives’ . See http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums- change-lives 2. Healthy Attendance: The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with life in Scotland 2013 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/08/9956 3. Jonathan Jones (2010) ‘Museum funding cuts: A danger to democracy’, Guardian Unlimited. 4. Richard Sandell and Eithnie Nightingale (2012) Museums, Equality and Social Justice. London Routledge.
    5. 5. 1. Bernadette Lynch (2010) Whose Cake is it Anyway?’ Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 2. Laurajane Smith and Emma Wateron (2010) Heritage, Communities and Archaeology. Duckworth.
    6. 6. Equal partnership Sharing authority Sustainable relationships Contributors not just audience
    7. 7. Museum values personal contributions to collections but sees this as a transfer of ownership from the individual to the museum Museum wants to work with individuals and groups to co-curate but key interpretative decision remain with the museum In depth work with small groups of people being celebrated by the museum but also worried about – are we including enough people or the right people?
    8. 8. How should decisions about heritage be made?: Co-designing a research project AHRC Connected Communities Programme, Co-Design Development Grant The funding was broken into two phases. In Phase 1 (February-May 2013) we designed the research. Phase 2 begins in July 2013 and runs for 12 months. http://codesignheritage.wordpress.com/
    9. 9. Martin Bashforth, York’s Alternative History and Radical Historian Mike Benson, Director, Bede’s World Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History, Science Museum Karen Brookfield, Deputy Director, Strategy, Heritage Lottery Fund Peter Brown, Director, York Civic Trust Danny Callaghan, Independent Consultant and Co-ordinator for Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative: ‘Building Stories’ and ‘The Potteries Tile Trail’ (HLF All Our Stories). Richard Courtney, University of Leicester Alex Hale, Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland Paddy Hodgkiss, Riccall Community Archive Rebecca Madgin, University of Leicester Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Jennifer Timothy, Senior Building Conservation Officer, Leicester City Council Rachael Turner, MadLab and ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ project (HLF All Our Stories)
    10. 10. Blocks Sticking points What makes decision making about heritage hard?
    11. 11. Fringe workshop: Power and Freedom of Self in Museums? 4th September, 6.30-7.30 St George’s Room, University House University of Leeds Mike Benson and Kathy Cremin, Bede’s World Mike and Kathy will share their approaches to creating museums where people are free to lead at every level. They will reflect on ways of working with volunteers and partners collaboratively developed at Ryedale Folk Museum and Bede’s World which draw on tried-and-tested cooperative models, founded on giving space for individual autonomy and action.
    12. 12. Museum values personal contributions to collections but seeing this as a transfer of ownership from the individual to the museum Museum wants to work with individuals and groups to co-curate but key interpretative decision remain with the museum In depth work with small groups of people being celebrated by the museum but also worried about – are we including enough people or the right people? Museums appropriate people’s personal histories Museums take control behind people’s backs Museums dismiss individual people’s contributions
    13. 13. Museum values personal contributions to collections but seeing this as a transfer of ownership from the individual to the museum Museum wants to work with individuals and groups to co-curate but key interpretative decision remain with the museum In depth work with small groups of people being celebrated by the museum but also worried about – are we including enough people or the right people? The museum needs to ask individuals to sign copyright forms to ensure the institution can make the oral histories can make items available to everyone Museums draw on professional standards to ensure high quality and accessible visitor-focused exhibitions Museums asks if they are working fairly, equally and inclusively with the range of individuals and groups in their local area.
    14. 14. A meta- ? ‘on behalf of…’
    15. 15. ‘the people’ ‘demos/democracy’ Voting Elected representatives Delegated authority (As visitors) ‘Represent all’ ‘Be accessible to all’ Museum
    16. 16. ‘the people’ ‘demos/democracy’ Voting Elected representatives Delegated authority (As visitors) ‘Represent all’ ‘Be accessible to all’ Museum
    17. 17. Community development / action research Alterglobalisation movement / Occupy 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. Alison Gilchrist (2009) The Well-Connected Community. Bristol: Policy Press. 2. Danny Burns (2007) Systemic Action Research: A Strategy for Whole Systems Change. Bristol: Policy Press. 3. Marianne Maeckelbergh (2009) The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy. London: Pluto, p. 108 4. David Graeber (2013) The Democracy Project: A history, A crisis, A movement. New York: Spiegel & Grau
    18. 18. 1. See the museum from the outside (…the museum isn’t the centre of the world) THE MUSEUM
    19. 19. THE MUSEUM
    20. 20. 2. There is no such things as ‘everybody’ (…but there are people and all sorts of relationships and networks)
    21. 21. THE MUSEUM NEW NODE
    22. 22. 3. The ends don’t justify the means (…and the means really matter)
    23. 23. 4. It’s about how decisions are made not (only) who makes them
    24. 24. 5. The dangers of networking (or why we need the two types of horizontal practices)
    25. 25. 6. (Maybe) the future can take care of itself
    26. 26. New forms of democracy Inequality Outsourcing Volunteers not paid staff Equality? Diversity? Activism ‘People’ / ‘power’
    27. 27. Keep in touch with the ‘how should decisions about heritage be made project?’ Blog: http://codesignheritage.wordpress .com/ JISC Mailing list: http://bit.ly/YWWnXP Email: h.graham@leeds.ac.uk
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