City Life: Museums and Community Regeneration

‘City Life: Museums and Community Regeneration' was held in the Conor Lecture Theatre, Ulster University, Belfast on Friday the 21 October 2016:

Convened by the Irish Museums Association, this seminar looked at the important role played by Museums in supporting the development of our communities, how museums use their collections and services to address social issues and reflect underrepresented communities, where all sections of society can have a voice. In particular, it looked at the relationship that museums and heritage have with communities that have traditionally faced significant socio-economic challenges. Museums help shape their identity and bring different groups together. They are a catalyst for regeneration through the creation of venues and civic spaces, breathing new life and vitality into ailing neighbourhoods. Through their programmes, they can provide a valuable resource for the development of skills and confidence of the members of these. This conference will look at

The Conference presented and explored through a series of talks, practical examples and site visits, some of the methodologies used in public history-making within the museum to safeguard and ensure that the legacy of the past is not lost in the context of rapidly evolving communities. These can range from exhibition-making and oral history to the development of partnerships.


Dr Tom Maguire, Lecturer, Exploring Heritage module on the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies MA, and Senior Lecturer, Theatre Studies, Ulster University
Paddy Gilmore, Director of Learning and Partnerships, National Museums Northern Ireland
Siobhan McCarthy, Learning and Inclusion Manager, Titanic Belfast
Dr Phillip McDermot, Lecturer, School of Sociology & Applied Social Studies, Ulster University

Further information on this event is available from Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association: +353 (0)1 873 4216 / +353 (0)87 279 0518 or

This event was funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs through the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme.