This year we used our meetings to learn about affordable access options for visually impaired visitors; we shared projects such as the Migration Museum’s next steps and Kew Garden’s plans for engaging their communities with the rebuild of their Temperate House (which we learned about at our summer special at Kew and Kew Palace– a real highlight!).
We supported each other by being a focus group for prospective bids (Autograph) and strategies (HLF and National Museums’ Scotland) and we held discussions and workshops on participatory practice to ensure our own Supporting Practice in Participation project was on the right track. Many thanks to our generous hosts this year HLF, Kew Gardens and Kew Palace, English Heritage and the V&A.
This year the number of posts circulated to members increased significantly with scores of events, updates, job listings and requests keeping our members up to date and involved with what is going on in the sector. These notices are now be circulated in our DHG email group and highlights can be found in our newsletter.
We have also supported research throughout the year for example several DHG members have recently agreed to be interviewed for a PhD thesis which investigates the role sites of English Heritage have in representing multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity in England throughout its history.