Commissioned from consultant Caroline Reed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative 'Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners', the Is Revisiting Collections working? report asks whether focusing on engaging people directly with collections has helped deliver active participation and change organisations. It concludes that Revisiting Collections has made a valuable contribution to shaping and delivering active, collections-focused participation in museums and archives. While its tools and online guidance could benefit from some updating and re-presentation, there is no evidence that the methodology has been superseded or overtaken either by major changes in professional practice or by technology. However, barriers to services using the methodology successfully still exist, and organisations and individual practitioners will continue to need support to overcome these as well as to find out about the methodology and its potential. The report makes e targeted recommendations to stakeholder organisations including Collections Trust, strategic sector lead bodies and funders so that:
• Services and individuals that might benefit from RC are encouraged and supported to consider and use the methodology
• New entrants and current practitioners in the heritage professions, grant applicants and services preparing to meet relevant sector wide standards (e.g. Accreditation) are informed about the methodology and can readily access the necessary tools, guidance, case studies and peer group support.
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