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Focus Groups

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We are looking for participants for Focus Groups to help us improve the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, to ensure that the work of the museum is relevant, engaging and respectful to all.

Each focus group will have 4 meetings across a year, including a short introductory session, where you will be able to meet the Focus Group leader and other participants, and visit the museum. You will be given an Annual Pass for a year, so you will be able to visit, free of charge, whenever you would like. Each group will have between 6 and 10 members, and by offering to join a focus group, you are committing to being able to attend meetings for 1 year. The proposed dates of the meetings can be found below.

Before filling out an application form, please read the descriptions of the 3 different focus groups and what they aim to achieve. Please be aware that filling in an application form does not guarantee a place on the focus group. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and throughout our selection process, we will be committed to having focus groups that are made up of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Closing date for Applications is Sunday 4 February 2024, and we will be in touch following this date to inform you whether you have been successful.

Equality and Diversity Focus Group

This focus group will be used to inform the Museum’s offer, displays, collections, programming and interpretation, as well as its policies and practices to ensure it reflects our diverse communities and their interests and views.


Introduction and Welcome: Thursday 29 February, 3-4pm

Thursday 25 April 2024, 5.30pm-7pm

Thursday 1 August 2024, 5.30pm-7pm

Thursday 7 November 2024, 5.30pm-7pm

Access Focus Group

This focus group aims to work with people who have different access needs to ensure that the museum is accessible to as many people as possible.


Introduction and Welcome: Wednesday 6 March 3-4pm

Monday 3 June 2024, 2pm-4pm

Monday 16 September 2024, 2pm-4pm

Monday 2 December 2024, 2pm-4pm

Visitor Experience Focus Group

This focus group is to gain feedback and advice on the general visitor experience of visiting the museum, gardens, café and shop, to ensure it is the best it can be.


Introduction and Welcome: Wednesday 13 March 3-4pm

Thursday 30 May 2024, 5.30pm-7.00pm

Thursday 5 September 2024, 5.30pm-7.00pm

Thursday 28 November 2024, 5.30pm-7.00pm

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*if you would like the application form in an alternative format, please contact the museum on 01202 128000 or email russellcotes@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Terms of Reference

Focus group members will be respectful of the views of others.

The Russell-Cotes welcomes the views of the Focus Groups and will endeavor to take them on board, however its decisions and activities will always have to take into consideration other priorities and limitations of staffing, budget and other resources, as well as the conservation of the museum and its collection.

The Russell-Cotes will always explain its decisions and seek dialogue and mutual agreement.

Members will be entitled to receive travel expenses and reasonable caring costs if requested.

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