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We are now able to provide some more information about our next Imagination Museum Consortium Events which will be taking place via Zoom on the 5th July from 10.30-12noon and a new repeat session added on Thursday 9th July from 2.30-4pm.

Plan for the 5th and 9th July

Following on from Consortium members' feedback, these first events will be aimed at dance artists and practitioners who have worked or have an interest in working with dance and movement in heritage contexts.

This is because we understand that for many heritage sites the 5th and 9th July fall right at the beginning of a period of planned reopening, or the point at which you may be able to access sites again for the first time to begin your planning in more detail. There will be many operational concerns which are pressing, and it may take a little longer to discover or be in a position to think about what dance may offer you and your visitors at this time. Therefore we are proposing to hold a follow-on event for heritage practitioners as well in the autumn - more details to be announced later.

The key things we'll be aiming to cover on the 5th and 9th July will be:

1. hearing about some of the challenges and changes individuals have experienced during lockdown and what that might mean for future development

2. starting to think about new roles for dance and dance artists in heritage contexts in the face of disruptive forces in coming years, including the short and long-term legacy of COVID-19 and recent #BlackLivesMatter events impacting on museum interpretation and the need to present/re-present the political contexts of sites and artefacts in new ways

We'll do this by asking you to review some things in advance (if you have time to do so), and also by trying out smaller break-out discussion during our Zoom session, hearing from some speakers about challenges and opportunities, and collecting ideas as a whole group. 

We hope by the end of the sessions we will have begun to gather:

- more thoughts about the possible roles of dance in museums/heritage sites at this time

- questions to ask heritage practitioners and organisations at our next event

- a sense of what the Consortium's role could be moving forward

We will also try to capture as much of the information discussed as possible e.g. through interactive Google Sheets, so that after the event we can share highlights with others who won't be able to attend on either of these dates.

If you find both sessions fully booked when you come to reserve your space, do let us know if you would like to receive any of the resources that we will share in the workshops (contact [email protected] or [email protected]).

Then in the autumn, when museums have (hopefully) been open for a period of time, we will hold a follow-on workshop at which we will bring together artists and heritage practitioners to learn more about challenges and changes that have occurred around re-opening of sites and visitors' behaviour for example, and to consider ways that dance artists might be able to support the transitions that heritage organisations are making. This will be a week day event.

A few other points about the events on the 5th and 9th July:

We're really pleased that Emma McFarland, who joined us for our first Consortium event in 2019, will be designing and facilitating the July events with help from members of the Imagination Museum team. You can read more about Emma here or find more information in 'Credits' below.  

Places for the event will be limited so please click the red 'get tickets' button above to book your free space. After you have done so you will receive a link to an 'Orientation Pack', including some resources you might want to browse through in advance of the event, or just keep for reference. In the future we will be making this Orientation Pack available to everyone.

We will also ask you to add a mini-profile and some contact details to a Google Doc if you are happy for these to be shared. This will just mean that you can have a sense of who will be 'in the room' before we're all together.

Zoom details will be sent out in the week before the event, along with an introduction video (so make sure we have an email address for you).

Any questions or comments, please let us know, otherwise we look forward to being in touch with many of you as we get closer to the 5th/9th. If you plan to attend and haven't already signed up to our Consortium-specific mailing list here: , please consider doing so in order to hear about future events.

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Designed and facilitated by: Emma McFarland

Emma is a highly experienced Innovation and Digital Producer and Strategic Designer working in the arts, cultural and not for profit sectors. She combines a role at The National Gallery heading up their Innovation Programme with work as an independent, creating, producing and managing digital and complex cross-disciplinary projects and designing processes which catalyse innovation and facilitate co-design.

in consultation with The Imagination Museum director Katie Green and evaluator Elsa Urmston, plus other contributors to be confirmed.

Images from our Consortium event in May 2019 at The Usher Gallery and Collection Museum, Lincoln by Roswitha Chesher; performers Sarah Blanc, Megan Griffiths, Lucy Starkey.

The Imagination Museum Consortium has been formed as part of the Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Strategic Touring project, which is supported financially using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as part of the Strategic Touring programme, Hampshire Cultural Trust, The Box, West Lindsey, Plymouth, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire County and Bassetlaw District Councils, Pavilion Dance South West, the Surf the Wave programme and The Charter Trustees of East Retford and also delivered in partnership with the Pilgrim Roots Regional Partnership, Transported, The Point, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth Culture. 

Please contact us on [email protected] after booking your ticket if you have any accessibility requirements about which you would like us to be aware or require any of the information we'll be providing in a different format.

What is the Imagination Museum Consortium?

A growing community of dance artists and heritage practitioners interested in finding out more about each other's practice and building new collaborative opportunities.

You can read more about our first Consortium event which took place in Lincoln in May 2019 here:

and here:

Why are you limiting number of participants at the events?

This will help us manage numbers of people in break-out groups for example, and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to feel they can contribute to group discussions if they want to.

Will there be a waiting list for tickets if the event becomes fully-booked?

Yes, if you find the event fully booked when you come to reserve your space, do let us know if you're interested in joining if anyone has to drop out. Alternatively, let us know if you would like to receive the resources from the 5th/9th July (contact [email protected] or [email protected]).

I've booked my ticket via Tickets Ignite but haven't received my Orientation and Participant Pack links yet - is there anything I need to do?

You're welcome to contact us on [email protected] / [email protected] to follow up on this, but it's likely we may sometimes need a bit of time to review new sign-ups and send out the information, so don't worry if you don't receive it straight away.


Made By Katie Green

Made By Katie Green is a contemporary dance company using dance, text and music to respond to places where you would not usually expect to find a dance performance. Most recently we have done this through our 'Dancing in Museums' and 'Dancing in Caves' projects. We are interested in telling stories about what it means to be human, what this has meant throughout history and how what has happened in the past affects us now. We want to create vibrant, memorable, moving work, and to do this in all kinds of places for a range of different audiences.