Build your own discovery

Build your own discovery

Community Access Scheme at Kensington Palace: Community Roles and Relationships Top: Westminster Adult Education Service ESOL group, July 2014. Bottom: Open Age object handling session, May 2015. Jatinder Kailey, Community Assistant Producer @JatinderKailey Place is everything Place is where we come from, where we feel alive, where we connect with others and where we feel we belong. Jean Vergeront, Museum Planner

When a museum contributes to creating a strong sense of place, it also contributes to a higher quality of life. Javier Jimenez, The Economics of Museums and Cities From a royal palace to a community hub Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. The Reader Organisation exploring Christmas at Kensington,

December 2016. Welcome to Kensington a palace for everyone Bunting, cushions and china made by community groups, 2011-2012. Community Access Scheme: Build Your Own Discovery Scheme includes: Group leader training Leader-led visits to the palace Discount entry for independent visits Ongoing support for group leaders Group criteria: Locality Experience a barrier to visiting

Adult specific groups Types of groups: Social Health and wellbeing Skills development Reach Figures 881 694 665 609 Group Leaders Group Visits

1 entry 226 191 106 44 2014-15 27 49 2015-16 54 2016-17

56 2017-18 What weve learned, how weve changed Key principles: The community are the expert You are creating a space, not just a design You can see a lot just by observing From Project for Public Spaces, Eleven principles for turning public spaces into civic places The experience, skills, friendliness/approachability and

enthusiasm of the team is of paramount importance to our clients, giving them confidence and new experiences in a safe environment. It is important to our clients that all Kensington Palace staff look at them directly, speak to them as individuals (not just as another group) and are welcoming. In my experience this is the case and is very much appreciated. Group leader commenting on the impact of Build your own discovery on their group, August 2017. Opportunities for the future Potential to evidence: Placemaking Social capital Arts and wellbeing A feeling of connection

with the Historic Royal Palaces as facilities of value and relevance to their local community- not elitist establishments. Group leader commenting on what they have personally gained from Build your own discovery, August 2017. Like all social and cultural assets, museums make soft contributions that are sometimes evident only indirectly and in the long term. Javier Jimenez, The Economics of

Museums and Cities, 2015 Contact information: Jatinder Kailey, Community Assistant Producer Email: [email protected] Telephone: 020 3166 6685 @JatinderKailey

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