Plans for first Museum of Campaigns discussed

Plans for a new permanent exhibition dedicated to inspiring campaigns and campaigners from the nation’s past have been floated at a conference in Oxford.

Delegates to the 2018 Campaigning Forum discussed how a new Museum for Campaigns could be created to inspire the next generation of campaigners and curate the history of progressive campaigning currently spread over different archives, libraries and temporary exhibitions.

The development of the museum in an online or physical space would enable the charity and campaigns sector to better celebrate examples of good practice and defend itself from attacks on the impact of campaigning.

Campaigners also hope that such an exhibition would inspire young people in the role they could play in making the world a better place.

Campaign Collective has volunteered to contribute to the scoping of this idea through its social purpose activity to help encourage the next generation of campaigners. The Collective’s work in this area has also included the development of a new PR & Communications apprenticeship which opened for starts in March 2018.

Anyone interested in joining a steering group to investigate the potential to make the Museum of Campaigns happen can sign up on this form.

Simon Francis, Founder Member of Campaign Collective, who attended the discussions, commented:

This is an exciting prospect that we’d be happy to help explore. We know that many archives, libraries and exhibitions have temporary displays on how campaigns have been won, but a permanent resource to inspire a new generation of progressive campaigners could help.

Initial responses to the idea show there is enthusiasm to make this happen and we’d encourage anyone who wants to be part of this vision – or who may be able to provide funding to make it happen – to get in touch.

To sign up to hear more about the Museum of Campaigns, sign up here:

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