Some Recent Work
Gerri is working with colleagues Sally Medlyn and Helen Corkery on an evaluation
of ‘Our Museum’, a Special Initiative by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation This 3 year programme aims to facilitate a
process of development and organisational change within museums and galleries that are committed to active partnership with
their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely.
This initiative is not about short-term project funding, but about facilitating organisational
change so that participatory work in the sector becomes core, embedded, sustainable and less at risk of being marginalised
when specific funding streams run out. Their evaluation framework for the programme can be accessed at www.ourmuseum.ning.com.
central element of the Our Museum programme is an annual peer review, which aims to be a collaborative, reflective, learning
process through which institutions and communities share their experiences and learn from each other. The first peer review
took place this year in Cardiff and John McGrath (Artistic Director, National Museum of Wales’ gave a keynote speech.
Jennifer Williams, visual artist, who is supporting the work of the evaluation team, captured some of the key points in this