Dancers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths and Lucy Starkey performing The Imagination Museum on Southampton waterfront

The Imagination Museum Consortium October 2020 - where are we now?


Following on from our sold out Imagination Museum Consortium events in July 2020, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding another free online discussion event (via Zoom) for those interested in using dance and movement within heritage:

on the 22nd October 2020

from 10-12noon

The consortium events we held earlier in the year focused more on the dancer perspective. This time we want to hear from a range of museum, archive, gallery perspectives about reopening and some of the key concerns for those working in heritage at this time, as well as some opportunities that have been, and are continuing to be created around opening up processes of interpretation and trying to initiate change.

The event in October will be facilitated once again by Emma McFarland (currently head of the National Gallery’s Innovation Programme as well as an Independent Digital/Innovation Producer), and we are aiming to:

  • hear from 4 speakers and have an opportunity to ask questions of those speakers,
  • bring together attendees working in dance and heritage in breakout discussion to think about where dance/movement might sit within some of the ideas being presented.

We are particularly interested in ways that dance artists and organisations might be able to work collaboratively with heritage organisations over extended periods of time, not only in offering performances and workshops, but also learning from each other about different ways of approaching challenges, engaging visitors, and undertaking research for example.


We are very pleased to announce that our speakers for the 22nd October will be:

Rachael Minott, a Jamaican-born artist, curator and researcher currently working with The National Archives. Rachael will give an introductory talk about approaches to decolonisation. You can find out more about her work on her website: www.rachelminott.com and read her biography here . We also suggest listening to Rachael's discussion with Dr Sushma Jansari on The Wonder House podcast here, and Rachael is on Twitter @rachaelminott .

Adam Milford, Senior Engagement and Learning Officer for The Box - Plymouth's brand new £46 million museum, gallery and archive. The opening of The Box is the most significant cultural initiative in the UK in 2020, as well being the flagship project of the country’s Mayflower 400 commemorations. Collaboration, creativity and participation are central to Adam's approach to project development and delivery. Find out more about The Box here www.theboxplymouth.com and Adam is on Twitter @AdamMilford and Instagram @adam_milford.

Jayne Austin, Museum Development and Partnership Manager at Suffolk County Council and Secretary for the Association of Suffolk Museums. She works with a network of 58 museums, related heritage organisations, funders and other stakeholders across Suffolk and the East of England. Jayne is also a trustee of Eastern Angles Theatre Company. She is committed to supporting resilient communities to connect with and share heritage in creative and engaging ways. Find out more about Suffolk Museums here: https://suffolkmuseums.org/ and Jayne is on Twitter @JayneAustin. We suggest taking a look at one of the great dance/heritage projects with which Jayne has been involved here: Lowestoft Dance Map, a 'Making Waves Together' project delivered with Dance East and Glass House Dance from 2017-19.

Chris Hunt, a Creative Technologist and Director of consultancy Controlled Frenzy. Chris works with clients to develop engaging audience-focussed technology prototypes, products, and installations to explore their data and ideas so they can grow and adapt to new ways of working, communicating and doing business. He also delivers talks, workshops and support on creative technology to learners of all ages. A trustee of Plymouth Music Zone, Chris was also selected to be a Creative Technologist Resident of the Studio Wayne McGregor Questlab Network, and was awarded a South West Creative Technology Arts Producer Fellowship. In 2020, he became a fellow of the RSA. Hear Chris talk about the interactive art installation he developed for the Tate Modern here.

If you would like to book your place for the event, you can do so by booking the 'Get tickets' button at the top of the page here.  

Spaces for the event are limited to help us in trying to facilitate discussion. Contact us at katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk if the event is full and you would like to be added to the waiting list.

A fantastic event, full of energy and useful insights; it has allowed me to feel re-energised with this work. Thank you very much.

Participant at July Consortium event

Katie Green Lincoln 24th May 2019, image   Roswitha Chesher LR 72

If you would like to see some of the resources from our Imagination Museum Consortium events in July, please visit our Linktree here or read the series of 3 blog posts starting here which summarise our discussion.

Any questions, please just get in touch! (katie@imaginationmuseum.co.uk)

Creative Team

Our October Imagination Museum Consortium event will be designed and facilitated by: Emma McFarland

Emma is a highly experienced Innovation and Digital Producer and Strategic Designer working in the arts, cultural and not for profit sectors. She combines a role at The National Gallery heading up their Innovation Programme with work as an independent, creating, producing and managing digital and complex cross-disciplinary projects and designing processes which catalyse innovation and facilitate co-design.

in consultation with The Imagination Museum director Katie Green and evaluator Elsa Urmston. With additional support from Louisa Petts.

Images from The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 by Owen Benson; performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey, and The Imagination Museum Consortium event May 2019 by Roswitha Chesher

The Imagination Museum Consortium has been formed as part of the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Strategic Touring project, which is supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme and The Charter Trustees of East Retford and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture.