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Science Museum Group Research Conference 2019: The Place of Industry – Call for Papers

The 2019 Science Museum Group Research Conference will take place 4-5 November 2019, at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.  Here, on an internationally significant industrial heritage site, in the world’s first industrial city, we will emphasise the place of industry. The conference seeks to showcase research from across the Science Museum Group, partners, and collaborators and to broaden the participants in – and audience for – that research. Alongside the overarching theme, the conference gathers together new thinking that resonates with the collections and practices of the Science Museum Group and draws out emerging work from our research community.

This year we particularly welcome offers of papers, panels, case studies, screenings and performances on the following topics:

  • Place-based approaches to science and industry. From the coffee house to the technical school, from bricks and mortar to regional strategies.  What does a focus on place and space bring to our understanding of science and industry?
  • Interfaces and juxtapositions of industry with other disciplines and frames. From applying a science, technology, engineering and maths lens to industry to making space for artists and creative practitioners to extend industry’s meaning.  What potentials are there in pushing and exploring the boundaries of industry?
  • The proximity of industry. From the haptic perception of technologies to the sensory qualities of industrial cities and spaces.  How does industry being close-at-hand alter human experience? And how does experience design respond to industrial spaces?

If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch with Abi Wilson Abigail.wilson@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Your proposal should include the following information:

  • Proposed format of your contribution (presentation, performance, panel etc)
  • Working title
  • Abstract– at this stage a brief paragraph is fine
  • Name(s) of speaker / contributors
  • Home institution.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 28 June 2019.

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Still time to book for the European Conference for Automotive History!

The second European conference for automotive history, is to be held at the Louwman Museum, Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB Den Haag, The Netherlands, from 29 to 31 March 2019.

After the success of the first Conference held at the Cité de l‘Automobile in Mulhouse, France, in 2017, the Louwman Museum generously offered to act as host for the next conference.

The programme features presentations on a wide range of topics from automotive historians, both in Europe, and in the USA.

More details are available below:

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2018 Museums Association Conference – programme announced

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2018

8-10 November, Belfast

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme of Belfast 2018 is Dissent: Inspiring Hope, Embracing Change – having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society. And what better place to do this than Belfast. We highlight the role museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

This year’s event is packed with content and delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally.

Keynote speakers include Rita Ann Higgins, award-winning Irish poet and playwright and Laura Raicovich, US-based writer and artworker. Directors in Conversation session will feature Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland; Hilary McGrady, director-general, National Trust; Kathryn Thomson, chief executive officer and director, National Museums Northern Ireland; and Kim Streets, chief executive, Museums Sheffield. Other sessions cover topics such as co-curation, activism, curating conflict, diversity, equality, protest, Brexit, soft power, and the future of collections.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see Belfast City Hall, Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline. Look out for the Festival of Change which is a series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all dealing with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries across Northern Ireland and Dublin. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price. The programme includes cultural and political tours in Belfast, Downpatrick, Dublin and Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 20 August 2018. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

The Museums Association is partnering with Flybe to offer discount flights to attendees at this year’s conference and exhibition in Belfast. Book directly on www.flybe.com before 20 August 2018 and receive a discount of 20% off the “Just Fly” fare using the promotional Code: fly2mac.

UK to host World Forum for Motor Museums event

The programme has been announced for the 2018 World Forum for Motor Museums which is being held at the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum between 3rd and 7th September.

More than 25 speakers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and the UK will be sharing their knowledge and expertise in a programme packed with content covering everything from income generation to vehicle conservation and much else. The four themes of resilience and sustainability, collections, engaging audiences and motor museums for the 21st century are illustrated with presentations and debate.

Full details of the programme are now available at wfmm2018.org including information about conference hotels and how to book a place.

The deadline for the ‘Early Bird’ rate for delegate fees  has been extended by one week to 6th July – details on the wfmm2018.org web site.

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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

Museums Association Conference programme announced

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017

16-18 November, Manchester

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

This year’s event to be held in Manchester is packed with content – including three fantastic themes on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster, Francesca Martinez, comedian and writer, Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and Jenny Waldman, director, 14-18 NOW.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and network at People’s History Museum.

Look out for the Festival of Change, which offers a playful, creative physical presence throughout this year’s event, embodying the mission of Transformers, our workforce initiative to encourage radical change in museums.

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Manchester with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 16 August 2017. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

 

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SHCG Annual conference 2017: ‘Changing tides’- Call for Papers

SHCG Annual conference 2017: ‘Changing tides’

Reading Museum, Reading Town Hall, The University of Reading and The Museum of English Rural Life

29th and 30th June 2017

2016 has been a monumental year for the world as a whole and the effects of its events on museums are likely to be wide-ranging in their consequences. The vote for Brexit and the moves to both the left and the right of the political spectrum across the world will all have a significant effect on visitors, museums and how we adapt to stay relevant in the future.

Call for papers

Call for contributions, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions and other presentations on the theme of:

 Museums and Cultural Identity in a post-2016 landscape

This year we’re looking for any presentation, talk or concept that relates to the topics outlined in the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. The more thought provoking, unusual, practical and insightful the better.

If you have an idea that you think might be appropriate for this conference, then please submit it as we’ll read and review every application. We believe that insights into how others are working, their successes, their failure and their practices can be of benefit to many others within the wider museum and cultural community.

Contributors are invited to offer perspectives from local, national, international or global context. Contributions that are presented in an a different, interactive or discussion, way will be happily accepted and we keen to accept more contributions that are seen as showing ‘out of the box’ thinking and allow delegates to reflect and think about Social History Curation and its future.

Important dates

Return to Nick Sturgess and Rebecca Lucas conferenceshcg@gmail.com by 25th February 2017. If you have an idea which you’d like to talk through with us before submitting your proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

All applicants will be notified by the 4th March 2017