Gaby Porter, a museums consultant who had heard of us through a mutual client, Historic Royal Palaces, contacted us. She was working with a group of Museums in the North East and West to develop their approach to exhibitions, and had recommended that they might have a storytelling session for both curators and frontline staff.
We provided our 1-day workshop, Storytelling as a Resource for Museum/Gallery Interpretation, which focuses on developing and communicating the connection between individuals, a museum object and the history or information related to it. This would be relevant to the museums’ work with Stories of the World and equally useful as a way to explore their methods of interpretation and how to communicate their museums to their visitors in an informal, informative and interactive manner.
We delivered 3 workshops to Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum, East Riding Museums and museums within Renaissance North West, which included Gallery Oldham, National Museums Liverpool and the Lowry Gallery.
Each group included a wide variety of curators and front line staff who shared their individual and diverse enthusiasms and learnt how techniques from storytelling could be used to turn a personal interest into an accessible means to engage visitors and ignite their curiosity to find out more. At the end of each day participants identified how they would take what they had found in the training directly into their museum’s practice.