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For practical advice when setting up your own dance project in a museum or heritage site

GEM – The Group for Education in Museums

GEM is for everyone interested in learning through museums, heritage and cultural settings. It was founded in 1948, and strives to support and empower our community of colleagues to connect and learn together.

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Public Dance Pack

A free interactive Public Dance Pack that considers how to support challenging and risk-taking work within the contexts of galleries and museums. The pack includes contributions from collaborative artists and explores the cultural, practical and socio-political relationship dynamics between audience, artists and venues.

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Arts&Heritage forges collaborations between contemporary artists and heritage organisations to create new perspectives for diverse audiences. Its projects bring to life the narratives, atmosphere and architecture of histories and places. Visit the Resource Hub via their main website (log-in required) to access Case Studies, Tools and Templates.

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A manifesto for museum learning and engagement

This manifesto (written by David Anderson, Dhikshana Pering and Sharon Heal, director of the Museums Association) provides a framework for all museums to reflect on their purpose and develop their practice.

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A group of different dancers, using different dance styles, all wearing bright blues, pinks, black and white dance under the blue arches of a historical building.

Get Dancing Evaluation

An evaluation of Showtown's 'Get Dancing' project (2020-2022) with community arts organisation, LeftCoast, and local dance collective, House of Wingz, to bring together communities from all over the world to create a brand new social dance, inspired by a long tradition of novelty dances in Blackpool.


Kids In Museums

The Kids in Museums mission is to work with museums nationwide to make them more welcoming of children, young people and families. They support and champion family friendly organisations all over England and Wales through a range of simple, but powerful programmes (including Takeover Days), the majority of which are free of charge to access.

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Creating Self-Guided Resources for Families

Top tips for creating self-guided resources for children and families at your museum or heritage site. Photograph by Stephen Garnett for Kids in Museums

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Creating Family Friendly Interpretation

Top tips for creating accessible family friendly text and panels in your museum or heritage site. Photograph by Msc1photography for Kids in Museums.

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SEND in Museums Advocacy Film

A ten minute advocacy film showing the reason why children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) should be welcomed in museums and galleries.

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Two young dancers perform in the foyer of the Horniman Museum. One is dressed in grey and lunges outwards towards a second dancer dressed in black who is leaping up off the ground.

Dance and Museums working together symposium report

The Dance and Museums Working Together Symposium took place in November 2014 and was produced by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. This external evaluation began to outline a model for the different ways in which museums and artists/arts organisations can collaborate together.