Have a browse to see some examples of Dorset Museum’s work with a diverse range of audiences.
This includes National Lottery Heritage Fund supported projects, outreach to underserved groups and public engagement activities for communities at the Museum.
If you are a community group and have any enquiries about our programmes and activities, please get it touch, we would love to hear from you!
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Outreach & Staying Connected Online
Our Learning Team loves to make meaningful connections to our collections with a variety of different community groups.
We didn’t want ‘lockdown’ to mean ‘locked out!’ In a bid to stay connected, we provided some outreach sessions on Zoom to share some behind the scenes insights into the Museum’s redevelopment. We met members from START team with DHC, Dorset Carers hub, and BCP carers to discuss the Wildlife in the Red Exhibition. We look forward to meeting more groups in the future.
People First | The Environment and Me
We are excited to work on a creative coproduction project in collaboration with People First Dorset and Artist Black Venn- Sarah Acton. The project begins later in the year to inspire and inform their members on the top of Environment and Climate Change.
Members will produce a creative response to the topic which will be exhibited in our new galleries.
My Creative Life
Working with Dorset Council, Arts Development Company and Jana Edwards, this series of artist-led workshops introduced participants to the work of Elisabeth Frink. Over 6 weeks the project encouraged people to reproduce their thoughts and personality in heads and figures inspired by Elisabeth Frink’s own work in Artists’ Dorset Gallery.
The works will be displayed in Dorset Museum in 2022.
Communities and Wellbeing
Since lockdown 2020 we have developed a new relationship with the START team at the Dorset Health Care service.
Their clients have taken part in virtual ‘Art and Mindfulness’ sessions on Teams with our Learning and Community Outreach Coordinator. The sessions focussed on different strands to link the act of drawing to the calm practice of mindfulness. A relaxed session connecting our displays in Artist’s Dorset to wellbeing.
We look forward to working with them all on ideas for projects in the future.
The Dorset Blind Association
We are looking forward to working with the members of the Dorset Blind Association virtually on Zoom to talk about specimens in the Natural Dorset gallery.
We will discuss the exciting stories behind some of our star specimens!
Amongst other things, this space will be used to showcase small exhibitions and our collaborative work with communities at the Museum.
We have plans to display outcomes from community projects here in the future.
If this is something that your group would be interested in being involved in, please get in touch with us, it would be great to hear from you and discuss how we can work together.