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Museums on Prescription (MoP) is a 3-year research project (2014-17) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council investigating the value of heritage encounters in social prescribing. Social prescribing links people to sources of community support to improve their health and wellbeing. MoP will connect lonely older people at risk of social isolation to partner museums in Central London and Kent.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is a strategic organisation producing advice, training and funding opportunities for universities to embed public engagement in education and research practice. Visit the NCCPE website for case studies, advice documents and information on NCCPE activities and opportunities
The National Archives (TNA) is the official archive for the UK government. TNA sits as a leadership role for the archive sector and provides guidance training and support for professionals and organisations, including the annual Discovering Collections Discovering Communities conference.
TNA is also an Independent Research Organisation and is caretaker for a collection of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents.
The Unique DC Hub was developed by Research Libraries UK in partnership with The National Archives. It is a free online resource for collection managers and practitioners to share the latest innovations, insights, case studies. resources on this site are still available however this is now a legacy rather than active resource.
Beyond the Creative Campus was a AHRC funded network active between between 2012 and 2015.
‘The network aimed to create a platform for discussion that included academics, practitioners, artists, cultural organisations, business development managers and other university directors, about knowledge connections and collaboration between universities and the creative and cultural sector’
Further information and resources including the publication Beyond the Creative Campus: Reflections on the evolving relationship between higher education and the creative economy. Comunian R. and A. Gilmore (2015). The site also includes case studies, recordings and presentations from workshops and events and contact details for the project leads.
The University Museums Group is a membership organisation that works to promote the interests of university museums to funders and stakeholders. Further information on the work of UMG including publications and event listings relevant to the museums sector is available on their website.
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester (CRESC) is a joint initiative between the University of Manchester and the Open University. This cross-discplinary initiative is currently exploring social and cultural change through the six research themes; Remaking Capitalism, Trajectories of Participation and Inequality, Urban Experiments, Infrastructures of Social Change, Reframing the Nation and The Social Life of Methods.
Connected communities is a AHRC funded research program ‘designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life’ The connected communities website makes available case studies detailing work with academic and community organisation partners, other publications and contact details for key academics including Connected Communities leadership fellows.
AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy
‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs, working as consortia, connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations, large and small, across the UK, to accelerate growth and innovation, generate new and exciting knowledge exchange opportunities, foster entrepreneurial talent and contribute to the development of the UK’s Creative Economy.’ (Website description 2016)
Working with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, and deliver better outcomes for people and communities.
Cultural Commissioning Program is funded by Arts Council England funded until June 2016. the website provides relevant links to Resources and articles on cultural commissioning.
Launched in April 2011, and funded initially by an award to Tony Butler by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund, the Happy Museum Project (HMP) provides a leadership framework for a growing group of museums to investigate a holistic approach to sustainability and wellbeing.
The Happy Museum Project is currenlty funded by Arts Council England to create, test and share their practice through a range of activities. information on the Happy Museum Project Manifesto, case studies and Happy Museum Project funded work can be found on their website.