Through a different lens: writing at the museum, with Shelagh Doonan

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Through a different lens: writing at the museum, with Shelagh Doonan

Time: October 19, 2018 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: The Horniman Museum
Street: 100 London Road, Forest Hill
City/Town: South London, SE23 3PQ
Website or Map: https://www.horniman.ac.uk
Phone: 020-8699-1872
Event Type: amed, writers', group
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Oct 16

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Context:  This event is part of our experimental ‘AMED2020’ project, in which we’re exploring the future of AMED through different lenses, venues and formats. 

About our time together: Shelagh writes:  Amongst other things, the museum is home to a wonderful (visible) colony of honeybees, which are an excellent catalyst to conversation and writing.  Drawing upon the museum’s rich resource, we have an ideal place for the AMED Writers’ Group to explore, think and write. You may wish to focus on a particular object (some can be handled) or gallery or wander where the fancy takes you. Please bring a fertile question that’s important to you – perhaps (but not necessarily)  connected in some way with AMED 20:20 – that might benefit from further thinking, writing and talking?

About our venue:  The Horniman Museum and Gardens was opened in 1890 by tea-trader and philanthropist Frederick Horniman  Its free exhibitions and events bring together many facets of human inquiry and culture in one place: anthropology, music and dance, art, natural history. A new World Gallery opened in June 2018, “celebrating the wonder and complexity of what it means to be human”. Horniman Museum and Gardens ranks amongst the world’s top ten “coolest museums “ (New York Times, 2018)!

About our process:  Our co-inquiry explores how we can use the museum as a stimulus to our thinking and writing.

1.15      Gather in the foyer, near the main desk.  (There’s a museum café if you want to have lunch there before we meet).

1.30      Introductions, orientations, expectations

2.00      Explore, discover, write.

3.00      BREAK in the museum café

3.20      Conversations in pairs of critical friends; share emergent discoveries/writing; further explorations/writing

4.00      Plenary: insights from writing at the museum: a different lens?

4.30      Finish: those who wish can continue conversations in a nearby pub or coffee shop.

Getting there: For more detailed travel directions, click here.

About Shelagh:  Shelagh has worked in learning and development in the public and voluntary sectors for over 40 years, at individual, team, intra-and inter-agency levels.  She is also an Engage Volunteer at the Horniman Museum, asking and answering visitors’ questions, particularly in the museum’s natural history collections. Shelagh is a long-standing member of the AMED Writers’ Group.  shelaghdoonan2010@btinternet.com

Cost:  Entrance to the museum is free. Optional entry to the aquarium is £4.00 and to the butterfly house is £5.40. We invite you to make a voluntary contribution of £5 towards AMED’s development fund, by clicking here, or in person on 19 October.

Please reply in the right hand RSVP panel by 18 October (earlier if possible).  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch beforehand if there’s anything you’d like to discuss.  We look forward to seeing you on 19 October.  Bob, bob@amed.org.uk          

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Comment by John Sweet on September 24, 2018 at 3:17

HI everyone

I am looking forward to Shelagh's event especially as my last visit to the Horniman was when I was aged 10.  Will be good to see how they display the bees!   John

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