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The London Museum Development Team will work to ensure that museums have the potential to better reach and engage with existing and new audiences through exciting programmes and content onsite, offsite and online.
The team can provide direct support, training and skills sharing for museums on marketing, learning, children and young people, community engagement, and audience monitoring/evaluation.
There are a number of organisations who provide training, case studies, resources and toolkits to support museums’ work with audiences:
Across London there are a number of specific learning and engagement practitioner network groups, which support the work of staff in specific areas of engagement. This includes an early years, secondary, young people programmes manager, access and special educational needs (SEN) network. Details of these networks and who to contact to join can be found on the Skills sharing page.
Our Skills Plus training programme includes six events per year with an audience-related theme. These are free to attend for London museum staff and volunteers. When courses are oversubscribed, places are allocated in the following way:
Following the success of Round 1 (PDF 1mb, opens in new tab), Arts Council England announced a second round of Ready to Borrow: Small Scale Capital Development grants for the period 2016-2018. The London Museum Development Team has allocated £194,000 of grants to support loans from National museums and Major Partner Museums to non-national museums in London. These grants have been awarded to the Garden Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Islington Museum and Orleans House Gallery.
For further advice, including a site visit to discuss your organisation’s specific audience-related needs, please contact:
Rachael Crofts, Museum Development Officer Audiences
email: [email protected]
tel: 020 7001 9876