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Wallace Collection Ambassadors and Refugee Tour Guides meeting 14th June 2012

Yesterday I was joined by the Wallace Collection Ambassadors and Refugee Tour Guides  for their fourth day of training at the Wallace Collection.

Our Wallace Collection Ambassadors are a group of 16 individuals from a range of backgrounds who meet and work regularly with Wallace Collection staff. For the next six months the Wallace Collection Ambassadors will learn about the Museum, it’s works of art, how to care for and display historical artefacts, different forms of display and exhibition interpretation, museum education, public programming and museum and exhibition marketing. In learning about these museological practices the Wallace Collection Ambassadors will become well-trained to work closely with the 60 adults, children and elderly people from Newham Family Learning Services, West Hampstead Women’s Group and Aania Women’s group to advise and assist the project participants in creating display, interpretation and marketing strategies for the intergenerational community exhibition. The Wallace Collection Ambassadors will also be able to guide project participants on how to plan and deliver accompanying school, family and adult activities. Additionally, the Wallace Collection Ambassadors will be trained to work closely with different staff departments in the Wallace Collection to inspire the Museum to explore new and different forms of exhibition interpretation, educational activities and marketing strategies to innovate the museum, making it more appealing to new and broader audiences.

Our Refugee Tour Guides are a group of 10 individuals, again from different backgrounds, who will also work closely with the Wallace Collection’s curators, education staff and guide lecturers for twelve months between February 2012 to February 2013 to learn about the Wallace Collection’s history, works of art, current and future vision. The Refuge Tour Guides will also work closely with the other project participants to learn about the making, themes and artwork displayed in the intergenerational community exhibition. Additionally, the Refugee Tour Guides will be trained by the Wallace Collection’s curators, education staff and guide lecturers in public speaking and will learn how to devise and deliver their own-guided tours of the Museum to the general public. During the display of the intergenerational community exhibition the Refugee Tour Guides will give their own guided tours of the exhibition and will link these tours to the rest of the Wallace Collection. Following the end of the exhibition the Refugee Tour Guides will give general ‘highlights’ tours of the Wallace Collection. These guided tours of the intergenerational community exhibition and of the Wallace Collection will reflect the personal preferences and interpretations of the Refugee Tour Guides as well as their own cultural heritage. The guided tours will therefore facilitate the Museum in offering alternative and culturally diverse interpretations of its collections which will appeal to a wider range of audiences and will hopefully encourage new groups to visit and enjoy the Museum.

During the training day the Wallace Collection Ambassadors and Refugee Tour Guides met with Jody Watson, a trained actress and drama freelancer, to undertake a practical workshop to explore and improve voice projection and techniques on how to present to large groups. The group also underwent training with Stephen Duffy, Curator of Nineteenth Century Paintings and Exhibition Programmes and met with Andrew Shingleton for a tour of the Armouries. Additionally, the group were given a tour of the Museum’s Conservation Department to lean about how we care for works of art at the Wallace Collection.  These training sessions were very informative and the group learnt a lot about the Wallace Collection. Here are some photos from the day;

The day ended with the Wallace Collection Ambassadors meeting to discuss the marketing projects they will be working on over the next six months and were asked to select one from the following three projects to work on, watch this space to find out what they choose!;

Project One- Creating gallery activity trails based on the Wallace Collection’s Dutch Paintings.

These could be paper based or incorporate the use of QR codes and could be downloadable from the Museum’s website. Trails could be for families or for self-guided community groups visiting the Museum or both!

Here are some initial ideas from Darshana to get you thinking;

1)      Dutch paintings often have visually symbolic clues which directly illustrate sayings/ poems of the times. List the poems/ sayings/ moral songs of the times and link them to the symbolic imagery in the Dutch paintings.

2)      Though a number of Dutch paintings were commissioned, a large number of paintings done a century later were in the realm of the people, and were made by artists with a moral to communicate. Dutch paintings give a clue to the socio-political life and times of the people. Chart out the life of the people through the paintings.

2a) A Nobleman:

2b) A Housewife:

2c) Traders:

2d) Children:

2e) The character looking at the viewer/ the artist:

3)   Dutch still life paintings illustrated the wealth of the East India Company trade.  Identify objects in the   paintings and chart the route back to the country where they came from.

This project fits in with the suggestion made in our last meeting that The Wallace Collection should encourage self-guided visits from Community Groups and the Wallace Collection Ambassadors could help to create resources that would enable community groups to explore and enjoy the museum on their own and assist in marketing these resources and visits to different community groups. Thus as well as designing the trails you could also think about how you can market the trails to different community groups.

Project Two- Creating exhibition marketing print and exhibition opening party

The HLF Community exhibition will open on the 12 January 2012. On the 11th January 2013 the Wallace Collection would like to host an opening party for all project participants, their friends and families.

We would like you to plan, organise and design marketing material to promote the exhibition amongst different community groups and to plan an opening party which will help to promote the community exhibition and the museum to all project participants and to different audiences across London.

Forms of exhibition marketing can include website information, social networking, free advertising in local newsletters, newspapers, radio stations and exhibition leaflets.

During our last meeting it was decided that the Wallace Collection should advertise its workshops and facilities in local and community publications, forums, social networking sights and radio stations. To enable this marketing strategy, the Wallace Collection Ambassadors agreed to suggest and to approach appropriate organisations and so in planning and designing marketing material it would be very much appreciated if you help us to distribute our marketing material to those groups who need it the most.

Project Three- Planning and Organising ‘A day in the Life of the 17th Century’ and public events to accompany the Community Exhibition.

The HLF Community exhibition will open on the 12 January 2013. On the 16th February 2013 the Wallace Collection would like to host ‘A Day in the Life of the 17th Century’ to celebrate the refurbishment of the Museum’s East galleries and the accompanying HLF community project and exhibition. Throughout the duration of the exhibition (12th January to the 10th March) the Museum would like to host family and public events relating to the community exhibition and the Wallace Collection’s Dutch paintings to promote the exhibition and the museum to new audiences across London.

We would like you to plan, organise and deliver the museum’s ‘Day in the life of the 17th Century’ and accompanying exhibition public events.  We would also like you to create marketing material to promote the 17th century day and public activities amongst different community groups across London.

Forms of exhibition marketing can include website information, social networking, free advertising in local newsletters, newspapers, radio stations and exhibition leaflets.

During our last meeting it was decided that the Wallace Collection should advertise its workshops and facilities in local and community publications, forums, social networking sights and radio stations. To enable this marketing strategy, the Wallace Collection Ambassadors agreed to suggest and to approach appropriate organisations and so in planning and designing marketing material it would be very much appreciated if you help us to distribute our marketing material to those groups who need it the most.

It was also suggested during out last meeting that The Wallace Collection should act as a venue for concerts and meetings for community groups. To achieve this groups could explore the museum and create musical, dance or other artistic pieces in response to the Wallace Collection’s works of art and perform these pieces in the Museum to their friends, family and contacts. The 17th Century day and exhibition programme of activities could provide the perfect opportunities to launch community concerts and performances at the Wallace Collection.

During our last meeting it was also suggested that the Wallace Collection Ambassadors could plan and deliver a community competition with a prize attached to entice people into the Wallace Collection. One competition could be a photography inspired competition in which groups or individuals could take photographs inspired by Wallace Collection themes and email their photos to the Wallace Collection. The Wallace Collection could fundraise for suitable prizes. The 17th century day could provide the perfect opportunity to run a day-long photography competition if this is something you’d like to work on.

 

Posted by treasuresfromtheeast
15 June 2012

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