Knowledge Quarter Community Engagement Show & Tell

Wellcome Collection
83 Euston Rd,
London NW1 2BE

Monday 14th March 2016

Organised by the Knowledge Quarter’s Community Engagement subgroup, the Show and Tell evening event at the Wellcome Trust’s beautiful Reading Room was an opportunity to showcase the work of the Public Collaboration Lab. We exhibited the Future Libraries and Home Libraries Service projects, showing photos, videos, publications and creative consultation tools. Several Central Saint Martins MA Industrial Design students designed and made an engagement tool for the evening – a KQ Community Engagement Map – that participants could use to map the communities they work with, visually showing the networks and reach of the KQ organisations. The students were on hand for the evening, discussing their PCL work and advising on the KQ community engagement map.

The evening provided the opportunity for KQ partners to network and try out some of the community engagement activities offered by their neighbours (the baby T-Rex feet proved very popular!)


(More photos can be found in our Facebook album here.)

Full list of participants:

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Future Libraries

IMG_2161As part of a range of measures to address the challenges of reduced funding from central government, Camden Council is exploring opportunities for reshaping Camden’s library services with the aim of creating £800,000 in savings by 2018.

MA Industrial Design for Publics at Central Saint Martins explores how design and designers can contribute to collaborative creative activities that bring people together around issues of concern to them, facilitate the articulation of these concerns, and support collaborative sense making and scenario building in response to these concerns, sharing insights in meaningful and accessible ways.

In the Future Libraries project, research staff and students worked with council officers and front line staff to design creative interactions that engage library users and other citizens in talking about their concerns, needs and desires relating to future libraries.

Libary Film Export from PCL Lab on Vimeo.