Mid project gathering

DMAG: WWI CODENAME JOINED UP

On 28 March the Dover Museums and Arts group got together to take stock of project progress so far.

It was wonderful to see at least one representative from every museum or heritage venue at the meeting and nearly all of the artists. We were also particularly pleased to welcome Michael Cooke, Museums Relationship Manager at Arts Council England.

Agenda for the day:

12.00pm – lunch (provided)

12.45pm – Welcomes and round-table introductions

1.00pm – Progress to date & key achievements

1.30pm – Meeting the site artists
Each artist was invited to share their ideas, plans, work to date, what their artwork might look like (5 mins each)

3.00pm – what’s next:
· workshops coming up with Marcia and Rosie
· Souvenir development (distribution of Esther’s research postcard)
· Kevin Joyce digital support
· visitor capture exercise in July

3.30pm – Finish

Kevin Joyce who has just joined the project team masterfully managed all the tech.

At the end of the day, everyone took away a ‘goody bag’ of marketing material.

  • “What a great and fascinating day; well done !! So pleased I came; your Ppt slides put things into context beautifully. Managed to meet all the new artists who came along.Many thanks; an important and fulfilling milestone of which you Clare, Joanna and the team should be most proud. (And super pizza too!)” (Fay Blair, DMAG  project evaluator)
  • It was great to see and hear about the shared sensitivities and ideas around our common project context. 
    The prospect of the final year is a challenging one as we embark upon the final chapters of the journey – think we could have spoken for hours on each work.
    Genuinely looking forward to our next gathering. (
    Colin Priest, DMAG Joined Up artist)
  • I found the event so enjoyable, after a year it was wonderful to see how our DMAG members, including people, collections and buildings, have inspired the highly creative individuals who presented their work and thinking to date with us all. The work that is emerging is as exciting and varied as the participants and I am sure will help inspire our staff, volunteers and visitors now and into the future. (Anne Edwards, DMAG Project Support.)
  • Well done, enjoyed the afternoon (Jim Davies, Aylesham Heritage Centre)
  • “It has been interesting to see how a project that I have experienced only on paper, has developed in practice. Bringing the two sectors together is not easy, especially for the smaller museums and you can be very proud of what you have achieved so far.” (Michael Cooke, Arts Council England)