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18th April 2013 Sara Lock

Resources by Ronan Brindley

New ways of engaging audiences with historic collections through user-generated interpretation

This paper provides a short overview of the HLF-funded Pre-Raphaelite Experiment, where Manchester Art Gallery trialled new ways of engaging audiences with historic collections through user-generated interpretation. The year-long programme brought families, community groups, schools and volunteers together to re-evaluate one of the city’s highly valued but potentially insufficiently-understood cultural assets. In a significant departure to the Gallery's standard approach to interpretation, one room was transformed into an evocative environment designed to focus responses on four key Pre-Raphaelite work in a more collaborative dialogue.

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