The Museums Association’s 2019 report, Empowering Collections, talked about the need for museums to work with users and stakeholders to make their collections relevant to diverse audiences. It also said museums should ensure their collections are well-managed, understood, rationalised, accessible and dynamic. But above all it called on museums to use their collections to bring together and empower communities.

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Untold tales

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Revealing hidden histories and making better use of underused collections are at the heart of a West Midlands Museum Development project, as Helen Johnson explains.

Out of the box 

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Patricia Day, Seaside Heritage Project Officer at Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth, describes the Handling Boxes project, which turned volunteers into co-curators.