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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

"In order that we can all touch our past": participatory re-visioning of Discovery Museum

Rachel Pain and Mathilde Matthijsse

This research was conducted by the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM). It aims to inform Discovery Museum’s Re-visioning programme, a process of rethinking the Museum in close collaboration with audiences and other stakeholders. Between October 2009 and March 2010, the research used a novel participatory approach involving diagramming and discussion groups and training TWAM staff as researchers. The views of 530 people were included from four stakeholder groups: visitors and non-visitors, external experts and specialists, city and regional funders and stakeholders, and TWAM staff and volunteers. 

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