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


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

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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

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.


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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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.