Tracy-Ann Smith has many years’ ‘on the ground’ experience managing community engagement work in museums. In 2009, she founded the Diversity in Heritage Group (DHG) with colleagues experiencing similar challenges in this work. She still runs DHG, a professional network that facilitates peer learning, champions participatory practice and creates better access to research and resources.
Tracy-Ann’s media company, TASCreations, recently produced over 100 videos and 100 written resources for ‘Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners’. This was a Paul Hamlyn Foundation programme to facilitate a process of organisational change within museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities.
Recently, Tracy-Ann co-authored a chapter in ‘Museum Participation’ which looked at approaches to change in larger organisations in order to embed participatory community engagement.