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John Lyon’s Charity

Curator talk at the Museum

In 2008 John Lyon’s Charity granted support to the British Museum’s Talking Objects programme, a three-year community engagement programme that placed the interaction between young people and museum objects at its core.

The partnership between John Lyon’s Charity and the British Museum has proved very successful, not only because the project engaged with large numbers of young people but also because its new way of working with community participants was embraced across the entire Museum.

Over the past four years, Talking Objects has worked with eighteen groups of young people from across London. Through a series of intensive workshops, participants have explored the multiple meanings of key Museum objects and devised and presented creative responses which look at the relevance of these objects today. The success of Talking Objects in London led to the programme gaining additional support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in 2010, which funded the programme to connect with six partner museums across the UK.

In 2011 John Lyon’s Charity generously committed to support the British Museum in creating the next stage of the programme, Talking Objects Collective. This will interrogate how objects can be used to instigate new interactions within both the physical museum and the digital arena. It will also see the programme connect more closely with the accreditation needs of young people who are reengaging with learning, adding further benefits to participation.

The British Museum is extremely grateful to John Lyon’s Charity for giving Talking Objects such substantial long-term support.

“The skills I have gained from taking part in Talking Objects have definitely been useful. I gained presentation skills and I improved in confidence. I developed better interpersonal skills, learning to adapt to each other and different ways of working and team work. I have never experienced that kind of thing before.”
– Jen, Talking Objects participant

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