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

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Two people dance together

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A manifesto for museum learning and engagement

Museums Association

This manifesto (written by David Anderson, director-general, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Dhikshana Pering, head of engagement and skills, Somerset House and Sharon Heal, director of the Museums Association) has been built on two years of research, engagement and consultation with those that work in and with museums. It provides a framework for all museums, whatever their history, scale, funding or model of governance, to reflect on their purpose and develop their practice.

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Change in attitudes artwork at Nunnington Hall by Layla Khoo

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Trust New Art

National Trust

Celebrating its 10th anniversary year in 2019, the National Trust's 'Trust New Art' programme includes visual arts, crafts, architecture, performance, writing and immersive installations. Working with artists to create new work inspired by the spirit of National Trust sites and properties. Picture National Trust, Anthony Chappel-Ross

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Image of children enjoying Artswork STEAM Day in Margate by Jason Pay

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STEAM toolkit


Artswork wanted to create a useful resource for teachers and schools to encourage the use of the arts across the curriculum, for a better tomorrow for school-age children across the South East. This resource encourages opportunities for creative, connected learning by highlighting programmes that put arts and creativity at the heart of STEM learning.

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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 and 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 and James, and developed in collaboration with the Department of Education and Professional Studies and the Cultural Institute at King’s. Photo credit: Jake Ryan

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Katie Green working with students at the British Museum

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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.