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

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Tania Bruguera's 'Tatlin’s Whisper #5' 2008

Practical guidance

The Live List: What to Consider When Collecting Live Works

Pip Laurenson, Christiane Berndes, Hendrik Folkerts, Diana Franssen, Adrian Glew, Panda de Haan, Ysbrand Hummelen, Andrea Lissoni, Isabella Maidment, Angela Matyssek, Kate Parsons, Capucine Perrot, Vivian van Saaze, Tatja Scholte, Patricia Smithen, Sanneke Stigter, Paulien ‘t Hoen, Renée van de Vall and Gaby Wijers

A set of prompts to consider when bringing a live work into a collection. The text was jointly authored by the participants in the final meeting of the research network Collecting the Performative, which examined emerging models for the conservation and documentation of artists’ performance and drew upon the practices of dance, theatre and activism in order to identify parallels in the concept of a work and related notions of authorship, authenticity, autonomy, documentation, memory, continuity and liveness.

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Picture of Jenny Reeves speaking at Imagination Museum Consortium event

Consortium resources

Top tips for creating dance experiences for heritage spaces

Jenny Reeves

Jenny Reeves, Director of About Time Dance Company, reflected on her process of creating and developing her piece 'Cotton' for museums, libraries, mills, schools, outside spaces, and shared some top tips with the Imagination Museum Consortium for working with dance and heritage.

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Imagination Museum dance/heritage consortium event

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Dance/heritage and Mayflower 400

Anna Scott

Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer for West Lindsey District Council, shared some thoughts with the Imagination Museum Consortium around the possibilities for using dance in response to local heritage as part of the national commemoration of the sailing of the Mayflower from England to America in 1620.


Welsh museums and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

The Happy Museum and Monmouthshire Museums, Cardiff Story Museum, Ceredigion Museum, Oriel Môn, Storiel and Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives

To engage and respond to the ambitious Future Generations Act goals, six Welsh museums teamed up with the Happy Museum project to deepen their understanding of the Act, review the ways in which they were already responding to the goals, and plan new activities and ways of working that would take their response to the next level. The aim is to make the goals integral to everything they do.

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Image from the Horniman Museum's Curious Tea Party

Participation resources

Horniman Museum and Gardens: Curious Tea Party

Horniman Museum and Gardens and Trinity Laban

In July 2014 the Horniman staged the Curious Tea Party in partnership with Trinity Laban, as part of the Big Dance Festival. The event was an eccentric weekend of Edwardian inspired music, art and performance which brought dance into the museum like never before.

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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