I’m back in the office after a very interesting couple of days at the Museums Association conference 2016 in Glasgow.
Amongst many fascinating sessions, the keynote by Scots Makar Jackie Kay was a highlight. I also enjoyed ‘Getting to grips with gender and using the F word in museums’ led by Glasgow Women’s Library and ‘Seeking refuge’ which featured case studies by Jamtli Open Air Museum and Museum Friedland on how museums can support refugees.
I spoke at a session called ‘Whose stories? Has anything changed?’ The session was chaired by Jo Sohn-Rethel from the Heritage Lottery Fund with Laura Bennison from National Museums Scotland and Basharat Khan from Bash Art Creative. I spoke about Proud City and we discussed cultural ownership, labelling and whether short term project work can stifle community engagement.
It isn’t the best quality image, but I did like this action shot of the last minute preparation meeting we had at the conference.
The following day I ran a workshop with Hazel Marzetti (Proud City project volunteer) on ‘Engaging with LGBTQIA Audiences’. We discussed Proud City in more depth and showed the project film.