The Museum is applying for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to pay for the redevelopment of the Archaeology and Egyptology galleries. As part of the application process we have to show how we are engaging people, both inside and outside the Museum, in the project.
A small team of Museum staff is developing an Activity Plan, gathering information and reporting back to the Lottery about all the different ways that people are involved, from consultation on the themes and displays to working as volunteer guides when the galleries re-open. The funders are interested in two key areas of involvement so we are concentrating on activities that promote participation and learning. There will be staff learning new skills and training in technology, designing, building and promoting the new galleries; local schools and community groups will be adding their ideas to the project and taking part in public events and learning programmes, and experts are advising the gallery development team and contributing to the content.
We’ve passed Stage 1 of our funding application and will be applying for Stage 2 in August 2010, so wish us luck!