‘Profusion in Museums’ is a new report produced by ‘Heritage Futures’ a collaborative research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and supported by four host universities.
The thought-provoking report draws on a collecting and disposal survey undertaken in June of this year, and the results of a knowledge exchange seminar held at the National Railway Museum in September 2018.
The report can be downloaded at https://heritage-futures.org/profusion-in-museums-report/
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At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation.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
The Haynes International Motor Museum are offering a 1953 Bristol KSW6B Lowbridge bus for disposal through sale by tender:
First introduced in 1950 the KSW was developed from the ‘K’ chassis, with the other letters representing ‘S’ for short and ‘W’ for wide, to meet the newly permitted dimensions of 27′ x 8′. Its design incorporated a sunken aisle to one side of the upper deck in order to reduce its overall height, thus giving it the ‘Lowbridge’ name. Bristol and Gardner engines were available and classified as KSW6B and KSW6G respectively. Production commenced in 1950 and continued until 1957 by which time the revolutionary Bristol Lodekka made the design obsolete. This example was purchased new by Southern National and operated by them throughout its life. Only tenders from museums or relevant heritage groups will be considered.
For more information about the tender process, additional images or to arrange a viewing of the vehicle please contact Darren Hammond, Collections Director at email@example.com or call 01963 442781.
Closing date for enquiries: 31 August 2017
An update of the Disposal Toolkit originally published by the Museums Association in 2008 has been produced by the UK Accreditation partnership which includes the MA, Arts Council England, CyMAL: a division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council.
The revised document includes guidance on the current and increasingly important issue of financially motivated disposals.
See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections-guidance/#sthash.c3ES5eMq.dpuf