Our approach to recommendations

There are four key parts to The Creative Museum project: [1] written outputs for publication and dissemination (for example, the Analysis of Best Practices, these Recommendations and a final Toolkit (Summer 2017)); [2] Maker-in-Residence training programme; [3] Museomix training programme and [4] Project evaluation.
Each element of the Creative Museum project is an iterative process: at each stage we are evaluating, reflecting on and developing our approaches. Each partner meeting and dissemination event is an opportunity to experiment and to test new ways of engaging with target audiences of the project. Many of the partner organisations have also developed their own activities and created events inspired by the core principles of the project; going beyond the initial scope and embedding learning from the project within their own professional practice and organisation. We have been influenced in our approach through participation in Museomix training (an experience of learning-by-doing using a model of co-creation within ‘a museum without barriers’).
These Recommendations for building a creative museum have been drawn from the activities of the project to-date, starting with the Analysis of Best Practices. This publication gave the project the foundations on which we could build the rest of our ‘creative museum’. From the Analysis we were able to draw on the ‘Key Findings’ and started to focus our thinking into 4 key areas: Connecting to Communities, Communicating across Cultures, ‘Spaces for Yes’ and Strategies for Success. As a result of further thinking and brainstorming, we realised the most important of these were: ‘Connecting to Communities,’ ‘Spaces for Yes’ and ‘Strategies for Success’, and decided to focus more deeply on these three themes.
The development of the Recommendations has been co-created and co-produced by the partners and expert advisors of The Creative Museum project. Every participant has contributed their own recommendations to the three core themes and provided further case studies — or examples from the field — from their own countries. The content of this publication has been developed as a direct result of team work and collective production both virtually and in-person at our partner meetings.
As with all good building blocks, this publication will lead us on to the final step of the project: the Toolkit, which will mark the end of the project and the collective learning from three years of partnership working and training.