So apparently there is a Museums and Wellbeing Week. This is quite exciting for me as my PhD has taken a wellbeing turn (see below) and now I find a week where museums are promoting wellbeing.
Anyway, I have been working hard on my PhD to the point where I have put in to present at two conferences this year. One with a poster and one with a Pecha-Kucha. To do this I had to communicate my PhD topic in a more academic fashion than my blog post about is earlier this year. So I got my head around my literature review plan, and wrote this:
I am exploring how museums can better engage with audiences of diverse communities, such as the communities in Leicester. Drawing on the work of Chatterjee & Noble (2013), I will be looking at how local museums can better support local communities by creating a sense of belonging. This will include building on the museums inclusivity in relation to identity and race (Crang & Tolia-Kelly, 2010).
Initially I will be looking into the experiences of family groups from the local Leicester area in the local authority museums focusing on their emotional and sensory experiences (Roberts, 2013; Munro, 2014) to better understand the senses of well-being and belonging in the museum. I hope that this will be a basis on which museums can better represent their local communities and contribute to wellbeing and create an inclusive museum.
This is what I have submitted to see if anyone wants to hear about my research, and it has been successful. The poster submission deadline passed and today I found out that I shall be presenting my poster at the Museums in the Global Contemporary Conference in Leicester in April. The other deadline is the beginning of March so I have a little wait for that one.
Chatterjee, H. and Noble, G. (2013) Museums, health and well-being Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate
Crang, M. and Tolia-Kelly, D.P. (2010) Nation, race and affect: senses and sensibilities at National Heritage sites Environment and planning A., 42 (10) 2315
Munro, E. (2014) Doing emotion work in museums: reconceptualising the role of community engagement practitioners Museums and Society March 2014 12(1) 44-60
Roberts, R.C., (2013) Questions of museum essence: Being, Being With, and finding connection in conversation Museums and Social Issues 8:1&2 pp. 89-101