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Dance and Museums

Working with Children & Young People

Bounce - a range of resources from Pavilion Dance South West

Kids in Museums

‘Practical tips for engaging young people with dance within a museum context’, Katie Green, Made by

Katie Green (8 Jan 2015)

‘Practical tips for engaging young people with dance within a museum context’, Katie Green, Made by Katie Green (8 Jan 2015)


Health & Wellbeing
Age Friendly Museums Network

Age of Creativity – Inspiring arts in older age

Arts & Health South West

An enduring partnership: Trinity Laban and Horniman Museum and Gardens, Georgina Pope

Breathe – Range of resources from Pavilion Dance South West (including public health, quantifying impacts & working with older people)

Dance for Parkinson’s Network

Dementia Toolkit – Age Friendly Museums Network

Five Ways to Wellbeing – Developed by New Economics Foundation from UK government Foresight Project on Mental Capital & Wellbeing 

Impacts of arts & culture, Culture Case, Cultural Institute at King’s College London

More than heritage - A museum directory of social prescribing & wellbeing activity in north west England

Museums on Prescription – research project (UCL/AHRC)

National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing


Dance & Museum Collaborations & Projects

Dance & Museums Working Together Symposium Report (January 2015) – Emma McFarland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Horniman Museum & Gardens

Dance Artist/Curator Mentorship Scheme (2014-16) – Siobhan Davies Dance & Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Dancing Museums - Partnership bringing together European dance organisations and museums. Siobhan Davies Dance & National Gallery, London (4th residency 13-20  March 2016)


Museums and Creative Industries: Mapping Cooperation – Creative Museum (2015)

New Expressions – National approach to collaboration between contemporary artists & museums
Strategic Ideas for the Dance & Museums Network by Sally Lewis for PDSW August 2016

Petersfield Museum – Interpreting heritage through dance, South East Museum Development Programme Case Studies

Tate Britain Commission (2016) Historical Dances in Antique Setting

The Dancing in Museums project – Made by Katie Green


Other work utilizing archives & collections

All This Can Happen - Siobhan Davies & David Hinton (2012): film constructed from archive photographs & footage from the earliest days of cinema

Creative Museums (2015-17) – research & development programme for six museums (including Swindon Museum & Art Gallery), Battersea Arts Centre & Gaby Porter

‘Exploring objects & sharing cultures: supplementary schools & the British Museum’, Emma Taylor, The British Museum (24 Nov 2014)

Object in Focus – Loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens

Travellers’ Tails – Collaboration to investigate the history of exploration inspired by recent acquisitions (Royal Museums Greenwich, Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow)

Who Cares? Dance in the Gallery & Museum – Publication sharing experiences in visual art-focused cultural spaces (2015) Sara Wookey & Siobhan Davies Dance


Funders & Support Organisations

Arts Council England

Association for Heritage Interpretation

Association of Independent Musuems

Creative & Cultural Skills

Creative Europe

Cultural Education in England, An independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport & the Department for Education (2012)


Heritage Lottery Fund – online community

Museums Association

Museums at Night

National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing & funding sources

National Museum Directors’ Council

One Dance UK

People Dancing

South & East Museums Federation

South East Museum Development Programme

South West Museum Development Programme

Touring Exhibitions Group

The Disability Co-operative Network – for museums, art galleries, cultural venues & others

The Heritage Alliance

The South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries


Online Objects, Collections & Archives - General

A History of the World in 100 objects (The British Museum)

Culture Grid

Europeana Collections

firstBASE from the Social History Curators Group

Google Cultural Institute


Online Objects, Collections & Archives -South West

Creative Wiltshire

Know Your Place West of England

South West Collections Explorer


Articles & Discussion

‘Dance & Museums - experts call for risk to engage a wider audience’ (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance News, 5 Dec 2014)

‘Manifesto for a Dancing Museum’, Boris Charmatz

‘Notes from Irish Museums Association Creative Museum Event’, 23 Oct 2015, Katie Green


Dance & Museums Conversation 3 - Wednesday 11 January at Museum of Bath at Work

Details and booking information here

Summary of discussions at June event & proposals for Dance & Museums Network


Dance & Museums Conversation 2 - Southampton June 2016

Presentations from the day:

South East Museum Development Programme, Lucy Marder, June 2016

Gone But Not Forgotten: Commemorating the First World War Through Dance, Petersfield Museum,  July 2014

An enduring partnership: Trinity Laban and Horniman Museum and Gardens, Georgina Pope 

A new way of exploring collections & how we relate to them, Sally Lewis, June 2016

Bethan Peters, Choreographer in Residence at Royal Museums Greenwich

Dance & Museums conversation blog by Katie Green, 2016


Dance & Museums Conversation – M Shed 15 September 2015

‘Dance & Museums’, Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships Blog (Sept 2015)

‘Dance & Museums’, Sally Lewis, Museums Association Comment (23 Sept 2015)

‘Thoughts from Dance & Museums discussion event’, Katie Green (17 Sept 2015)