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What is a Peer2Peer and how do I run one?

When your museum is carrying out an exciting project or initiative, major refurbishment, working to best practice or receiving national awards, no doubt you want to share this with others as well as pass on any new skills or tips you have learnt along the way.

Holding a P2P session is all about making sure organisational good practice is shared and celebrated within the sector with peers.  It is also about giving the organisation the opportunity to take a leadership role in their chosen topic/area of expertise and to offer training, advice and support to their fellow museum colleagues.

This is exactly what the Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme is keen to support through enabling you to run your own Peer2Peer sharing event.

The format of these sessions is always the same:

1. it starts with a number of museums giving a short informal presentation or talk on their experiences, with tips, recommendations, ponderings, ideas, requests on the specific topic, anything you can think of;

2. discussions after each short presentation will be held so that others can ask questions or bounce ideas off each other;

3. the session draws to a close with a general networking opportunity - this is where you can seek out that person you've been meaning to talk to, chatting with them about a great idea you've had for a project or partnership working, and don't forget to exchange contact details!

The session is informal; teas, coffees, biccies, cake and a sense of humour are a must!

Previous Peer2Peer session:

Where did Peer2Peers come from?

Holding a P2P session is all about making sure organisational good practice is shared and celebrated within the sector with peers.  It is also about giving the organisation the opportunity to take a leadership role in their chosen topic/area of expertise and to offer training, advice and support to their fellow museum colleagues.

It began in February 2014, with a great session led by Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery who shared their experiences of working with artists to interpret under-used parts of their collection in innovative new ways.  The session was a mix of top tips, lessons learned, as well as practical activities. As a result, Museum Manager, Jo Wiltcher was invited to join the Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) network meeting, who were themselves developing a project focused around working with artists.  It was great for the DMAG members to hear from a museum peer about their first-hand experiences.

The next P2P took place in March at the Powell-Cotton Museum, who focused their session on Collections Care. Here's what we got up to:

We also held Making the most of your Handling Collection, held in July 2014, again with the Powell-Cotton Museum who shared how their new gallery redevelopment is enabling them to utilise under-used collections: