Opening up museum and library spaces for learning
A detailed report describing how the MLA Challenge Fund successfully enabled museums, libraries and archives round the UK to open up their spaces free of charge to self-organised groups of learners. Case studies include a poetry group and various heritage, craft and creative arts groups.
The Poetry for Pleasure group in Brixham was set up by a group of poetry enthusiasts who wanted to share this enthusiasm with others.
The library service opened up its meeting room space at no cost to support this group in spreading their passion for poetry and encouraging more local people to join.
The Poetry for Pleasure group has been a great success. The 25 adults involved meet monthly in the library meeting room and membership is growing at such a rate it may have to split into two groups to continue to use the space on offer.