Archive for February 15, 2016

Share Academy – Future of Collaboration: II

The Future of Collaboration II
11th April 2016


Share Academy has spent the last four years brokering and evaluating university/museum partnerships and identifying best practice in the field. More recently we’ve been sharing our learning with museums across the country and building relationships with other organisations which are engaging with or leading on collaborative practice.

The morning of this day symposium will focus on university/museum partnerships at a national, strategic level with speakers from the University Museums Group, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.

The afternoon will look at university/cultural-heritage partnerships more widely with speakers from The National Archives, Beyond the Creative Campus and Connected Communities. The keynote will be given by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England. Lunch is provided.


Please register for the event using our Eventbrite page:


First National Museums and Wellbeing Week (29 February – 6 March 2016)

Showcase your work for National Museums and Wellbeing Week! (29 February – 6 March 2016)

Image © Joel Chester-Fildes (for the Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership)


First National Museums and Wellbeing Week

(29 February – 6 March 2016)


The first annual Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place from 29 February to 6 March 2016. This event will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are already doing in this field. It will be launched with a roundtable onMuseums and Health for the All Party Parliamentary Working Group on Arts & Health set up to raise awareness of what museums can offer around wellbeing.

We need you!
We want to mobilise as many museums and networks as possible to show off your established projects. You might be a local authority museum, or a museum with medical collections, or a museum already running health & wellbeing programmes for your local community, or a volunteer-run museum exploring ways to become more sustainable or a museum of any size interested in health and wellbeing.

Get involved!

  • Showcase what you are already doing and badge up your existing health and wellbeing programmes and activities
  • Develop new activities or run a one-off activity
  • Set up a pop-up information stand for an afternoon or even an hour with a member of staff, volunteer or freelance artist
  • Publicise your events through Twitter with our hashtag#museumsandwellbeing

Benefits to you

All events are added to the National Museums and Wellbeing Week events calendar on our website.


What next?

Send us details of your event(s) including:

  • Programme/activity title
  • Organisation
  • Venue and location
  • Date and time
  • Brief description (200 words)
  • Booking details
  • Link


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Book now for this event organised by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing.

Museums and an Ageing Population
Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Museum Studies Lecture Hall, Museum Studies Building, University Of Leicester, 19 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RF, 0116 252 3963


Globally the population is ageing. By 2050, it is estimated that one in four people in the UK will be aged over 65. What are the implications of an ageing population for museums? Old age is often presented as a burden or a problem, associated with inevitable physical and mental decline, but how can museums support older people to realise their full potential and to keep participating in society in meaningful, and fulfilling, ways?
How can museums promote the rights of older people? In conversation with Claire Keatinge, the first Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland and Esmé Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museums, this session will explore how museums can meet the needs of older people, creating inspiring and engaging encounters putting older people’s rights at the centre of Museum practice. Come and enjoy a glass of wine, and discuss some thought-provoking ideas.


Claire Keatinge, the former Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland, and Esmé Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museums


Jocelyn Dodd Director, RCMG


Booking information: RSVP to Ceri Jones,