The Making Museum project 2017-2019

The Chester Beatty Library hosted the first of four meetings on the 2-3 November 2017. The Library is one of the coordinators of a new initiative, the Making Museum project.  It will build on the success of the Creative Museum project (2014-2017) as well as extend and further develop training opportunities re: Museomix and Maker-in-Residence. The Making Museum project will provide a sustainable platform for the dissemination of the Toolkits through a range of activities (workshops conferences, etc.). The Making Museum will offer the opportunity to share the lessons learnt and skills acquired.

The four key elements of the Creative Museum project are:

To collect and analyse: Identify, compare, analyse creative practices in Europe; to produce recommendations for museum professionals

To discover and learn: To explore ways to bridge the gap between participatory web culture and cultural institutions through peer-to-peer training programmes

To experiment: A Maker-in-Residence programme to connect makers and digital talents with museums

To evaluate and share: Be inspired by start-up approaches based on iteration and align with maker culture to share ideas and knowledge as freely as possible

Twitter @CreativeMuseum0 and website 

Project reference: EU-funded project No 2017-1-FR01-KA202-037487

Implementation: 1 September 2017 – 28 February 2019 EU flag-Erasmus+_vect_POS


The Creative Museum 2014-2017

The Creative Museum Project seeks to explore and inform the connections between our cultural organisations and their communities by capitalising on the emergence of new and democratising digital technologies. Seeking to extend the language of engagement through the medium of accessible, customisable and personal digital experiences. The project sees museums as dynamic learning environments in which staff and visitors can use accessible digital tools to explore and reason about collections in new and creative ways.
The Creative Museum is a three-year Strategic Partnership running from 2014-2017  funded via Erasmus+, Key Action 2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) – Vocational and Educational Training (VET).

Twitter @CreativeMuseum0 and website logo-cm

Project reference: EU-funded project [No 2014-1-FR01-KA202-008678]
Implementation: 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2017EU flag-Erasmus+_vect_POS


Maker in Residence Chester Beatty Library December 2016

December 2016 ended on an experimental and creative note with a projection mapping installation by Maker in Residence Krisjanis Rijnieks. This residency is part of the Creative Museum project training initiative for both Makers and museums and provided both the Library and Maker with an opportunity to collaborate using digital technology, and co-create work in response to museum collections.  Krisjanis provided workshops for the Teens Lab, adults and local TOG Dublin Hackerspace community.

Special thanks to the Festival of Curiosity, Chocolate Factory and Mary Heffernan (Office of Public Works) for their support throughout this residency.

Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other: Re-Imagining the Museum Experience for Makers October 2016

What happens when a Maker comes into contact with a museum? A lot of creative ideas and initiatives occur as reflected in this short film capturing our two-day workshop in October; Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other: Re-Imagining the Museum Experience for Makers, 1-2 October 2016.

We were joined by a dynamic, enthusiastic group of Makers from the local community as well as researchers, members of the cultural sector as well as independent arts practitioners. Collectively we looked at the Chester Beatty Library collections to spark ideas and explore how museums can provide inspiration for creativity. This was facilitated by Don Undeen, BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library. On the second day Make Create Innovate, a local Maker organisation, facilitated a workshop exploring how museum objects can inspire the potential for workshops, products and collaborative creative processes.

Both Kate Delaney and Siobhan Clancy of Make Create Innovate travelled to Cap Sciences, Bordeaux the following week to take up their two-week Maker in Residence and as a result, will facilitate workshops in the Chester Beatty Library based on their time in France.

This workshop is part of the Creative Museum project, a three year EU funded training project (Erasmus + 2014-2017) 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.

Museum Next Fringe event at the Chester Beatty Library April 2016


Co-creation at the Chester Beatty Library October 2015

The Learning Museum 2010-2013

LEM – The Learning Museum started as a three years EU funded project in 2010 with 23 partners from 17 European countries and the United States of America. It had the objective to establish a permanent network and web space for museums and adult educators interested in museum and heritage education, intercultural dialogue and lifelong learning.

LEM’s  underlying philosophy is to consider museums not only as learning places, but learning organisations themselves: learning from the communities, from the public, from their stakeholders, and also from other agencies, with whom they build alliances to accomplish the ambitious objectives set by policies at national and European level and meet the challenges of the future decades.

See here for more details including collated reports: The Virtual Museum; New Trends in Museums of the 21st century; Heritage and the Ageing Population; Measuring Museum Impacts; Technology and the Public. Evaluation of ICT in Museums; Audience Research as an Essential Part of Building a New Permanent Exhibition. Stories from the Field and Museums and Intercultural Dialogue.

Understanding Islam in Irish Education 2013

Under the Common Operation grant from the ALF, the Library co-hosted a one day seminar with Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Kerry Action Development in Education and Youth Work Ireland, Cork.  Subjects in the national teaching curriculum aimed at B.Ed students as well as themes relevant to ALF members were explored.

Key note speeches were presented by Susan Douglass from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC and Prof Maria Parker-Jenkens of the University of Limerick.

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