This resource to support your team in developing new participatory events comes courtesy of Rachel Crossley, my fellow presenter at an event-planning workshop which took place earlier this year. She explains:
This presentation was originally written for a planning workshop for the wonderful North Norfolk Stories festival. Run by Museums Norfolk, this cluster of 21 partner venues are putting on a range of fabulous events for the upcoming Museums at Night in May. I hope the framework explained in these slides can now be useful to other organisations out there, particularly those who are new to this kind of work. It’s not easy, but it’s very possible and hugely rewarding!
Hello! I’m Rachel Crossley, the manager of the Adult Learning team at Historic Royal Palaces. HRP is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Within the Learning and Engagement team, our goal is to create events and experiences that reach and delight the widest possible audience. This includes everything from digital missions for schools to off-site family festivals; from community engagement projects to online courses for adults, and lots more in between. Inclusivity, participation and the joy of discovery are at the heart of what we do.
Though it’s true that HRP is a comparatively big organisation, I believe the principles of creating a participatory event, and attracting a new audience, hold true for anyone in the sector. It’s just a case of following 11 simple steps…
Rachel Crossley manages the adult learning team at Historic Royal Palaces, overseeing events and projects across HRP’s six sites in London and Northern Ireland. She has a passion for designing creative and engaging experiences, particularly those that can attract and delight new audiences to an organisation.