C o m m o n w e a l t h
A s s o c i a t i o n o f
M u s e u m s
Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation 1807 - 2007
Resources, Research and Education in Caribbean Museums
Sunday, September 9th – Saturday, September 15th 2007
Organized throught the National Museum of the Bahamas, the Commonwealth Association of Museums, and UNESCO
Join Us To...
- learn about current research and resources on slavery and emancipation and participate in discussions
- develop a children's programme on Slavery & Emancipation
- explore children's engagement in Caribbean museums and the importance of considering the needs, aspirations and sensitivities of children and their caregivers, parents, teachers and the community
- share our expertise in making museums children and family friendly and collaborating with the community and educators in increasing our relevance to children
- learn more about developing children's programming from A-Z and create a template using the theme of slavery, emancipation and independence among others
- prepare a strategy and future plan for GCCM, CAM and MAC to enhance the ability of Caribbean museums to share their ideas, programmes and resources and build a supportive network of museums in the region
Arrival Day: September 9, 2007
Departure Day: September 16, 2007
Conference hotel in Nassau, Bahamas
Conference hotel in Nassau, Bahamas - Wyndham Nassau Resort
Accommodation expenses are about $140 US per night single or double, plus taxes. Double will have an additional resort service charge for the second person.
Transportation from the airport and return and locally will be provided. Some meals (several lunches) will be provided along with an opening reception, a workshop dinner, a Bahamas night, closing lunch and excursion day lunch. Additional meals will be breakfasts and about four dinners and lunches throughout the week.
Air fare return to Nassau, hotel and individual requirements for 7 days plus parts depending on air schedule.
Registration, Application, and Funding
Registration is limited. No registration fee for those from the Caribbean. $100 U.S. for those coming from outside the Caribbean. Individuals from northern South America, or Central America are also exempted.
Please indicate your interest in this workshop as soon as possible by writing a letter, and sending one page describing education and museum experience. DEADLINE: July 30, 2007. You may still register after July 30 if there is room.
For those seeking funding assistance, please indicate the contribution your museum can make to your participation. Criteria for selection will include:
- contribution from your museum
- previous participation in GCCM
- demonstrated commitment to children's programmes
- geographical representation
- gender balance
- CAM and MAC membership
Participants are strongly advised to seek their own funding; CAM will assist by providing letters of invitation and support; a small amount of support is available from CAM and until more funding is obtained, it is restricted to Commonwealth delegates.
Sunday, 9th September
Part 1: Children's Voices in Caribbean Museums
In 2005, a group of representatives from several Commonwealth Caribbean museums met in Barbados at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society to discuss the status of children's museum education programming in the Caribbean. Discourse was based on a survey done by a CAM intern at the Barbados Museum sponsored by the Canadian Department of Heritage Program: Young Canada Works, Building Careers in Heritage. Significant information was also provided from the Children in African Museums Programme which has held three workshops on the topic of children and museums.
The title of the workshop refers not only to the number of visitors to Caribbean museums that are children but also to the question of whether the needs, opinions, expectations and thoughts of children are addressed from the beginning of programme development for children through to evaluation. Children's programming includes not only school programmes but leisure time activities, family programming and some general public & community events.
The opportunity for this collaboration of process and content enables a workshop on children's programming (education in Caribbean museums) along with attention to resources and research related to a very prominent theme among museums in the Caribbean and the UK: commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in 1807. Workshop participants are invited to participate in the workshop and seminar from Sept. 10-15 and will be using the same theme to review and enhance the processes for developing programmes in the workshop and learning about the research and resources available through current activities.
The workshop will also consider effective collaboration with children, educators and the community. A strategy will be developed to stimulate and share ideas, programmes and resources for children and museums in the Caribbean.
- To examine what it means to be a children friendly and family friendly museum within civil society in the Caribbean
- To explore and set down the steps in developing child-centred programming that involves children, parents, teachers (and the education infrastructure), elders and the community and responds to their needs and expectations.
- To develop a potential program on slavery, emancipation and independence and other themes for use by participants
- To further establish the Group for Children in Caribbean Museums (GCCM) and examine its role among Caribbean museums
- To determine GCCM's strategy, partners, structure and future plans.
Outcomes and Outputs
- Greater appreciation and support for museums as educational resources amongst regional education agencies, ministries, and establishment of a network of museums and educational agencies to collaborate on program development, training activities and educational materials
- capacities strengthened in Caribbean museums for child-centred programming
- draft manual for children's programming either Caribbean only or based on African manual
- strategy and action plan for GCCM
- any other workshop reports or documents as decided
Monday, 10th September
- Opening Ceremonies and welcome
- Keynote Speaker
- Introduction of participants, workshop expectations, brief presentations on participants' country and museum experience and programmes
- Introduction to the workshop: objectives, schedule, program theme, GCCM principles, previous survey, and documents
- facilitator introduction and remarks
- Learning in the Museum
- Welcome Reception at Pompey Museum
Tuesday, 11th September
- Knowing our children - Group discussion on demographics, legal issues, issues in education and social development
- the Children-Friendly Museum and Children's museums
- missions and education policies
- Developing Children's programmes from A-Z (Needs to implementation & evaluation) - discussion of steps and recording of process
- LUNCH with Educators & children
- Child's eye view of the museum
Site tours: Balcony House, Forts, Clifton Plantation, with children
- Child's eye view of the museum
Wednesday, 12th September
- Discussion on findings from previous afternoon
- Involving children, Teachers and Education Specialists, Parents, Community in program development - Do Museums need help with education theory?
- Developing programmes: theme of slavery, emancipation and independence and other themes
- presentation and discussion of programmes; decision on one further session after the conclusion of the seminar to amend programmes
- Group for Children in Caribbean Museums' strategy and planning
- what are the training needs related to GCCM principles in the region; what activities should GCCM undertake; How can these be supported by CAM and others; what are the objectives, priorities, next steps, who will undertake what
- how will we know GCCM is successful?
- workshop evaluation distributed
Part 2: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation, 1807-2007: Resources & Research
Thursday, 13th September
- 9:30 - Welcome and Introduction for Slavery Resource Experts
- Dr. Keith Tinker, Pompey Museum
- Coffee Break (coffee/tea/pastries/fruit)
- 11:00 - Panel I: Report on London Meeting
- 2:15 - Panel II: Presentations on Slavery Resources: The Bahamas and the Caribbean
- 3:30 - Panel III: Presentations on Slavery Resources: Africa and Latin America
- 7:00 - Bahamian Night at Fort Charlotte
Friday, 14th September
- 9:00 - Panel IV: Presentation on Slavery Resources: UK/US/Canada
- Coffee Break (Coffee/Tea)
- 10:30 - Round Table Discussion and close out session: Acquisition and Program Development )
- Lecture Luncheon: Resource Speaker
- For Children's workshop participants: One informal workshop session to finalize children's programme on topic; time to be decided by participants
Saturday, 15th September
- Day trip to Harbour Island, Bahamas
Sunday, 16th September
- Departure or Participants are free to make their own arrangements for further stay.
For further information, expressions of interest, and registration, contact
Commonwealth Association of Museums,
P.O. Box 30192,
Chinook Postal Outlet,
Calgary AB T2H 2V9,
Tel. & Fax: (403) 938-3190
Fastest form of communication is email.