The Headley Fellowships are part of an ongoing initiative by the Art Fund to encourage the development of UK collections expertise, and are intended to give curators – especially those based in smaller or regional museums – the time and resource to work with focused areas of their collections, deepening expertise within their museum and sharing specialist knowledge both with the public and across the sector.
The programme is open to mid-career and senior curators, and those with curatorial responsibility, and practically will give curators time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to embark on a bespoke period of research and development. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund aim to encourage the production of ambitious and high-quality museum projects which have collections at their core, while investing in museums across the UK and their curators, helping them to realise exceptional ideas for communicating with a spectrum of audiences.
Full details on the aims and scope of the scheme can be found at https://www.artfund.org/headley.
Applications are open now with a deadline of 15 October.
The British Motor Museum is organising a free seminar 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 see what it has achieved since 2015.
Inlcuding 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!
Places can still be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2
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.
The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm
To book a place, please visit:
Deadline for final bookings: Thursday 16th June
For further information about the event, please contact Andy King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
News from the Museums Association:
Being able to access mentoring wherever you are in your career, however you contribute to the sector and whatever your aspirations.
Applications are now being sought for the pilot of Mentoring for All. The closing date is 10:00 am 24 April 2017.
If you want an opportunity for challenge, reflection and personal and professional growth visit the MA website to find out more or participate in the scheduled Twitter chats on the 11 and 18 April between 13:00 – 14:00. #MentoringForAll
For more information, please contact Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, MA – Tamsin@museumsassociation.org
News of two training workshops being run by Jisc on the 3rd and 16th May.
Learn how to increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate the usage and impact of the assets they contain.
The workshops will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:
- Increase visibility of your digital collections for use in learning, teaching and research
- Encourage collaboration between curators and users of digital collections
- Strategically promote your digital collections in appropriate contexts, for a range of audiences
- Optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools
- Use web analytics to track and monitor access and usage of your digital collections
- Evaluate impact and realise the benefits of investment in your digital collections
If your organisation has digital collections, or plans to develop them, our programme will help you maximise the reach of those collections on the web, demonstrate the impact of their usage and help you build for future sustainability.
The courses are aimed at anyone working in education and research, who manages, supports and/or promotes digital collections for teaching, learning and research. Those working in similar roles in libraries, archives and museums would also benefit.
The programme is focused on local digital collections that belong directly to the institution including digital archives and institutional repositories, rather than bought in resources such as commercial e-journal or e-book collections.
More details are available from: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/training/making-your-digital-collections-easier-to-discover
Scrap Metal and How to Avoid it!
An Introduction to Caring for Industrial and Transport Collections
Thursday 16th March 2017
Supported by Arts Council Museum Resilience funding, the British Motor Museum is running a study day for museum professionals and volunteers caring for industrial and transport collections. The course will cover issues around collecting, conservation and storage and is the first of a series of events run by the Museum.
The event is suitable for those new to the industrial and transport sector or those with limited experience of working with industrial and transport collections and will include practical exercises and discussion. The study day is a free event and runs from 10.30pm to 4.30pm at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire.
Refreshments will be provided and bursaries are also available for the event covering travel costs for delegates attending the event.
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as places for the study day are strictly limited.
To book a place, please contact:
Julie Tant, Resilience project coordinator
Tel: (01926) 927840
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.
Return to Nick Sturgess and Rebecca Lucas email@example.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