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DCMS findings: local people distributing grants a successful model

‘Community First Grants Database Description Background The Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund was an innovative small grants programme targeting deprived wards and getting local people involved in funding decisions and delivering projects. The £30m programme was managed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) for Cabinet Office between April 2011 and March 2015. The programme was […]

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Organisational change: PHF resources soft launch

Next week the Paul Hamlyn Foundation launches a brand new Resources Website to accompany their Our Museum Initiative. A plethora of videos, audio interviews and documents offer practical examples of active partnership with communities and also illustrate the numerous organisational changes required to become a participatory museum or gallery. Tracy-Ann Smith (chair of DHG) and Brightonart have produced over fifty […]

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Participation Portal – resource of the month

DHG worked in partnership to deliver your participation portal which can be found at Collections Link. This month we want to draw your attention to a resource in that portal called The Guide to Effective Participation by David Wilcox. An absolute must read for everyone interested in genuine participatory work and equal partnerships. The guide […]

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October 2013, London

Thanks to the Science Museum for hosting us at the Dana Centre. It was great to welcome new comers from the Jewish Museum, National Portrait Gallery and English Heritage.  This time the group took over the agenda with participatory discussions. There were a few suggestions for discussion topics and we voted on which go forward. […]

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July 2013, London

Many thanks to the Museum of Childhood for hosting us and showing us around. Check out the Stuff we like pages to find out more about their community space.  Blessed with a scorching day, spirits were high in this meeting as we discussed progress of our Supporting Practice in Participation project, the move from DHG to […]

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Community Gallery, Museum of Childhood

What is so good about the community gallery at the Museum of Childhood is that it is not called the ‘community gallery’ hence not ghettoising the work as different to the rest of the Museum.  You can also find community output, display and events dispersed throughout the Museum.  This space houses the output of workshops […]

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May 2013, London

This meeting was good for finding out about funding streams. Firstly our hosts HLF updated us on the launch of their ‘First World War: then and now grants programme and highlighting how it might be relevant to our work. We also heard from Cultural and Creative Skills and their £15m fund from Arts Council England, to support the […]

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September 2012- June 2013, Supporting Practice in Participation

DHG has partnered with the Collections Trust, British Museum and the Institute of the Public Understanding of Past to build a portal to resources on participatory practice. The portal focuses on providing resources which demonstrate some sort of shared decision making, power sharing or supporting an external agenda. Accompanying regional meetings in Bristol and Liverpool will […]

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April 2012 to March 2013, DHG London Highlights

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 […]

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March 2013, Bristol

Many thanks to Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts for hosting our first meeting in the South West. The session brought together a diverse range of professionals (from museums, the arts, the council and other heritage organisations) with much common. In getting to know each other and about our respective work areas, we identified synergies and […]

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