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Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines – Draft now available for consultation

Consultation on Larger & Working Historic Objects Guidelines

ABTEM is please to announce that the draft of a new publication ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ is now available for comment. The document has been prepared on behalf of the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC). The guidelines cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new Guidelines will be available in January 2018 and will be widely publicised and promoted, including through a programme of seminars in February and March.

The Guidelines will replace Standards, first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission, that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994.

The project is supported by a £47,645 grant from the Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience funding stream.

Contact Efstathios Tsolis of IRHC (email tsolis@efstathios.co.uk) for a copy of the consultation document .

The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.

 

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VACANCY FOR MUSEUM MENTOR AT SANDTOFT

The leading independent museum for trolleybuses is seeking to replace their Museum Mentor who is due to retire from this role in late May 2017.  The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft holds the largest collection of historic trolleybuses in the world and has been Registered and subsequently Accredited for many years. It is run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, but also occasionally uses outside contractors, when necessary.

An operational Museum, rather than ‘glass case’ style, it attracts a number of unique challenges. Established in 1969, the Museum has been successfully expanding at a steady rate, but is now in the midst of a substantial development and expansion programme.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is well connected within the transport community and has several associations to other related Museums and organisations.  The museum is based in North Lincolnshire, close to the M180 and just 10 miles from Doncaster

Do you think you can assist the Museum?

We are looking for:

  • an experienced and dynamic museum professional who can both advise and support us in regard to museum professional standards
  • someone who would enjoy working alongside such an extensive and unique collection
  • a working knowledge of the Transport sector or industrial collections would be useful, but not essential.

Further details about the criteria for a Museum mentor can be located at:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/accreditation-scheme/support-and-advice

Please send your CV and a covering letter or email to:
Bruce Lake
Company Secretary
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft- (www.sandtoft.org.uk)

Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster,  DN8 5SX

Or:  BruceLake@sandtoft.org

If you would like to find out more or would prefer an informal chat beforehand please contact Bruce Lake on 07788 642799. Note not always immediately available by phone due to working in current public transport, so an initial email or text to set up a conversation would be appropriate.

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Larger & Working Objects Guidelines: Call For Interested Parties

cropped-cropped-thinktank.jpgABTEM has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them on its ongoing project to produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The Standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994, but after two decades of experience now need updating.

The project is supported by an award of £47,565 by Arts Council England in 2016 through their Museum Resilience funding stream that enables museums to become more sustainable.

We are looking for interested parties such as private collectors of transport, agricultural or industrial artefacts, national and regional museums with any large or working objects in their collections that would be able to feed into the process by either responding to questionnaires or submitting case studies that can illustrate the decision making process and conservation ethos of a particular treatment.

Selected case studies will be included in the new guidelines, available at the end of 2017. The guidelines will be widely publicised and promoted, including  a programme of seminars scheduled between October 2017 and March 2018.

For further information contact Efstathios Tsolis, Associate Consultant, email tsolis@efstathios.co.uk, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551

The main publications of Standards and Guidelines can be accessed online:

MGC 4 Standards in the museum care of larger and working objects

Larger & Working Objects – a guide to standards in their preservation and care

 

PROJECT CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITY

Following the completion of a Scoping project in 2015/6 and the award of further funding by Arts Council England, ABTEM now requires an experienced heritage Consultant(s) to develop guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working heritage items, including: stationary engines; industrial machinery; steam & motor road vehicles; aircraft; railway vehicles; ships; boats. A new document based on the now out-of-print and out-of date publications: ‘Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects’ (1994); MGC ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to their preservation and care’ (1997); and ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care’ (2009).

This project is supported by a grant from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. The maximum budget for this project is £25,000.The project will be completed by March 2018.

For a copy of the ITQ (Invitation to Quote), please contact Steph Gillett (Project Administrator) by email steph.abtem@gmail.com.

Deadline for receipt of quotations: 13 January 2017

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ABTEM AWARDED £47,645 in second round of Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that 94 museums and organisations will receive a total of £12,271,676 in the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund.  The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

We are really please to announce that the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has been awarded £47,645 and will use this investment to help support the preservation of historical collection across the country which tell the story of Britain’s important industrial and transport heritage. The grant will fund the production of a  new toolkit that will provide guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects. It will available as a free download with a hard copy option available via a print on demand service.  The toolkit will be an updated version of the MGC Standards in the Museum Care and Operation of Larger & Working Objects. Arts Council England funded a feasibility study undertaken by ABTEM in 2015 and this additional grant will enable the project to be completed by 2018.

The project will begin in October and more details will be available in due course.

Speaking about the fund, John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. The fund responds directly to the challenges facing museums like those in Lancashire and Kirklees, and also supports major strategic initiatives such as the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.”

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We have a world-leading museums sector that protects and preserves our history, while also attracting millions of visitors every year.

“We want our museums to continue to thrive and this important fund will help them become more resilient and sustainable in the years to come.”

The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major Partner Museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector.

In the last two rounds the Arts Council has awarded museums £30 million through the Museum Resilience Fund. A full list of successful applicants and further details can be found here.

 

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LEARNING MORE ABOUT NEW AUDIENCES

Delegates attending ABTEM’s late spring seminar at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday 28th were provided with a fascinating and inspiring day. Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a good insight into the process of researching and writing activity plans and weaving in community involvement to our projects. Claire Weston (National Motor Museum Trust) highlighted the work being done on the museum’s ‘Caravans and Charabancs’ First World War community project (http://www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/caravans_charabancs) and Sharon Brown outlined two community projects undertaken at the museum of Liverpool, the restoration of Liverpool Tramcar No.245 and the development exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks with the Retired Carters Association. Copies of presentations should be available in the next few months.

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The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now open for applications

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The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has just reopened for applications.

The fund was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. All fields of science and industry are eligible, including natural history, medicine, engineering and geology.

The maximum grant amount for projects is £20,000, with a match funding requirement of at least 10%. PRISM is open to museums, archives and charitable groups in England and Wales and supports a huge range of objects, including medical instruments, boats, steam engines, archives, trams, agricultural equipment and more.

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