Almut Grüner
Chair, UK Medical Collections Group

   Chief Executive, Thackray Medical Museum
UK Medical Collections
        Group




 “Our aim is to demonstrate how
   medical collections can make a
difference to t...
Hunterian Museum - Jenner Museum - British Dental Association – George
       Marshall Museum - Old Operating Theatre - Th...
Non-traditional museum audiences

• Older people
• Refugees and asylum seekers
• Adults with learning difficulties
• Retir...
Film 1: Hunterian Museum & pensioners
Film 2: Thackray Museum & deaf group
Film 3: British Dental Association & people wit...
“I hadn’t previously heard of the museum and it
  has provided me with extra knowledge of the
     development of medicine...
Collections?
  • Participants do the research
  • Intensive engagement with
  collections – over extended
  period of time...
Interpretation?

    • People’s own stories and
    individual experiences
    • Empathy with people in the
    past
    •...
“It has enabled us to use a new technique to explore
      the museum and work with a new audience.”


  “ We would not ha...
What did we get
 out of it?
 • Partnership works!
 • Win by losing control
 • A perspective we do not have
 • Better inter...
We have more ideas…
• Health, Well-being and the Medical
  Museum
  – Evidence that we can contribute
  – Research into ho...
“This project has given a voice to many people whose
    stories would not otherwise be seen or heard.”




  www.youtube....
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A presentation by Almut Gruner, CEO of the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, on behalf of the UK Medical Collections Group about the Medicine at the Movies project, presented at the SSN Conference 2010 - Networking the Networks.

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Medicine at the Movies - UK Medical Collections Group presentation

  1. 1. Almut Grüner Chair, UK Medical Collections Group Chief Executive, Thackray Medical Museum
  2. 2. UK Medical Collections Group “Our aim is to demonstrate how medical collections can make a difference to the public, to historical researchers and to professionals.”
  3. 3. Hunterian Museum - Jenner Museum - British Dental Association – George Marshall Museum - Old Operating Theatre - Thackray Museum In each museum, a group of adult learners explored the collections and learned how to make a short film. They chose the stories they wanted to tell, and how they wanted to tell them. Most had not been to “their” museum before.
  4. 4. Non-traditional museum audiences • Older people • Refugees and asylum seekers • Adults with learning difficulties • Retired mental health professionals and mental health service users • Unemployed writers • Hearing impaired
  5. 5. Film 1: Hunterian Museum & pensioners Film 2: Thackray Museum & deaf group Film 3: British Dental Association & people with learning disabilities Films available on www.youtube.com/user/ UKMCG
  6. 6. “I hadn’t previously heard of the museum and it has provided me with extra knowledge of the development of medicine in London.” “The Museum is a fascinating place and I’ve discussed it with colleagues and friends who are interested to visit the museum.”
  7. 7. Collections? • Participants do the research • Intensive engagement with collections – over extended period of time • Contributing their knowledge – e.g. from being affected by disease, disability, receiving treatment • Inspired by collections Workshop participants, Old Operating Theatre
  8. 8. Interpretation? • People’s own stories and individual experiences • Empathy with people in the past • Direct line from past to present • Finding their own way(s) of understanding collections • In-depth engagement with collections and their context Workshop participants, Thackray Museum
  9. 9. “It has enabled us to use a new technique to explore the museum and work with a new audience.” “ We would not have had the confidence to do a project like this on our own.”
  10. 10. What did we get out of it? • Partnership works! • Win by losing control • A perspective we do not have • Better interpretation • People appreciate our collections on an entirely different scale • Scope for further and wider cooperation Animated film scenes
  11. 11. We have more ideas… • Health, Well-being and the Medical Museum – Evidence that we can contribute – Research into how we can contribute more • Communication, communication, communication (in the network) • Social Return on Investment
  12. 12. “This project has given a voice to many people whose stories would not otherwise be seen or heard.” www.youtube.com/user/UKMCG

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