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Manchester Museum Podcast

11 EpisodesProduced by Manchester MuseumWebsite

Ideas have the power to change the world, and curiosity can lead to action. Along with special guests, the Manchester Museum will be sharing an open and honest conversation that will inform, entertain and inspire. We want to reframe how museums care and take action to build understanding, empathy an… read more


"What is creative ageing?" with Dr Virginia Tandy OBE

What is creative ageing, and how can age friendly culture impact on our well being as we grow older?

Our guest on this episode of the Manchester Museum podcast is Dr Virginia Tandy OBE, the Director of a new national agency for Age and Creativity hosted by Manchester Museum and funded by the Baring Foundation.

CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency aims to reshape people’s views of ageing and overcome barriers to creative activity and opportunity. The organisation works to investigate the profound shifts needed to tackle ageism and support systemic change, as well as championing the cultural contribution of older people and the value of creativity, curiosity and imagination.

CADA connects with individuals and organisations in communities across England and beyond, who are developing and delivering arts and heritage programmes with, by and for older people, ensuring their views and voices are heard.

Virginia is joined in conversation today by Emma Horridge, a freelancer in Creative Ageing and cultural engagement who has led on work for the expansion of the age-friendly Culture Champion programme across Greater Manchester.

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Dr Virginia Tandy OBE is the Director of a new national agency for Age and Creativity hosted by Manchester Museum and funded by the Baring Foundation. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute for Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester. An independent arts and heritage consultant and qualified coach, she was the first Director of Culture for Manchester City Council (2008-2011) and the first female Director of Manchester City Galleries (1998-2008).

A trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund (2009-2015) and a former President of the Museums Association (2006-2008), she is the co-founder of the Women Leaders in Museums network and the founding chair of SHIFT. A member of the board of National Museums Liverpool, she sits on the Fabric Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral and is a trustee of the Granada Foundation. She is also the chair of Brighter Sound, a creative music charity, which is championing women in the industry.


Manchester Museum is on a mission to become the most imaginative, caring and inclusive museum in the world, and in this podcast we will share open and honest conversations with special guests, which will inform, entertain and inspire.

Through these conversations we hope to reframe what it means for museums to care, and explore how we can build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other.

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