The Big Stuff 2022 conference will be hosted in Seixal in Portugal (near Lisbon) and online, with a focus on the Seixal Ecomuseum (Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal) and the amazing Vale de Milhaços Gunpowder Factory .
Big Stuff are currently calling for abstracts on the theme “Working together? Conservation and safeguarding of industrial and technology heritage”.
Abstracts are invited that address the safeguarding and conservation of industrial and technological heritage from different perspectives, such as:
i) In-situ industrial heritage conservation processes; ii) Experiences and methodologies for operational conservation of industrial objects; iii) Agents and processes for safeguarding and conservation; iv) Training of professionals in conservation of industrial and technological heritage.
The Brooklands Museum are now recruiting for the new role of Heritage Engineering Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, care and preservation of Brooklands Museum’s historic aviation, vehicle and large mechanical objects through a range of activities that include their inspection, conservation, handling and movement.
The Heritage Engineering Manager will be responsible for the planning and delivery of key projects. These will range from routine maintenance of the museum’s historic car and motorcycle collection to the development and co-ordination of preservation works on our aircraft. The postholder will work closely with volunteers, providing direction and ensuring all activities are carried out to the highest possible standard. The Heritage Engineering Manager will also play a vital role in the live running of key historic vehicles and aircraft, used to bring the site to life in a safe and enjoyable way for visitors to Brooklands.
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.
The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum that tells the story of the RAF through its people and collections.
The Conservation Manager role is an exciting new opportunity to lead a dedicated team within the Museum’s Collections Services department. This team will play a leading role in the continuing transformation of the RAF Museum as it marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
The post holder will manage the development and delivery of conservation projects and facilities at the Museum’s London site. In support of the Museum’s collections development and exhibition programmes they will manage a range of activities to ensure the preservation of collections whilst promoting wider public access to the RAF story and greater volunteer engagement.
A relevant conservation or engineering qualification or demonstrable experience in managing and preserving aircraft or other large industrial objects within a heritage, commercial or military environment are essential. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of conservation or engineering standards.
The post will be based in Colindale, NW London. Some weekend and evening working and travel between Museum sites and to other institutions in the UK and overseas will be necessary.
Aerospace Bristol opened to the public in October 2017 and aims to inspire, entertain and inform through engagement with the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. It is also home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its birthplace in Filton.
The new post is an exciting opportunity for a skilled objects conservator or engineer with proven knowledge of the principles of museum conservation. The Conservation Manager will have the skills to manage and supervise the conservation of the object collections, with the ability to undertake practical conservation. Adherence to Health & Safety regulations at all times is critical to this role.
The post-holder will be a highly experienced manager, responsible for meeting museum standards and the effective supervision/management of a dedicated team of volunteers and will be responsible for all object conservation programmes, including the Bristol Bolingbroke, which has been a restoration project previously managed by a volunteer team, and the Bristol Freighter. The Bristol Freighter is newly-arrived from New Zealand and is awaiting a full conservation assessment prior to any work commencing.
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.
A vacancy at National Museums Liverpool is currently being advertised for the post of Conservator (Urban Land Transport & Engineering) working as part of the Shipkeeping and Engineering team at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
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: