Dancer Chloe Mead performing in Dulwich Picture Gallery

Bringing museums

to life through dance

Welcome to 'The Imagination Museum' - a performance project bringing dance to museums and heritage sites across the UK, and a place to share events, opportunities, experiences and resources exploring ways of moving in museums.

About Us

Current Imagination Museum project - Mayflower 400

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19th October 2019

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400

National Civil War Centre, Newark

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7th November 2019

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400

All Saints' Church, Babworth

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A photograph of group reflections from the Imagination Museum Consortium workshop day written on post-its and paper


First Imagination Museum Consortium Day: what's next

A plan for what's next for the Imagination Museum Consortium, reflecting on what happened at our first discussion event

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Discussion taking place at dance/museums workshop event, Lincoln, May 2019


First Imagination Museum Consortium Day: what happened

Some thoughts from our first meeting of the Imagination Museum Consortium in Lincoln, May 2019

Case Study

Cotton – About Time Dance Company

Cotton is a site-responsive dance work for 3 professional dancers and a community cast; a captivating exploration through dance and sound, illuminating processes of cotton production in Lancashire.

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Suzie West - Clay Walks

On the 14th & 15th June, Wheal Martyn (St Austell, Cornwall) came alive. Each viewing point, settling tank, woodland path and museum yard was filled with a cast of 200 performers from the St Austell community.

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Bethan Peters - Royal Museums Greenwich

Between April 2015 and June 2016 I was invited to be the first choreographer in residence at Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG), which includes four iconic London sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark.

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Trying It On - Lea Anderson

A performed exhibition from Lea Anderson that delves deep into The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs costume archives (designers Sandy Powell, Simon Vincenzi & Emma Fryer) to dust off some treasures and re-present with a new twist.

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Ila Project - Dancing Strong

Dancing Strong's 'Ila' project connected primary schools to their local museums in Bristol, London and Flint (USA), involving them in the creative process of dance, exploring ideas about line, linking to the curriculum, and witnessing the creation of dance performance.

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Museums in Motion - Royston, Stevenage and Watford Museums

Museums in Motion was a series of community dance and technology participation projects working with three groups of young people aged 4 – 18 years old and their families. Each museum had a three-day creative process resulting in an audio-visual installation at the museum for 8 weeks that was also available online.

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Disgo Distaw Owain Glyndwr Silent Disco

Light Ladd & Emberton's award-nominated show was originally created in 2017 with investment from Visit Wales, in a partnership with Cadw, to be shown in the UNESCO world heritage castles of Edward I in north Wales.