The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, is coordinating a project called Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible. Funded by Arts Council England it explores the potential of intangible cultural heritage and creative and digital practice to improve research and understanding of our collections and to extend engagement. As part of the project MERL are developing a ‘toolkit’ to help museums and heritage organisations use the combination of intangible cultural heritage ideas and visual arts and other creative practices to engage and enrich the lives of new audiences.
There are many ways of understanding and interpreting the term ‘intangible cultural heritage’. UNESCO defines ICH as ‘the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills – including the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them – that communities, groups and individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.’
To help develop this toolkit MERL would like the input from as many museums as possible. ICH ideas are relevant to all museums, and not just those with social history or ethnographic collections and have developed an online survey . The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes at the end of February 2018.
The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PGGQJKB