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Everyone’s a critic

Lay out your collections and take a tour. Leave comments to praise and improve each other's work.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Collections

Constructing the critique

  1. The week before the meeting, ask the group to bring in a collection they are making at the moment, or some objects they would like to make into a collection.
  2. Give the collectors 10 minutes to lay out their collections and think about their objects:
    • Do they tell a story?
    • Should they be in order?
    • How can they be grouped?
    • Do they need to be labelled?
  1. Next to each collection, leave two sheets of paper marked ‘win’ and ‘improve’.

Revolving reviews

  1. Split into pairs. If you there’s an odd number of participants, you could introduce a leader’s collection, or create a group of three.
  2. In pairs, rotate the collections, spending two minutes looking at each collection and thinking about:
    • What do you like about the way it has been laid out?
    • What objects stand out or represent the theme of the collection?
    • How could the layout be changed to make it better?
  1. Make a note of your thoughts on the pieces of paper at each base and move onto the next one. For ‘win’, comment on things about the collection that you found interesting or liked. For ‘improve’, comment on things that you maybe didn’t understand or that you think would make the display better.
  2. By the time you have done a full rotation of the room, you should have lots of comments on your own collection, and have left lots of feedback on the other collections.

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How to play


This activity required the groups’ collections to speak for themselves, without you – the curators – there to explain them. Did the collections make sense? How did the feedback make you feel?


Make sure to remind everyone to be very careful of each other's collections and not to touch anything unless told they can.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.