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Telling Everyone’s Story – The Imagination Museum in Suffolk

13th May 2024

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

What role can dance play in revitalising collections for new audiences?

At our first in-person Advocacy Event, we invite you to imagine ways in which dance can be used in response to museums, sites, collections and stories to develop relationships with new audiences and communities; to bring new perspectives on historical collections, and to uncover hidden stories.

Working in partnership with Colchester and Ipswich Museums and DanceEast, we will offer a programme integrating Case Studies, opportunities to participate in discussion, practical activities and a chance to network and watch films over lunch. Case Study projects will include the hugely successful Power of Stories exhibition, curated by Colchester and Ipswich Museums with Aspire Black Suffolk and a team of Community Curators.

Christchurch Mansion (Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE)


For more information and to book, visit Eventbrite here.


Tickets £30 (for those representing organisations); £20 (for freelance practitioners or those representing smaller/volunteer-led organisations)

There are also a limited number of 10 x £5 Bursary tickets available to freelance practitioners and those representing smaller/volunteer-led organisations on a first-come-first-served basis.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone attending our events so please get in touch, in confidence, with our Project Manager Alice on should you wish to discuss any alternative arrangements. We also have an access fund available if you require assistance with any of the additional costs (such as travel) that you may incur by attending the event.


Please note, the day on the 13th May will be followed by an optional practical session at DanceEast on the 14th May (10-1pm). This free session will be aimed primarily at dance artists interested in working in response to heritage (but all are welcome), facilitated by The Imagination Museum’s current Strategic Lead, Katie Green. Booking details for this optional practical event are now available here.


Who is the Suffolk Imagination Museum event for?

Our online and in-person Advocacy Events will be open to anyone from dance, arts, heritage, community contexts with an interest in collaboration and finding creative ways of interpreting local sites, collections and stories through dance and movement.

You may have some experience of working with dance in response to heritage, museums, archives, galleries, or you may be completely new to this way of working.

We want everyone to feel welcome, and we are working with Access and EDI consultants to support us to make the events as inclusive as we can (and to learn about how to do this better in the future). Please get in touch if there is anything that we can put in place to support you to access this event.

We also plan to record any key presentations (where it is possible to do so) and will make these recordings available on our website after the events to enable more people to access the content on demand.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact our Project Manager Alice Odin on .

The Imagination Museum is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and is currently being managed by Made By Katie Green. In 2024 it is being delivered in partnership with Colchester and Ipswich Museums, DanceEast, Wheal Martyn, Showtown, the Horniman Museum and Gardens and Trinity Laban, with additional support from an Executive Committee, and Advisory Organisations including the Association for Suffolk Museums and Arts & Heritage.

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