reading group

An Amsterdam-based informal reading group focussed around the topic of museums and participation, offering a friendly forum to exchange ideas, raise questions and develop thinking around participatory practices. We read and take as inspiration journal papers, book chapter, project reports and blogs relating to community engagement, understanding audiences, realising the social value of museums and collections, and making museums and the stories they share more representative. Everyone is welcome! Get in touch if you want to come along.

Here are some of the things we have read, loosely grouped into themes. Most of these are open access.

Participation practice - what is it all about?


Museums made up of people and practices - positionality   

Museums & activism

Understanding audiences and our work




  • Five Faiths Project - Williams, Ray (2019) 'Welcoming (and Learning from) the Stranger: The Museum as a Forum for Interfaith Dialogue', Journal of Museum Education, 44:1, 34-40

  • Our Museum - Lynch, Bernadette (2015) 'A five year perspective from a critical friend' and Bienkowski, Piotr (2016) 'No longer us and them' 

The role of the museum today - new ICOM museum definition


Participation practice during and after COVID-19 

If you're looking for more reading ideas relating to museums and social justice, this is an amazing open collaborative resources: Social Justice and Museums resource list

For Dutch speakers, I also recommend looking at the Erfgoedparticipatie leeslijst, another open collaborative resource.