I keep thinking about what the BAC producers keep saying: ‘What do I want people to feel as they leave the museum?’ ‘Do I want them to feel joy, excitement, curiosity, feel welcome?’ I keep coming back to that and that has affected how our new programmes are being shaped.
- Sophie Cummings, Curator
In the course of the Creative Museums programme, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery transferred from local authority control to a new Trust, with a board of Trustees, 5 members of management staff and museum assistants.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is a local history museum with a large, world-focus arts collection, located in the Old Town area of Swindon. In 1930, Apsley House, which until then had always been a family house, was adapted to house the Museum Collection.
Swindon Museum went through big organisational changes during the programme resulting in a shorter engagement period from October 2016 to April 2017. The team worked closely with BAC producers to develop a Scratch project during this time, which enabled staff to experiment with new ways of engaging with their visitors. The resulting Ceramics Conversation event also allowed staff to hold more open conversations about the museums' future with visitors and embrace opportunities to be creative together.