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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

‘Be positive & keep things simple: key findings from dance & history project so far’, ‘Dancing in Museums’ blog, Katie Green, Made by Katie Green (22 Nov 2016)

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

‘Express yourself: how a charity is using dance to improve mental health’, Rachel Pugh, The Guardian (18 Oct 2016) pre-crisis ‘wrap-around support’ for young people


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

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

The Happy Museum


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)

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

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

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

‘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)

‘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’


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)


Heritage Lottery Fund – online community

International Council of Museums

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 Networks (Arts Council England)

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

‘Manifesto for a Dancing Museum’, Boris Charmatz

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


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


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

Storify of #danceandmuseums

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

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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