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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the consultation document .
The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.
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:
Please send your CV and a covering letter or email to:
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft- (www.sandtoft.org.uk)
Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX
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.
ABTEM 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 email@example.com, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551
The main publications of Standards and Guidelines can be accessed online: