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At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com) for a copy of the consultation document .
The deadline for this consultation is Friday 29th September 2017.
Final details of ABTEM’s spring meeting to be held on 16th June at Wheal Martyn in Cornwall have been announced.
“Overexposure: Caring for Objects that have to stay Outside” will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after large objects and pieces of machinery that museums cannot keep under cover.
Speakers include: David Eveleigh, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Dave Morris, Fleet Air Arms Museum, Peter Bannister, Wheal Martyn and Kevin Baker from the King Edward Mine Camborne.
Helen Ashby from consultants IRHC will also give an update on our Arts Council-funded project to produce new guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects.
The event runs from 10.00 to 16.00 – places are limited to 40, so early booking is recommended.
For the full programme and to book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-overexposure-caring-for-objects-that-have-to-stay-outside-tickets-33816141991
The next ABTEM seminar will be held at the Wheal Martyn Museum, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, on Friday 16 June.
The seminar is titled ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ and will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after objects that sit outside museums
Full details and list of speakers will follow shortly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to network and exchange ideas and strategies, and to catch up on the progress with the Arts Council-funded revision of the Standards in the Museum Care of Larger and Working Objects project being undertaken by ABTEM and consultants IRHC.
The day will also include a Guided tour of Wheal Martyn.
Why not make a weekend of it?
Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!
An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections
Thursday 16th March 2017
Supported by Arts Council Museum Resilience funding, the British Motor Museum is running a study day for museum professionals and volunteers caring for industrial and transport collections. The course will cover issues around collecting, conservation and storage and is the first of a series of events run by the Museum.
The event is suitable for those new to the industrial and transport sector or those with limited experience of working with industrial and transport collections and will include practical exercises and discussion. The study day is a free event and runs from 10.30pm to 4.30pm at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire.
Refreshments will be provided and bursaries are also available for the event covering travel costs for delegates attending the event.
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as places for the study day are strictly limited.
To book a place, please contact:
Julie Tant, Resilience project coordinator
Tel: (01926) 927840
As part of a collections review Coventry Transport Museum have identified reserve items that could be offered to other museums on loan. Potential borrowers need to be aware that the item must go on public display and loans must be for a minimum period of 2 years up to maximum of 5 years.
The vehicles available include: Austin, Daimler, Hillman, Humber, Jaguar Morris, Riley Rover and Triumph cars and commercial vehicles.
For a full list and further details on specific vehicles (as condition does vary from vehicle to vehicle) please contact: Elisabeth Chard-Cooper, Coventry Transport Museum, 02476234282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org