West Yorkshire Museum Forum

The theme of the Spring West Yorkshire Museums Forum is ‘Cultural Tourism, Regeneration and Community Engagement’.

The meeting venue will be the Old School Room, Church Street, Haworth next to the Bronte Parsonage Museum which we will visit as part of the day.


10:00-10.30 Arrival and Refreshments
10.30-10:45  MDY Welcome & Introduction to the day, Alan Bentley, Museum Development Officer, Museum Development
10:45-11:05 Jenny Hill, Museums and Collections Lead, and Charlotte Craig, Museum and Collection Assistant, Craven Museum ‘Community engagement at Craven Museum: creating an accessible programme’
11:05–11:25 Charlotte Houlahan, Curator, Peace Museum, ‘Imagine Project: A New Home for The Peace Museum’
11:25-11.50  Vicky Clifton, Learning and Outreach Manager, Bradford District Museum and Galleries ‘Bradford Heritage Hub’
11.50-12.15 Rebecca Yorke, Director, Brontë Parsonage Museum
12.15-1.30  Lunch and an opportunity to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum
1.30-1.45 Maggie Smith, Trustee, Saltaire World Heritage Education Association, ‘A Museum’s Role in Community Engagement’
1.45-2.15 Sharing Updates
2.15-2.35 Emily Ghassempour, Senior Volunteering and Community Officer & Hester Pode, Welcome Manager, National Trust, ‘Visitor Welcome and Communities at East Riddlesden’
2.35-3.05 Sarah Thomas, Chair, Ilkley Manor House Trust, ‘Keeping the plates spinning’
3.05-3.30 Closing Discussion, MDY Thanks & Signposting, Alan Bentley, Museum Development Officer, Museum Development Yorkshire

Our museum forums offer you “a professional day out” – a chance to catch up with your museum colleagues in the region, visit an interesting venue, get the most out of being at a site, hear some interesting case studies – and really to enjoy being out in a different museum with different colleagues!

Forums usually start with tea and coffee from 10am and introductions from 10:30am. A delicious, complimentary lunch is provided. Meetings usually finish around 3:30-4pm.

Every forum will involve a chance to view and discuss at least one aspect of the host site, hear short case studies from different speakers, and share brief updates with colleagues.

Whilst we hope there’s something in the plan for the day that appeals to you, we often find that it’s the unexpected and spontaneous conversations that spark most ideas and opportunities! So, join us for a refreshing, professional day out and see what fresh thinking you can gain.

For more information, please contact: MDYOffice@ymt.org.uk



Brontë Parsonage Museum
Church Street Haworth West Yorkshire BD22 8DR