Civic pride at co-created Migration Museum toolkit

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Lewisham's Migration Museum has launched a new community engagement toolkit, co-produced by its People’s Panel and Network.

The toolkit is one element of a broader collaboration between Goldsmiths academic Louise Doherty and Mona Jamil and Jason Page of the Migration Museum, supported by the College's Civic Catalysts initiative.

The open-access toolkit is now available online.

Mona Jamil working with others on a project

Mona Jamil, Migration Museum Manager, with the People's Panel and Network

The recently-launched toolkit is a free resource that includes learnings, tips and templates to encourage and support others to undertake processes of co-production in community engagement work. It was co-authored by People's Panel and Network members Edward Adonteng, Priscilla Okoye and Eric Tang, with Mona Jamil and Louise Doherty, and designed by Shania Janine Saldi.

The Migration Museum’s People’s Panel and Network was established in 2022 and aims to put community engagement and co-production at the centre of the museum’s work and ethos. Over the last year, Louise has worked on an evaluation of its work; and together they have developed innovative ways to support and extend this work.

It's hugely inspiring to see organisations like the Migration Museum actively engage people in our community in thinking creatively and collaboratively about their work. It's been a privilege to see the project grow and to offer my research experience as part of that process.

Louise Doherty, Goldsmiths’ Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Louise Doherty, Goldsmiths’ Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

The collaboration was developed through Goldsmiths' Civic Catalysts initiative, which connects Goldsmiths researchers with local partners to have a positive local impact. It is one element of Goldsmiths’ work under the Civic University Agreement (CUA), which was signed in 2021.

Mona Jamil and Jason Page of the Migration Museum said: "The People’s Panel and Network have been actively shaping the Migration Museum’s values, objectives and activities in Lewisham and beyond. We’re thrilled to be able to share our experiences and learnings with a wider audience through this new toolkit, and hope it will inspire and encourage others to undertake processes of co-production in their own work."

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