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One Week to our Spring Seminar!

There is still time to book a place for our spring meeting ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’!

Our meeting, being held at Wheal Martyn Museum in Cornwall on Friday 16th June will have as its focus, the trails and tribulations of looking after museum exhibits that have to stay outside, and the issues in caring for and conserving them.

There is an interesting mix of speakers and there will be the chance to tour the museum.

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The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm

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

Deadline for final bookings: Thursday 16th June

For further information about the event, please contact Andy King (andy.king@bristol.gov.uk)

TWO WEEKS TO OUR LATE SPRING SEMINAR!

If you’ve not booked a place on our Spring seminar  ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ there is still time!

Our meeting, being held at Wheal Martyn Museum in Cornwall on Friday 16th June will have as its focus, the trails and tribulations of looking after museum exhibits that have to stay outside, and the issues in caring for and conserving them.

There is an interesting mix of speakers and there will be the chance to tour the museum.

arial-wheal-martyn-china-clay-museum-cornwall

The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm

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

For further information about the event, pleasecontact Andy King (andy.king@bristol.gov.uk)

 

 

FINAL PROGRAMME FOR ABTEM SPRING SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

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

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BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM MOTOR INDUSTRY SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCED

News of a symposium being run by the British Motor Museum on Saturday 25th March titled The British motor industry; what is the road ahead? 

Appealing to anyone who has a passion for motoring, this day of short lectures will draw on Britain’s motoring history to address topics including; how advances in vehicle technologies will shape the future of manufacturing, how the profile of car ownership will change in the coming years and how media exerts an increasing influence over the selection and design of vehicles.

Delegates will hear from a selection of high profile and influential speakers including; Professor David Morris, Dr. Jason Begley, Sir Greg Knight PC, MP, Professor David Greenwood and Steve Cropley as they present a world view of the automotive industry and share opinions on how the United Kingdom will be influenced by new trends and whether British motoring has a future and how it might appear.

The Museum is offering you a special discounted price of £18 per person on advance booking using the code ‘ABTEM17’ to all ABTEM members. All tickets include lunch, refreshments and time to explore the Museum.

To book a place, please visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk  or to find out more information a please contact museum@britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 927823 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

 

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Great Response to ABTEM Autumn Seminar!

Over 70 people attended our autumn event held at the Dana Centre at the Science Museum in London.

Titled the ‘Death of the Machine’, the meeting debated some of the issues surrounding the continuing success of museums with collections of machinery and how they might be sustained in the future.

As well as thought-provoking presentations from Oliver Green, Ben Russell, Laura Musgrave and Daniel Martin, there was also a lively debate discussing some of the issues raised in the meeting!

Thanks are due to the Science Museum for their support and to Lee Hutchinson for his help in organising the event.

ABTEM are also supporting another seminar at the National Waterways Museum on the 7th December – details to be posted shortly!

 

 

 

The Death of the Machine? Book Now for the ABTEM Autumn Seminar

THE DEATH OF THE MACHINE?  What future for machines in museum collections?

Thursday 3rd November: Dana Centre, Science Museum London

Our Autumn Meeting will look at the current status of industrial machinery in UK museums and ask whether the long-term sustainability of machinery collections could or indeed should be ensured.

The UK’s remaining industrial collections are faced with significant threats to their survival, and these show little sign of abating. Current challenges include:

Ongoing funding cuts, the demise of industrial-collection-specialist curators and conservators, nationwide deindustrialisation and the rapid growth in automation, and education curriculums offering fewer opportunities to learn about industrial machinery.

Will the rise of what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where emerging technologies begin to blur the lines between the physical and digital realms, cast a shadow over the machines of former industrial ages, and send industrial collections further into obscurity, or can museums embrace the technological revolution to revive and enhance interest in machines that revolutionized the 18th and 19th centuries?

What’s more, should they? With a decline in industrial collecting opportunities and a growing movement for community-driven museums, might there be a case for mothballing machinery collections and focussing on user participation – with increased access initiatives in the form of working-exhibit rides and demonstrations, and tours and activities behind the scenes?

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting

Provisional Programme

10:00 – Registration, tea, coffee and biscuits

10:45 – Introduction – Jack Kirby (Head of Collections, Science Museum)

11:00 – Tim Bryan (Chair, ABTEM)

‘ABTEM’s Larger and Working Objects Project’

11:30 – Oliver Green, (freelance, former Head Curator, London Transport Museum)

‘Thoughts on the future for industrial & transport museums’

12:00 – Ben Russell (Curator of Mechanical Engineering, Science Museum)

‘The Raid on Raglan: the commemorative role of machines in museums’

12:45 – Lunch

1:45 – Laura Musgrave (former Engagement Officer, Coventry Transport Museum)

‘The redevelopment of Coventry Transport Museum – how people’s stories took centre stage’

2:00 – Daniel Martin (Curator, Museum of Making, Derby)

‘Taking a co-productive approach at the Museum of Making’

2:15 – Open discussion and debate with speakers

3:15 – Tea/coffee/biscuits

3:45 – ABTEM AGM

4:15 – End

To book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-autumn-seminar-the-death-of-the-machine-tickets-28451149153

 

 

STILL TIME TO BOOK ON OUR ARCHIVE SEMINAR!

A reminder that our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ will be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so if you are still interested in booking a place, please visit the Eventbrite web site!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.