Archive for January 21, 2015

Museums and Communities Today: Opportunities of the AHRC ‘Connected Communities’ Theme

3 February 2015, 18.15-20.30
Science Museum Director’s Suite

A special event organised by the Public History Convenors Group (Institute of Historical Research) in conjunction with the Science Museum, the National Museums and Galleries Heads of Research and the AHRC.

A screening, presentation and panel discussion revealing the ways that museums, galleries, libraries and archives, with help from the AHRC’s ‘Connected Communities’ theme, have been working with many kinds of communities to tell new kinds of stories about collections, linking personal stories into the fabric of museum displays and the stories of objects. Followed by Questions and Answers from the speakers and other Museum participants in Connected Communities projects and a drinks reception.

All welcome. Admission is free but places are limited. Please register to attend before 2 February 2015 by sending an RSVP e-mail to:

The Silver Stories Conference: Call for Papers Now Open until 26 Feb 2015!

Silver Stories Conference

26-27 May 2015, School of Health Sciences, Leiria, Portugal

The “Silver Stories International Conference” hosted by the School of Health Sciences (ESSLei), of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria), will be held on 2015, from May 26 to 27, at the IPLeiria campus, Leiria, Portugal.

The programme of the meeting brings together the work and research developed by a partnership of nine organizations, from six countries (Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and United Kingdom). This conference is part of a 2-year project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, and focuses on the use of Digital Storytelling within the context of the elderly and within community contexts.

Registration is FREE and should be performed until May 19, 2015.

Proposals (with a maximum of 250 words) and a brief bio are highly welcome (submission form).

Topics of interest include:

- Using Digital Storytelling with Older People.

- Digital Storytelling and Reflective Practice

- Digital Storytelling and Community

The programme of the conference can be found at the Silver Stories Conference Site.

Please direct any inquiries to

We are looking forward to host in Leiria!

By the Organizing and Scientific Committee

Maria dos Anjos Dixe, PhD

Important dates

 ·    Abstract submission deadline: 26 February 2015, 5pm.

  • Decisions on abstracts: 30 March 2014.
  • Publication of final programme: 6 April 2015.
  • Registration deadline: 19 may 2015
  • Conference dates: Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 May 2015.

Craftivists Garden Party 27th January, Toynbee Hall London


Craft, Connect, Reflect, Challenge & Grow!


Where: THE LECTURE HALL, TOYNBEE HALL, LONDON, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS
020 7247 6943


12.00 – 5.00:  Stitch-in Workshops and discussion including afternoon tea at 3.00

5.30 – 9.00: Drinks and Speakers: including Sarah Corbett Craftivist Collective, Jayne Howard Arts for Health Cornwall, John McMahon Crafts Council, Daniel Carpenter Voluntary Arts England, George McKay, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Dr Fiona Hackney Falmouth University

Taking the flower garden as a metaphor for flourishing, the activist project Craftivists Garden has been raising consciousness about crafts and health. Hundreds of crafters from across the UK and Ireland have participated, making flowers and sharing thoughts about crafting for wellbeing through project ‘stitch-ins’, blogs, the project app, and on Twitter via #wellMAKING.


The Garden Party is an opportunity to view over 400 beautiful flowers hand-made by participants and read their thoughts and reflections. You are invited for afternoon tea while taking part in live ‘stitch-ins’ run by project facilitators, and/or evening drinks and discussion with invited speakers.


Craftivists Garden is a project that moves beyond any simple conception of therapeutic craft to explore how making can operate as a tool for critical thinking and help us grapple with the big issues that affect our lives, so there is plenty to talk about!


All attendees will receive a free copy of the Craftivists Garden booklet, which gives you all the information you need to run your own #wellMAKING event.


Please sign up for one or both of these events at:

Or go direct to the Eventbrite page at:


We look forward to seeing you at the Craftivists Garden Party.


For more information please see the Project websites: