Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other

Tuesday 6 March 2018 6-8pm, Chester Beatty Library

What happens when a maker comes in to contact with a museum? Quite a lot and the Library was joined by a dynamic, enthusiastic group of makers from the local community as well as the arts, science and cultural sectors. We looked at collections, including the Chester Beatty Library, to spark ideas and explored how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This event was facilitated by Don Undeen BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library as well as Jeffrey Roe, TOG Hackerspace and Ellen Byrne, Festival of Curiosity.

This workshop is part of the Making Museum project, an 18 month EU funded training initiative (Erasmus + 2017-2019) exploring how museum staff can up-skill in creativity, innovation, creative collaborations with local maker communities and embed these ideas in their public programmes for audiences.


Radiona Makerspace Zagreb,  Study visit to the Chester Beatty Library 23 – 26 November


The Chester Beatty Library is delighted to host a study visit with partners Radiona Makerspace Zagreb. Using the Creative Museum project Toolkit, Deborah Hustic, Marina Petrovic and Damir Prizmic will explore the Library’s collections and look at how best museums and makers can collaborate together to engage with audiences.  Supported by the Creative Museum and Making Museum projects.

Radiona Makerspace Zagreb Team 

Deborah Hustic, Marina Petrovic, Damir Prizmic



Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other Public Debate

16 April 2015

Museums are often viewed as dead spaces. Yet museums contain incredible collections and inspire creativity, learning and curiosity. What is in store for the future of museums as they face numerous challenges? Can they work creatively outside the box? Makers are one such community who can inspire and collaborate with museums; both have the potential to co-create and co-curate new programmes for diverse audiences.

A public debate was organised to explore some current programmes, schemes and initiatives;

  • Museomix in France is the first international cultural makeathon and gathers mediators, tinkerers, designers, developers, artists and scientists to create, invent, prototype and test innovative museum installations with new technologies.
  • The Festival of Curiosity is Dublin’s annual festival of science and culture, and transforms the city into a play space of experiment, exploration, debate and interaction.

This was hosted by Don Undeen, Senior Manager MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Ellen Byrne of Festival of Curiosity, and featuring Ian Brunswick (Science Gallery Dublin), Mark Nagurski (Culture Tech in Northern Ireland), Jasper Visser (Inspired by Coffee in the Netherlands), Deborah Hustic (Radiona Hackerspace in Croatia), Laura Tobin (Dublin Maker) and Juliette Giraud (Museomix in France).

Organised by The #CreativeMuseum EU Project and the Chester Beatty Library, in association with Science Gallery Dublin

Museums as Places for Intercultural Dialogue and Learning seminar

4 April 2014

Intercultural learning and dialogue is at the heart of the Chester Beatty Library’s exhibition and learning programme.

For 15 years, the Library has lead the way in developing links with its immediate and international diverse communities as reflected in the Collections.
This day-long seminar explored how Irish and international museum practice recognises the need to work with external partners and groups as well as acknowledge the changing face of national identities in the twenty-first century.   The seminar’s theme related to the diversity and inclusion urban policy agenda advocated by the Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe of which Dublin is a leading participant.

Speakers included: Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn, TD, Dr Viv Golding, Director of Learning and Visitor Studies, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Education,School of Museum Studies, Leicester University, Irena Guidikova (Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe); Declan Hayden (Office of Integration, Dublin City Council); Ann Luttrell (Anna Lindh Foundation, Irish Network); Jenny Siung (Chester Beatty Library); Margherita Sani (Istituto per beni artistici, culturali e naturali); Brid Maher and Jane Camara, Inclusion and Diversity Services, Northern Ireland; Justyna Chmielewska (Chester Beatty Library) and Alan Kirwan (House of European History; a project of the European Parliament).

Whose Culture is it? Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity in Ireland’s Cultural Spaces, 19 November 2011.

This day-long seminar was organised by the Education, Community and Outreach (ECO) Group, Council of National Cultural Institutions, Dublin 2010. The event was held in the Chester Beatty Library on the 19 November 2011.


Speakers included  Mark O’Neill (Glasgow Life), Alan Kirwan (House of European History; a project of the European Parliament), Jenny Siung (Chester Beatty Library), Orla Moloney (Arts Council), Helen O’Donoghue (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Niall Crowley (Equality Authority).

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