Creatively engaging audiences beyond the walls of the gallery

Alongside my job in the Cultural Team at Essex County Council I am independently completing my MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

I am in the final stages of my course and am currently writing my dissertation on ‘How do museums currently creatively engage audiences beyond the walls of the gallery, both physically and digitally? Does this encourage further engagement, understanding and enjoyment in the national collections and what can be done to improve these experiences?’ 

As part of my research I am hoping to gather some information from Museum, Archive, Gallery and Heritage staff to find out how different places work with their collections beyond the walls of the gallery, in both the physical and digital realms to creatively engage audiences.

Thanks so much for taking the time to complete this short survey, it will take about 10mins to complete and there are 13 questions. The more questionnaires completed the better the data will be for me to work from so do feel free to pass the survey on to your colleagues and contacts who work in this field.

If you have any further queries about my research or this questionnaire please email arts_helen@outlook.com

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* 1. Which museum / gallery / archive / heritage site do you work for?

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What sort of heritage site do you work for? e.g. a gallery, museum, archive, historic house. Or are you a freelancer, volunteer or other other working with several sites?

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* 3. What is your role?

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* 4. Is it important for museums, galleries, archives and historical sites to share their collections outside of these organisations? Why?

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* 5. Does your museum/gallery/archive/heritage site have an online catalogue?

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* 6. Does your museum / gallery / archive / heritage site use twitter?

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Does your museum / gallery / archive / heritage site display objects / artworks / documents outside of your museum walls? 

Please note that loans to other museums or galleries do not count; however loans to other any other public venues such as schools, hospitals etc would count.

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* 8. If you ticked ‘Yes, objects / artworks / documents are reproduced...’ or ‘Yes, objects / artworks / documents are used as inspiration...’ in question 4, please could you provide examples of where / when / what / how your museum / gallery / archive / heritage site has done this. Feel free to send images, further descriptions or links to arts_helen@outlook.com

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Has your museum / gallery / archive / heritage site run a crowd sourcing project?

This can be anything where members of the public have joined in to help provide information or added to a collection; e.g. Inviting members of the public to come forward and share information about an unknown person in a portrait, or inviting the local community to submit photos and stories about their local area during a certain point in history.

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* 10. If 'yes' please give an brief outline of the project below.

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* 11. How does your museum creatively try to involve non-museum visitors beyond the walls of the museum / gallery / archive / heritage site? Through...

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* 12. If you ticked any of the above, please could you give me some more information on project specifics? If you work for a large organisation this answer could just be about your programme of work if easier, or one or two of your favourite examples.

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* 13. Has your museum commissioned any Apps? For example Soho Stories by the National Trust?

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If your museum/archive/gallery/heritage site has commissioned an app, what sort of app is it?

A guide / game / tour? Are they to be used offsite or within the museum / gallery / archive / historical site?

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* 15. If you have worked with apps, have you found them a successful way to interact with and engage audiences? Why / why not?

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* 16. How successful would you say the field is currently using digital tools to encourage audiences to interact with collections outside the museum walls?

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