On the 16th of May I headed to my second visit to the Museum and Heritage Show. Museum and Heritage Show is an annual show held at Olympia in Kensington, held over two days it holds ’50 free talks, 150 suppliers and consultants and a raft of special features’, and the best part? It’s completely free.
The first talk I attended was with All Creative Branding and Historic Royal Palaces. Titled “Beauty and the Beast: Engaging New Audiences” the talk touched upon visitor engagement and branding. Georgina Grubb, the Visitor Experience Manager at Kensington Palace spoke about her experience of hosting a blockbuster event. The Diana: Her Fashion Story event was a critically-acclaimed exhibition displaying Diana’s famous outfits, which was inevitably going to draw in big crowds. She spoke with Beverley Law, the Founder and Managing Director of All Creative Branding. Kensington Palaces worked with All Creative Branding to refresh the branding of Kensington Palace to get ready for such a popular exhibition. In an incredibly short period of time, Georgina Grubb and Beverley Law worked together to create an exhibition that managed and exceeded visitor expectations, responding to visitor feedback alongside the development.
As a big fan of the work of Tincture of Museum in making museums accessible to children (and adults) with disabilities, particularly Autism, I made sure to listen to the Kids in Museum talk next. Claire Madge spoke about her personal experience with museums and autism, the parent of a young child with autism who thrives in quieter museum settings. As always, Claire Madge gave practical, affordable and useful tips in how to make museums accessible to families with disabilities to create and inclusive and welcoming experience.
Museum and Heritage show is a invaluable resource for the museum and gallery sector, developing best practice in an accessible and enjoyable way.