In 2015, the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK) produced a Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men that is a key resource for museums throughout the UK. The Handbook resulted from a year long research project by Ed Watts, the Whitworth’s Engagement Manager. He and other Whitworth staff were trying to find a solution to the persistent problem of reaching and involving older men in museum programs. Watts’ research findings, especially case studies of successful programs around the UK, form part of the handbook, along with a section on practical tips for ways to work with older men in cultural settings. The handbook has relevance for museums beyond the UK that face the same problem of low participation by older men.
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