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

Practical guidance

Dance and Museums Resource Page - Pavilion Dance South West

Sally Lewis and Pavilion Dance South West

Resources about dance practice in museums and heritage sites curated by museum consultant Sally Lewis following a series of dance/museums discussion events led by Pavilion Dance South West from 2015-16.


Dance & Museums Working Together Symposium Report

Emma McFarland

The Dance & Museums Working Together Symposium took place in November 2014 and was produced by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and the Horniman Museum and Gardens. It was organised as part of the follow-up to their large-scale collaborative public cross artform event Horniman’s Curious Tea Party which took place in July 2014. This involved an external evaluation by this report’s author which looked in some depth at the process and outcomes of collaborative work for both organisations and which began to outline a model for the different ways in which museums and artists/arts organisations can collaborate together. The content and themes of the Symposium were informed by the themes and issues identified in the Horniman’s Curious Tea Party event evaluation.

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Group of primary school children on a site visit to Hampton Court


Research into use of dance within the primary school history curriculum

Emma McFarland, Evaluator, eMC arts

From July 2016 – March 2017 dance company Made By Katie Green undertook a research project exploring how dance might be used to teach history in primary schools, supported by an 'Arts-based learning Explore and Test grant' from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and informed by the company’s extensive experience of using dance in heritage and museum contexts since 2013.

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Katie Green working with students at the British Museum

Participation resources

British Museum - Talking Objects Online Creative Resource - Dance and Movement

The Community Partnerships Team at the British Museum in collaboration with Katie Green and former Dance United artists Ellen Steinmuller, Delene Gordon and Kwesi Johnson

From September-November 2014, Katie Green collaborated with the supplementary schools team at the British Museum as part of the 'Exploring Objects and Sharing Cultures' Project, working with 20 dancers from the EC Lighthouse Lithuanian Supplementary School to create a piece responding to artefacts in the museum's Roman galleries. On completion of the project, Katie was invited by the British Museum to write some thoughts about using movement in museums, particularly when working with a group of young people.


Film: Waving goodbye to Victorian Dad

Bristol City Council and Arts Council England

Why use diverse performance in museums? 'Waving goodbye to Victorian dad' was organised by Bristol Culture as part of 'Doing Things Differently'. Supported by Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. Film by Elliott Mayhew.

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Participation resources

My primary school is at the museum

Kings College London

'My primary school is at the museum' tested the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for primary school children and their families when a significant portion of their learning takes place in a museum setting, as well as demonstrating the benefits for museums. Groups of pupils from two primary schools and a nursery, from Tyne & Wear, Swansea and Liverpool, were based at their local museum for up to a term between January and June 2016. The idea was conceived by architect Wendy James of Garbers & James, and developed in collaboration with the Department of Education & Professional Studies and the Cultural Institute at King’s. Photo credit: Jake Ryan