Delivering the Past Collective
The Delivering the Past team came together in 2016 to deliver public engagement activities in connection to a Looking for Londoners display at the Museum of London for a 5 day a week programme, the most extensive volunteer/visitor programme to date. This was the first time that volunteers from across the Archaeological Archives were united under one project. The Collective included volunteers of a range of ages, backgrounds and experiences who united their skills and talents to produce an engaging and interactive experience for visitors.
Over 63 days, the Collective engaged with 14,149 visitors who were able to literally touch the past thanks to the hard work of the volunteers. Thanks to public participation, visitors and volunteers repacked and audited over 300 boxes of archaeology, improving the potential for research and future displays. The team engaged with 7,123 children, including 4,597 from visiting schools.
The Collective were responsible for selecting the final set of objects used for object handling and throughout the project they provided constructive feedback to help it evolve. Together they developed their own styles of presentation, creating narratives and techniques to engage visitors with animal bones. They were the ultimate example of how a team can work together, support each other, provide excellent visitor engagement, complete masses of important collections care work and, most importantly, make it fun.