Category Archives: Arts Council

Research Project: Does Accreditation Matter?

Sarah Chard-Cooper is working on a MA dissertation looking at the impact of the loss of the accreditation standard award for museums.  With cuts from central government, funding for councils in general and museums in particular is decreasing and new ways of finding the money to deliver their work are having to be found.  Several councils and university governing bodies in the last decade have looked at their heritage collections to help fill the holes in their budgets.

At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation.  However there has been no study to see what impact this loss has on a museum.  Sarah’s dissertation will look at the history of accreditation and, through questionnaires, will gauge the opinion of museum professionals on the scheme as a whole and on what difference it makes to them whether a museum has lost their accreditation or not.

Sarah has produced a short survey, accessible at: https://surveyhero.com/c/96680442/2b016ccb6a7bd253 and would be grateful for feedback.

Further information is available at: shcc1=student.le.ac.uk@surveyheromail.com

 

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Interpreting Horse-Drawn Carriages in Museum Collections – New Guidance

Horse-drawn carriages are found in museum collections across the country. As moving objects in static displays they are often difficult to interpret. This new guide brings together best practice in the interpretation of carriages to help museums bring them to life.

The new guide was written by museum interpretation consultant Steve Slack, in collaboration with professionals from across the museum sector working with carriage collections. More information can be found at a new website that provides further information and resources.

This guide was commissioned by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage and funded by Arts Council England and complements ABTEM’s newly published Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger & Working Historic Objects. 

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LAST CHANCE TO BOOK FOR FREE EVENT AT BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM!

The British Motor Museum is organising a free seminar on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and see what it has achieved since 2015.
Inlcuding a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
Places can still be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2
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Museum of English Rural Life consultation on Intangible Cultural Heritage

 The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, is coordinating a project called Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible. Funded by Arts Council England it explores the potential of intangible cultural heritage and creative and digital practice to improve research and understanding of our collections and to extend engagement. As part of the project MERL are developing a ‘toolkit’ to help museums and heritage organisations use the combination of intangible cultural heritage ideas and visual arts and other creative practices to engage and enrich the lives of new audiences.

There are many ways of understanding and interpreting the term ‘intangible cultural heritage’. UNESCO defines ICH as ‘the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills – including the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them – that communities, groups and individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.’

To help develop this toolkit MERL would like the input from as many museums as possible. ICH ideas are relevant to all museums, and not just those with social history or ethnographic collections and have developed an online survey . The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes at the end of February 2018.

The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PGGQJKB

ABTEM GUIDELINES FOR LARGER & WORKING HISTORIC OBJECTS LAUNCH EVENTS ANNOUNCED!

ABTEM is pleased to announce that its project to revise and update the old MGC Standards for the Care of Larger & Working Objects is almost complete!

The new ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ is due to be published on 15th February 2018 and will be available online from that date, with a hard copy option available from the Collections Trust. Further details of how to access the new Guidelines will be published shortly.

In the meantime, two regional events are being held to launch the Guidelines to the sector at the Aerospace Bristol Museum 22 February and Kelham Island Museum Sheffield (20 March)

More information and booking details are available at:

22 February – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42240795356

20 March – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42238404204

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Free Event Focussing on Participation and Engagement in Museums

The British Motor Museum is organising a free event on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and  what it has achieved since 2015.
Beginning with a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
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For further information please contact julie.tant@british motormuseum.co.uk
To book a place, visit:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2

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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