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ArchivesNext is a US based blog by Kate Theimer, she is compiling case studies for a publication on participatory archives watch this space.

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November 2012, London

We met at the V&A in November to hear about their audience participation research and Alexia (now at Stroud Museum) gave us an incredible amount of practical information on improving access for visually impaired visitors based on work undertaken at Hereford Museums with Katherine . Aretha gave us a really comprehensive update on the Heritage […]

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Image of hands holding a pot in the back ground and a hand holding a small ceramic bowl in the foreground. • © HistoryWorks

Heritage partnership to boost public participation

Arts Council England has awarded funding for a new initiative to support regional museums in England who want to forge participatory relationships with the public. The winning partnership between The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at the University of York (IPUP), The Diversity in Heritage Group (DHG), The Collections Trust and The […]

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Image of Rievaulx Abbey, destroyed during the dissoluation of the monasteries where sick and disabled people were cared for. © English Heritage

October 2012, London

Our October meeting was kindly hosted by English Heritage who updated us on progress and the upcoming launch of their fascinating disability history project. Autograph utilised the group’s expertise to consult on their upcoming HLF bid and we had the first of our front end evaluation with users for the Supporting Practice in Participation portal where we […]

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July 2012, Social History Curator’s Group Debate

Piotr Bienkowski (Paul Hamlyn funded “Our Museum” project) and Tracy-Ann Smith (DHG) opposed Annika Joy (Science Museum) and Jonathan Wallis (Derby Museums and Art Gallery) in their proposal ‘This conference believes that visitors are the new curators’. A review of the debate is covered in the Social History in Museums Journal vol 37.

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Image of modern building with large regtangle windowand a reflection of the building in water. Taken at dusk. • © Phillip Handforth

March 2013, Liverpool

The first DHG meeting in the North West was part of the Supporting Practice in Participation project and would not have happened without the partnership and support of the North West Fed, Many thanks indeed! The session attracted a brilliant mix of professionals including people from music and art festivals,academia, museums and art galleries. In […]

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Book cover depicts marble sculpture of two women embracing by Patricia Cronin. Entitled 'Memorial to a Marriage', it is a comment on inequality before lesbians were entitled to marry in New York. © Patricia Cronin.

May 2012, Book Launch

It was great to see so many DHG member’s supporting the launch of Museums, Equality and Social Justice edited by Prof Richard Sandell and Eithne Nightingale. It is available here with several chapters reviewed in our Participation Portal.

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