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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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1920’s Drummond Lathe offered for donation

ABTEM have been asked if they could help find a home for a Drummond ‘M’ type 3.5inch centre lathe.  It is a treadle lathe probably purchased in early 1920s.

It has been kept oiled and still turns and also has the tools that come with it along with it’s handbook and original receipt.

The lathe is being offered free of charge but would need to be collected from Colchester in Essex.

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please contact ABTEM Chairman Tim Bryan (tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk) 

DATE OF SCOTTISH TRANSPORT & INDUSTRIAL COLLECTIONS SSN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

The date of the STICK (Scottish Transport & Industrial Collections SSN) Annual Conference has been confirmed as 18 October 2014.

Titled ‘The Scottish Diaspora:International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People’ the conference will be held at the McManus Collections Unit, Dundee
Speakers & topics will include:

Mark Watson, Historic Scotland, ‘Dundee Jute and the French Connection’
Dr Douglas Harper, ‘Bridges in Nepal: The Aberdeenshire Connection’
John Martin, ‘The Brewing Archive, Scottish Brewing: International Links’
Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, ‘Glasgow Cranes: the Japanese Connection’
Meg Luckins, ‘Scottish Ironworking: the Russian Connection’

Refreshments, including a light lunch, will be served.
Ticket price: £12, payable on the day. Places must be booked in advance.
For further information contact: keeper@nationalminingmuseum.com
http://www.stickssn.org/
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Collections Trust holding “Going Digital” Conference on 17 November

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Going Digital Conference

[Update:  Delegate booking and sponsorship sales open for the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Conference. More info here  www.collectionstrust.org.uk/going-digital-conference. and for tickets going-digital-conference/delegate-booking )

  

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Part of the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Programme, this major one-day conference is specifically designed for those responsible for developing, managing and sharing museum collections with the public. It will help you build organisational resilience in your museums by improving the basic use of computers and the Internet.

The Going Digital Conference will be presented in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums at The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 17 November 2014. The event is supported by Arts Council England.

The conference programme is currently under development, and it will clearly identify the practical skills needed to “go digital”. Case Studies will show just how much can be achieved on a limited budget!

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SCIENCE MUSEUM JOURNAL LAUNCHED

The Science Museum Group has launched a new online journal that shares research from the four national museums in the group.

Articles within include an account of the significance of James Watt’s workshop (now displayed at the Science Museum, and a study of a 1960’s exhibition at South Kensington featuring the ‘Freedom 7’ Mercury spacecraft.

In his introduction, Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum writes:”At a time when scholarship seems under threat, we are strengthening our commitment to a deeper understanding of our world class collections, conservation challenges and the most successful ways of engaging the wider public with the history of science and the technological and scientific challenges facing modern society”.

The first issue is available to browse at: http://journal.sciencemuseum.org.uk/.