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How can Scratch help us to take more creative risks and build greater resilience?

A great validation of creativity, collaboration, listening, humanity and reclaiming emotion.” Symposium participant


On Tuesday 25 April 2017, we welcomed over 40 arts and heritage leaders, producers and artists to Battersea Arts Centre to share the learning from the 18 month long Creative Museums programme.

Following opening presentations introducing BAC and Scratch, our volunteer guides led visitors on a journey around our 80 room building to experience stories from the Creative Museums programme, told first hand by our collaborating museum partners and BAC producers.

Each museum partner offered their personal and professional story of change and the impact Scratch has had for them and their teams, from fostering a new confidence in taking creative risks to shaping their organisations' strategic thinking. Each storytelling space was designed in collaboration with artist Kirsty Harris.

We explored Scratch through playful interactive workshops led by actor, writer and improviser Niall Ashdown; engaged in lively conversations about the possibilities and scope for Scratch within our diverse organisations, and celebrated at the end of the day with a bespoke performance from BAC's own Beatbox Academy

“The sharing of passion and honesty empowers me to go with my instincts.” Symposium participant


We'd like to offer special thanks to Michael Day, CEO for Historic Royal Palaces and Chair of BAC's Board of Trustees and Alice Kershaw, Head of Business Process Review at Heritage Lottery Fund for their opening presentations.

For more information about Creative Museums and Scratch, please contact