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Laura is Head of Community Partnerships at the British Museum and leads a team working with, and for, community-based audiences across Greater London. The team is part of the Learning and National Programmes Department which leads on the Museum’s understanding of its varied audiences and its tailored learning, partnership and volunteering opportunities across the UK.
Key to Laura’s work is supporting diverse communities engage with their heritage through the Museum’s collections. Her areas of particular interest are working with supplementary schools, exploring intergenerational volunteering opportunities, developing display and interpretation with community partners, developing programming with LGBT communities and encouraging museums to reflect on their activity with older stakeholders.
Laura set up the Age Friendly Museums Network (formerly Age Collective) in 2012 supporting the Museum sector to be more Age Friendly. It is a cross-sector partnership project spanning the UK with a focus on advocacy, training and research.
The Age Friendly Museums Network believes:
• Ageing is something everyone in the world shares from birth
• Older people and museums enrich each other
• Age-friendly museums play an important role in building age-friendly communities
• Museums are natural partners for social care, healthcare and community