Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Museum Engagement Event

Today saw people from a range of organisation across the district invited to the first of a new series of engagement events planned by the museum service. Initially aimed at those with an interest in local history and heritage, it was an opportunity for the attendees to find out more about the museum service and some of the exciting new developments. 

The group met today to hear about developments in the museums
Museums are undergoing major change in how we deliver our services particularly with the transfer of Wakefield Museum to Wakefield One and the building of a new museum as part of The Forum, Castleford.  The meeting outlined how these two new museums will offer the opportunity to reinvigorate our displays and how people will be able to access collections and information in different ways. Other exciting developments were also discussed, including work on the future development of our collections, plans for community led exhibitions and displays, and how we will further develop our learning and outreach work. 

Curator, John Whitaker, explaining how the new museums are being designed to allow for changing displays
With so much going on it was an ideal time to kick of these engagement sessions with a chance to meet with our museum team.  The event included staff from the collections, exhibitions and learning teams doing a series of short presentation highlighting current projects and outlining future plans. Needless to say the sessions generated much interest. We see them as an opportunity for the service get feedback and how we are doing and to find out how local people might want to become more involved in what we do.

Thanks to everyone that came!


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