Monthly Archives: May 2012

The first handling session takes place today!

There is  going to be a handling session and an opportunity to discuss the photos today, Thursday 31st May 2-3pm, in Leytonstone Library foyer (up stairs).

A handling session gives you the opportunity to actually handle the photos. There are smaller prints of the photographs available as a handling collection but you also get to handle the exhibition photographs not used in this particular exhibition.You will also get to see the box museum which is given to the volunteer curators so they can create the wonderful exhibitions that you can view on this site.

Using different senses to experience works of art and artefacts is an important part of discovering what we can learn from objects. Traditionally we view them only, often behind glass, as is the case in the library exhibition. The handling session allows you to get up close, touch and smell – but no tasting please!! I will be on hand to discuss the photographs, the exhibition, the concept of Leytonstone Museum and any other questions you may have about the project.

Please do come along and say hello!



The photographic archive


ImageThe box museum


The library exhibition is up!

The latest exhibition is up at Leytonstone Library! Please go along and see it and comment on here to let us know what you think! Curated by picture editor, Diana Korchien.

There is also going to be a handling session and an opportunity to discuss the photos on Thursday 31st May 2-3pm in the library foyer (up stairs) so do drop in and say hello!

Photos of the exhibition on the exhibition page!

The first public exhibition is announced!

From Monday 21st May until Saturday 2nd June, Leytonstone Library will be exhibiting a selection of Leytonstone Museum’s photographic archive, curated by picture editor, Diana Korchien.

Diana has organised the exhibition around the following themes:

  1. All Change
  2. Our Town Centre
  3. Leytonstone People
  4. Seasons
  5. Road and Rail
  6. Details

In addition,  I will run a handling session on Thursday 31st May, 2 -2.45pm. You are invited to come along and see, handle and discuss the box museum and the handling collection.

So, please pop along to the library to see the exhibition!

And reblog, twitter, facebook and invite all your friends!

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Update on the museum…


Leytonstone Museum @ Stuart’s house                                              © Stuart Cameron


Hopefully I can announce dates for the first public handling session and exhibition very soon! We are in the final stages of planning an exhibition at Leytonstone Library, curated by Diana Korchien.

For those of you who are members of FARA, I will be giving a short talk at the AGM next week and I am excited to confirm that Leytonstone Museum will be holding a pop up exhibition at the Red Lion during the Arts Trail in July!

I am also hoping to start building up the online photographic archive, so more contributions welcome!

How does this project create opportunities for learning and meaning making?

Meaning making has been an important part of museum studies in recent years and influences the way many museums present their collections to their public. For my research I am exploring how ‘Leytonstone Museum: a participatory arts project’ create opportunities for learning and meaning making.

‘In museums, visitors don’t necessarily learn what is intended in an exhibit or program, nor do they necessarily learn in a sequence that is determined by the structure of the subject or the way the exhibit developers lay out the material. They make meaning based on the new experiences and how these fit into what they already have in their minds. The expanding field of visitor studies increasingly recognizes this: the emphasis of research and evaluation studies is shifting from asking whether visitors have understood the intentions of the designers or the content of the material, to asking what meanings visitors make of the exhibitions they have viewed’.

Hein, G. (2001) ‘Constructivism: More Than Meaning Making’. In: R. Toon, K. Pontin (Eds) Museological Review: A Journal Edited by Students of the Department of Museum Studies, 7:7  University of Leicester

Therefore I pose the question to you:

How does ‘Leytonstone Museum: a participatory arts project’ create opportunities for learning and meaning making?

Feel free to reply on this blog, or if you prefer to remain anonymous or would help me by answering additional questions, please visit the research page.

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New Exhibition Page

There is now an exhibition page where photographs of the exhibitions are displayed. Stuart Cameron curated the first exhibition of Leytonstone Museum. Photographs of the exhibition are now on exhibition page.



I am sorry I didn’t manage to get the photos on yesterday – my day didn’t pan out as I hoped! I am working on them now so they should go live soon!

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