Audiences and Participation: What is the value of collaboration?

VSG AGM + Conference
Education Centre, Royal Geographical Society – London
Friday 3rd February 2012
10am – 5pm

What are the different forms of participation and what are its benefits? Audience collaboration, co-curation and participation are becoming familiar terms in the development of visitor experiences and are increasingly employed in our efforts to engage audiences and attract funding.
This one day seminar will explore these themes and provide examples of what audience participation can mean for both our organisations, the participants and our visitors. The day’s speakers will discuss different aspects of audience participation and provide case studies of how and why it has been used.

Keynote speaker: Graham Black
Both an academic and a heritage practitioner, Graham Black is currently Reader in Public History and Heritage Management at Nottingham Trent University as well as a heritage interpretation consultant. The central theme of his book ‘The Engaging Museum: Developing museums for visitor involvement’ is the responsibility of contemporary museums to respond to audiences as “partners in a joint enterprise”.
Speakers include:

Melissa Strauss, HLF
Annika Joy, Science Museum
Frances Williams, South London gallery