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Dance and Museums

Working with Children & Young People

Bounce – a range of resources from Pavilion Dance South West

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

Findings from dance and history research project’- Made by Katie Green research project (Jul 2016-Mar 2017)

Kids in Museums 

The Arts, Health & Wellbeing – Why the arts make us happier and healthier, Cultural Learning Alliance Briefing Paper No 3 (2018) 

The Unlocked Project- Colchester & Ipswich Museums (17 Apr 2014) 

‘Why dance is just as important as math in school’ , Sir Ken Robinson, (21 Mar 2018) 

Health & Wellbeing

Aesop marketplace- matching website for health decision-makers with relevant arts in health programmes 

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)

Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life- Age UK Policy & Research Department (April 2018)

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (brings together National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing) 

Dance for Parkinson’s Network

Dance to health-Evaluation of Pilot Programme, Aesop ( 8 Feb 2017)

Design for Wellbeing – Blog post on NEF’s Five Ways & Happy Museum inspired events on wellbeing and design at the Design Museum, Bernard Hay, The Happy Museum

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 as Spaces for Wellbeing: A Second Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing (April, 2018)

Museums on Prescription – research project UCL/AHRC (2014-2017)

National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing (see also Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance)

Our Museum- Communities & museums as active partners, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Initiative 

The Happy Museum

Dance & Museum Collaborations & Projects

‘Clay’ – film from Wheal Martyn about community project in Autumn 2017

‘Choreographing the Collection’- commissioned tour, Made By Katie Green for Dulwich Picture Gallery (2017)

Cinderella: A Museum Adventure-collaboration with Imperial War Museum to coincide with the UK tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, news, New Adventures (18 Jan 2018)

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

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

‘Exploring Objects Sharing Cultures’- British Museum commission by Made By Katie Green with EC Lighthouse students (Sept-Nov 2014)

Horniman Museum and Gardens: ‘Curious Tea Party’ collaboration with Trinity Laban (video, 2014)

‘Move Over Darling: An interview with Tom Marshman’ on museum projects including M Shed, Bristol audio tour , Theatre Bristol

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

New Expressions – National approach to collaboration between contemporary artists & museums

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, “The Imagination Museum” (2013-17) – Made by Katie Green

The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project- Made By Katie Green (2019-2020)

‘Winged Bull in the Elephant Case’- Company Wayne McGregor screen performance with the National Gallery, BBC Performance Live, BBC 2 (17 March 2018)

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

Collections 2030- research looking at the long-term purpose, use & management of collections, Museums Association (launched March 2018)

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

Muse:Makers in Museums – project featuring new work in craft media in response to collections at small museums in Devon and Somerset (2017-18)

Museums Change Lives- The Museums Association’s vision for the future of museums

‘Museums on the move: Richard Sandell on ‘Exceptional & Extraordinary’ collaboration between 4 artists & experts in medical history, disability & museums), Disability Arts Online Interview by Kate Lovell (June 13, 2016)

Object in Focus – Loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Dancing in Caves Project- Made By Katie Green (2018 performances)

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)

‘Waving Goodbye to Victorian Dad – why use diverse performance in Museums?’: Film from event at M Shed, Bristol, Bristol Museums supported by Arts Council England (Sept 2016) – see also, ‘Doing things Differently’

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 Museums

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)

Culture24– see Museum Crush

Family Arts Campaign-Family Arts & Age-Friendly Standards

Heritage Lottery Fund – online community

Independent Dance Management Network

International Council of Museums

Museums & Climate Change Network

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

Subject Specialist Network Consortium

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

Visual Arts South West

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 and Art Forum: Why Dance in Museums?’, blog by Sarah Wookey following event hosted by Siobhan Davies Dance in London, Nov 2017. (13 Nov 2017)

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

Dance & Museums Network

Interview with Sally Lewis on Dance & Museums Network as part of A Transformers Podcast, by @davidmuseums, Episode 1, recorded at Museums Association Festival of Change, (Nov 2017)

‘Dance and museums:some works, some doesn’t and how “services management” thinking can help’- Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships blog from the South East Museum Development Programme (Apr 18 2017)

Dance & Museums Conversation 3 –Museum of Bath at Work, Jan 2017


Evaluation from event feedback, Sally Lewis for Pavilion Dance South West (March 2017)

Thoughts from choreographer Rachel Johnson on the event (shared on Made by Katie Green’s Facebook page)


The Arts in Wiltshire guest blog: Emily Malcolm talks about how young people are discovering the importance of social dance during the First World War

And the Fabric of Life Project (16 Feb 2018)

Museum Dances: 3rd Stage Dance Company/Pavilion Dance South West/Bristol Museums work for ‘Death: The Human Experience’ exhibition (March 2016)

‘Through the Window’: Dancer/choreographers, collaborate with a composer and musicians in a site responsive performance set in The Holburne Museum, Bath (March 2016)

‘Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery and Plymouth Dance Richter Project 2015/16’ : presentation by June Gamble

‘Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery Collaborative Dance Projects’: presentation by Judith Robinson

‘Artist Rooms Gerhard Richter’ exhibition: choreographic response by Jane Castree, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (Nov 2015)

Other Dance Collaboration with the Museum of Bath at Work

‘Manuals for Living & Dying’: 2nd year undergraduates from Bath Spa University (Nov 2016)

‘The Mysterious Visitor:the Haunting of a Museum’: 2nd year Bath Spa University dance students work with Earthfall Dance to create a site specific performance (Oct 2012)

‘Machine’: with Trinity Laban Conservatoire undergraduate students for Museums at Night (May 2011)

Dance & Museums Conversation 2 – Southampton June 2016

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

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

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, Bristol, 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)


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