Steve Mills of Decision House will present his UK research on current trends in customer sentiment, and Claire Cheriyan from TfL City Planning will join Sam Mullins, IATM President and Laura Wright, Director of the Postal Museum, to discuss the context in which museum visiting will be relaunching.
The webinar will look at how our potential visitors feel about a return, how city centres have changed and how the way we work will change in the future.
The webinar can be found here. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the IATM website after the event.
Today the National Motor Museum is celebrating 60 years since the opening of the National Motor Museum’s Reference Library. To mark the occasion, a selection of films will be available to watch on the National Motor Museum’s YouTube channel, taking viewers behind the scenes of the library to reveal its remarkable history.
The Reference Library, originally called the National Road Transport Library, was officially opened in the kitchens of Palace House on 28th April 1961 by the late Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, who recognised the importance of providing a motoring library and archive service for historians, researchers and members of the public.
From its unlikely location in the kitchens of Palace House, the Montagu family home, the library expanded quickly, relocating to larger premises at Beaulieu’s John Montagu Building in 1972, then to its current location in the National Motor Museum Trust’s Collection Centre in 1989. Today, it occupies five rooms over two floors and contains over 300,000 items.
The Reference Library curators, Carina Taylor and Lindsay Whitaker-Guest, are looking forward to commemorating this invaluable resource. Lindsay said: “The 60th anniversary is definitely a proud moment for us as it shows how far the collection has come over the years”. Carina said: “Thanks to the expert knowledge of all its librarians, staff and volunteers, past and present, the service has become the place for information and advice whether you are a vehicle restorer, academic researcher or finding more about your family history”.
Like many places the library has had to close its doors due to the national lockdown restrictions. Once Government guidelines allow and it is safe to do so, the library hopes to reopen with new Covid-secure procedures and welcome back visitors again.
Here are details of a new post of Senior Curator (History) at Bristol:
The postholder based at M Shed and Blaise Museums will manage a team of history curators (currently three) caring for social, industrial, and maritime history collections relating especially to the past and, very importantly, the contemporary life of Bristolians.
In addition the Senior Curator will also oversee the operation of the ‘working exhibits’ in the City Docks – the Bristol Harbour Steam Railway, three historic boats, 4 electric cranes and 1 steam crane – managed through one of the curator posts and utilising an extensive volunteer force.
The Senior Curator will also work closely with the Bristol Archives team, especially regarding photographic and oral history collections.
Birmingham Museums Trust are currently working on a National Portfolio Organisation funded ‘Science Collection Research, Rationalisation and Redisplay’ project.
As part of this project the Trust have recently approved a small group of objects for disposal from their collection including a Cornish boiler, a steam turbine condenser, and an injection moulding machine.
Museums, heritage attractions and other groups have been battling to come to terms with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and many have launched very successful campaigns to raise much needed funds to help them survive in such uncertain times. If this was not enough some organisations have had even more challenges to overcome!
On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to all trains.
The worst of the landslips has occurred on a steep embankment near ‘High Bridge’. A geo-structural engineer has inspected the site and the railway has estimated that this damage may cost £100,000 to repair.
The significant damage to the line could not have come at worse time: a limited reopening of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway was planned in mid-September, after a lengthy closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has it’s income at a record low.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, in Shropshire, is one of the World’s most entrepreneurial independent museums and an international leader in the field of industrial heritage conservation & interpretation. In partnership with Historic England, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position:
INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SUPPORT OFFICER
Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2021, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
Industrial heritage is a key component of this country’s past and in this post you will be responsible for promoting industrial heritage conservation though networks and partnerships. The successful post-holder will continue to deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards for publicly accessible preserved industrial heritage sites. They will develop, support and embed regional Industrial Heritage Networks for those who own, manage and operate these sites that is sustainable beyond the life of the project. Potential funding options will also be considered to explore the development of the project beyond 31 March 2021. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, experience of setting up support networks and knowledge of appropriate funding streams.
Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.
Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date 9 December 5pm 2019.
To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at e-mail: email@example.com.
Please note that it is Museum’s policy not to accept CVs.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants with the appropriate skills and abilities will be guaranteed an interview if they have a disability.
The National Motor Museum Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history. It has a world famous collection of vehicles and associated motoring items, many of which are on display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
The board is looking to strengthen skills in the areas of stakeholder engagement, income generation and fundraising, museum and archives management, education and learning, financial management and reaching out to the historic motoring movement.
The Trust also welcomes applications from those who have the skills, time and interest but who prefer to become advisors or ambassadors for the Museum rather than formally take on trustee responsibilities.
We wish recruit trustees with expertise in museums, archives and education in order to strengthen our trustee board. This role would involve attending trustee meetings and providing support and advice to senior management.
For further information, or to set up an informal conversation, please email
National Museums NI (Ulster Transport Museum) are offering a number of cars for disposal to other Accredited museums. They include a 1972 VW Beetle, 1964 Fort Cortina and a 1949 Triumph Renown. The vehicles are offered free of charge but interested parties would be expected to arrange and pay for transportation. Further information can be provided on request.
Please contact – Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial, National Museums NI