Yesterday, no sooner had I walked through the office door than Walt Crowson from LSEN ushered me into the meeting room to talk to someone about Peripheral Vision. Walt had hosted a meeting between the BBC and MOSI-ALONG, so there was quite a buzz in the room. Walt introduced me to Fred Garnett from MOSI-ALONG and we settled down for a chat about our respective projects.
“Right,” said Fred, “This is what we do,” and he began telling me about the following:
Ambient Learning Manchester
Participatory Curatorial Strategies and a seminal book The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon
The ‘Aggregate then Curate’ model of learning:
- physical creation
- physical aggregation
- digital creation
- digital aggregation
- digital sequencing
- social media aggregation
Fred would like to test the learning model theory outlined above and is in the process of meeting various project managers in Manchester to see whether their projects could help him to do this.
Fred then dashed off to meet a friend for lunch and I was left feeling like I’d just been whipped up into a whirlwind of ideas and names and learning theories and dropped back down to Crawford House with a thud.
NIACE on the line
At 14:15, Sue Easton from NIACE rang to check on the project progress to date. Sue had already met Fiona Parr, my Line Manager, at an IACL NIACE meeting and so was pretty conversant with Peripheral Vision. Apparently our workplan is fine but she just wanted clarification on our methods of ‘Impact Measurement‘.
Project Impact Measurement
In order to assess the impact the project has had, or will have, on participants’ lives, I will need to think carefully about how to ‘capture’ this before the project starts. We discussed various options such as:
- asking questions about well-being at the beginning and end of the project. (I have already added questions about well-being to the data collection questionnaire.)
- participant/tutor/cultural/community partner video diaries
- one-to-one interviews to collect quotes
- hand-made, personal note/sketch books
- this blog, which highlights the Project Manager’s perspective
I told Sue about diaryofaproject.com and she logged on there and then, which was terribly nice of her. She has the loveliest Scottish accent – just perfect for telephone interviews!
Well that was an interesting meeting: Nick, Gurdeep and I met at Manchester Camerata to discuss their recent foray into Ardwick, where they met Jenny Wong at Manchester Chinese Centre (MCC) and Alison Kershaw who works for Pool Arts and St Luke’s Art Project. WEA already works with MCC, and after listening to Nick and Gurdeep describe the inspirational creativity in evidence at Pool Arts and St Luke’s, I will definitely get in touch with Alison and invite her along to the Cornerhouse event. Apparently, they have a project called Creative Conversation, whereby people are recorded talking about all sorts of things, with the resulting audio clips being stored in The North West Sound Archive.
By the way, The National Archives is a fascinating site which could be used as a great teaching resource.
Courage, adversity and identity
We also discussed Peripheral Vision further with Gurdeep suggesting I contact the staff at the Museum of Science and Industry to see if their project MOSI Along would fit in with this project. Gurdeep would like the exhibits at PHM to be used as a resource to examine participants’ notions of courage, adversity and identity. Rousing stuff.
Nick then told us about his fabulous idea for a separate project, which shall remain under wraps until it is written up as a new bid.
What I enjoyed most about our get together today was the table tennis tournament of ideas pinging and ponging across the table. We could have chatted some more, but Bob came in to remind Nick that he had another meeting. So Gurdeep and I walked down the stairs to the RNCM café and had soup and a roll for £2. Bargain.
- email me his costings for the musical workshops
email me Manchester Camerata info for my presentation, as he can’t attend (13/09/11)
- send me and Nick the details of the wellbeing workshop & discussion kit (no need as already had email, but can’t attend training as I’ll be on leave.
Sent email to Fiona Parr asking if anyone can go in my place 07/09/11)
send me and Nick info about Memories, The Cheetham Hill project (16/09/11)
email me Alison’s contact details (07/09/11)
send Gurdeep the online questionnaire with the well-being addition (07/09/11)
nvite Alison to the PV event on 16 Sept (07/09/11)
Congratulations to Jenny Wong
the Director of Manchester Chinese Centre (MCC) for her project the Manchester Chinese Archive, which today won the Volunteering Project of the Year. WEA has a close working relationship with MCC. We provide the centre with ESOL, literacy and numeracy classes and PTLLS and Community Interpreting courses. I am hoping that some of the centre users will join one or two of the new Peripheral Vision courses too.
Museum of Science and Industry & Councillor Mike Amesbury
While I was at the presentation ceremony at MOSI, I was pleased to meet Councillor Mike Amesbury who is Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure. I told him all about Peripheral Vision (and our prior cultural project, Just the Ticket). He handed me his business card and said to get in touch. You bet I will…
Send Councillor Amesbury an email (26/08/11)
Post him a copy of the Just the Ticket project evaluation report. (26/08/11)