South Yorkshire Museum Forum

Our museum forums offer you “a professional day out” – a chance to catch up with your museum colleagues in the region, visit an interesting venue, get the most out of being at a site, hear some interesting case studies – and enjoy being out in a different museum with different colleagues!

Forums usually start with tea and coffee from 10am and introductions from 10:30am. A delicious, complimentary lunch is provided. Meetings usually finish around 3:30-4pm.

Every forum will involve a chance to view and discuss at least one aspect of the host site, hear short case studies from different speakers, and share brief updates with colleagues.

The theme of this forum is Understanding Audiences: Our South Yorkshire Museum Forum will focus on how we gather the views and perceptions of the public on what our museums do, and how this feedback is used to shape future decisions.  It will explore the ways we use to understand our audiences and communities, how this is reflected in forward planning, and how museums can engage directly to develop and deliver their programmes.  It will look at how we can use this information to improve the visitor experience, grow and attract new audiences.


10:00-10.30 Arrival and Refreshments
10.30-10:45 MDN Welcome & Introduction to the day, Alan Bentley, Museum Development Adviser, Museum Development North
10.45-11.10 Arantza Barrutia Ezenarro, Senior Archivist National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield, Empowering Communities
11:10-11:35 Eleanor Beestin-Sheriff, Community Curator & Shelaagh Ferrell, Culture Services Officer (Youth), Heritage Doncaster, Working with Audiences at Heritage Doncaster
11.35-12.00 Sarah Taylor, Sector Specialist: Family Learning, Barnsley Museums, Teeny Time Travellers and other big adventures for under 5s at Barnsley Museums 
12.00-12.30 Tour of Sheffield Stories: Caribbean Footsteps – Lucy Cooper, Exhibitions Curator and Simon Jones, Community Co-Curator
12.30-1.15 Lunch and another opportunity to see the museum
1.15-1.40 Clara Morgan, Social History Curator, Cheryl Bowen, Community Curator, and Simon Jones, Community Co-Curator, Sheffield Museums, Caribbean Footsteps – Redisplaying our Sheffield Stories gallery 
1.40-2.05 Christian Beckett, Marketing and Communications Officer, National Videogame Museum
2.05-2.30 Sarah Ledjmi, Engagement Manager (North), National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Heritage 2033 
2.30-3.15 Sharing Updates, Your News
3.15-3.30 Closing Discussion, MDN Thanks & Signposting, Alan Bentley, Museum Development Adviser, Museum Development North

Whilst we hope there’s something in the plan for the day that appeals to you, we often find that it’s the unexpected and spontaneous conversations that spark most ideas and opportunities! So, join us for a refreshing, professional day out and see what fresh thinking you can gain.

For more information, please contact:



Weston Park Museum
Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP