Entries by Claire

Pioneering Volunteer Makers Share Their Learning at the Museums Association 2017 Conference

As part of our Arts Council England supported National Volunteer Makers Training Programme, we held a showcase conference to hear from the museums themselves who are pioneering Volunteer Makers. Our pioneers shared the steps they are taking to manage, grow, inspire and engage a community of blended volunteers while widening public participation and diversity.  Take a […]

Guest blog by Fran Riando – Unlocking the Geffrye

The Geffrye explores the home and the way people live. Our collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste. The Geffrye is a much-loved gem in the lively and creative Hoxton area of London – historically […]

Guest blog by Jessica Hartshorn – Doing it Together

Volunteering plays a significant role in maintaining the heritage sector’s resilience and a week on, I am reflecting on the 2017 Museums Association Conference in relation to this matter.  After 15 years working in galleries and museums, 11 of which have been at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, volunteers have always played a part in […]

Guest blog by Vicky Dawson – Volunteer Makers: a tool for the savvy Accredited museum

Vicky Dawson explains how, through the organisation-wide adoption of Volunteer Makers, museums can achieve and evidence their core strategic aims of improving how they are run and the experience of their users. These two aims are cornerstones of Museum Accreditation, the national standard scheme for museums in which over 2,500 public museums of all sizes […]