The value of museum collections to the community “The way that collections are developed, used, interpreted and documented all has a bearing on their perceived relevance to communities and individuals” Understanding the Future: Museums and 21st Century Life - The value of Museums - DCMS - 2005
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“The way that collections are developed, used, interpreted and documented all has a bearing on their perceived relevance to communities and individuals”
Understanding the Future: Museums and 21st Century Life - The value of Museums - DCMS - 2005
People’s interaction with collections stimulates the development of new skills, new attitudes and new awareness.
A Manifesto for Museums
“Museums and their collections provide an expression of a town or city’s pride in itself and standing in the nation.”
The collections in Aberdeenshire’s Museums’ celebrate and preserve local histories.
This imbues a sense of belonging, identity and kinship within communities.
Thus nurturing the reciprocal relationship between museum collections and the community that inspires life and relevancy into them.
Democratic participation and involvement with the museum and its collections by the local community is essential.
The Curatorial Officer can achieve this by working in partnership with:-
Museums as community spaces.
The use of collections in finding relevancy with excluded sectors of community.
Collections contribute to the cultural mix of a location which enhances its appeal to both existing residents and newcomers.
Communities coming together to work with collections
Culture-led regeneration. - Delivering for communities with communities.
Community empowerment - Leading to individual and group development and lifelong learning, building social capital.
USP - or museum as unique selling point, for attracting economic regeneration through tourist and business investments.
Collections are central to everything that museums do and all that they might achieve.
“Collections for the Future” - Museums Association
Therefore the value of museum collections to the community is immeasurable