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International Association of Transport and Communications Museums Webinar

Today, the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums are hosting a webinar titled ‘How are our visitors and working practices changing post-Covid?’.

Steve Mills of Decision House will present his UK research on current trends in customer sentiment, and Claire Cheriyan from TfL City Planning will join Sam Mullins, IATM President and Laura Wright, Director of the Postal Museum, to discuss the context in which museum visiting will be relaunching.

The webinar will look at how our potential visitors feel about a return, how city centres have changed and how the way we work will change in the future.

The webinar can be found here. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the IATM website after the event.

The National Motor Museum Trust Reference Library Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Today the National Motor Museum is celebrating 60 years since the opening of the National Motor Museum’s Reference Library. To mark the occasion, a selection of films will be available to watch on the National Motor Museum’s YouTube channel, taking viewers behind the scenes of the library to reveal its remarkable history.

Reference Library opening party outside Palace House, 1961 (c) National Motor Museum Trust.

The Reference Library, originally called the National Road Transport Library, was officially opened in the kitchens of Palace House on 28th April 1961 by the late Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, who recognised the importance of providing a motoring library and archive service for historians, researchers and members of the public.

From its unlikely location in the kitchens of Palace House, the Montagu family home, the library expanded quickly, relocating to larger premises at Beaulieu’s John Montagu Building in 1972, then to its current location in the National Motor Museum Trust’s Collection Centre in 1989. Today, it occupies five rooms over two floors and contains over 300,000 items.

The Reference Library curators, Carina Taylor and Lindsay Whitaker-Guest, are looking forward to commemorating this invaluable resource. Lindsay said: “The 60th anniversary is definitely a proud moment for us as it shows how far the collection has come over the years”. Carina said: “Thanks to the expert knowledge of all its librarians, staff and volunteers, past and present, the service has become the place for information and advice whether you are a vehicle restorer, academic researcher or finding more about your family history”.

Like many places the library has had to close its doors due to
the national lockdown restrictions. Once Government guidelines allow and it is safe to do so, the library hopes to reopen with new Covid-secure procedures and welcome back visitors again.

Consultation Open for Historic England’s Industrial Heritage Strategy Draft

Historic England have produced an Industrial Heritage Strategy draft which is currently open for consultation here.

Historic England state:

“Responses to this draft Industrial Heritage Strategy are welcome particularly responses to the following:

  • Comments on the identified priorities;
  • Suggestions on any significant gaps or omissions in coverage;
  • For those responding on behalf of external bodies or organisations to suggest how they might be able to work with us in its delivery. “

 The guidance is open for three months and will close on Monday 7th June 2021.

SENIOR CURATOR (HISTORY) VACANCY – BRISTOL MUSEUMS

Here are details of a new post of Senior Curator (History) at Bristol:

The postholder based at M Shed and Blaise Museums will manage a team of history curators (currently three) caring for social, industrial, and maritime history collections relating especially to the past and, very importantly, the contemporary life of Bristolians.

In addition the Senior Curator will also oversee the operation of the ‘working exhibits’ in the City Docks – the Bristol Harbour Steam Railway, three historic boats, 4 electric cranes and 1 steam crane – managed through one of the curator posts and utilising an extensive volunteer force.

The Senior Curator will also work closely with the Bristol Archives team, especially regarding photographic and oral history collections.

More information is available at:

ITEMS FOR DISPOSAL

Birmingham Museums Trust are currently working on a National Portfolio Organisation funded ‘Science Collection Research, Rationalisation and Redisplay’ project.

As part of this project the Trust have recently approved a small group of objects for disposal from their collection including a Cornish boiler, a steam turbine condenser, and an injection moulding machine.

Full details can be found advertised on the Museums Association ‘Find an Object’ service. https://www.museumsassociation.org/find-an-object/object-detail/?id=209942a4-6d5a-eb11-8fed-00155d027ea6

If anybody has any questions about any of the objects, they are very welcome to contact the project’s Research Assistant Felicity McWilliams directly at: Felicity.McWilliams@birminghammuseums.org.uk.

Vacancy for Industrial Heritage Support Officer Post

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, in Shropshire, is one of the World’s most entrepreneurial independent museums and an international leader in the field of industrial heritage conservation & interpretation. In partnership with Historic England, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position:

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SUPPORT OFFICER

Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2021, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

Industrial heritage is a key component of this country’s past and in this post you will be responsible for promoting industrial heritage conservation though networks and partnerships. The successful post-holder will continue to deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards for publicly accessible preserved industrial heritage sites. They will develop, support and embed regional Industrial Heritage Networks for those who own, manage and operate these sites that is sustainable beyond the life of the project. Potential funding options will also be considered to explore the development of the project beyond 31 March 2021. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, experience of setting up support networks and knowledge of appropriate funding streams.

Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.

Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date 9 December 5pm 2019.

To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at e-mail: recruitment@ironbridge.org.uk.

Please note that it is Museum’s policy not to accept CVs.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants with the appropriate skills and abilities will be guaranteed an interview if they have a disability.

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ Tel: 01952 435900 http://www.ironbridge.org.uk

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National Motor Museum seeks new Trustees

TRUSTEES (volunteer role)

The National Motor Museum Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history. It has a world famous collection of vehicles and associated motoring items, many of which are on display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

The board is looking to strengthen skills in the areas of stakeholder engagement, income generation and fundraising, museum and archives management, education and learning, financial management and reaching out to the historic motoring movement.

The Trust also welcomes applications from those who have the skills, time and interest but who prefer to become advisors or ambassadors for the Museum rather than formally take on trustee responsibilities.

We wish recruit trustees with expertise in museums, archives and education in order to strengthen our trustee board. This role would involve attending trustee meetings and providing support and advice to senior management.

For further information, or to set up an informal conversation, please email

Anna-Marie.O’Connor@beaulieu.co.uk

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Cars for Disposal from Ulster Transport Museum

National Museums NI (Ulster Transport Museum) are offering a number of cars for disposal to other Accredited museums. They include a 1972 VW Beetle, 1964 Fort Cortina and a 1949 Triumph Renown. The vehicles are offered free of charge but interested parties would be expected to arrange and pay for transportation. Further information can be provided on request.

Please contact – Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial, National Museums NI

028 9039 5161

Hannah.crowdy@nmni.com

The full list is:

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Details of Joint ABTEM/SHCG Seminar Announced!

When It’s Gone, It’s Gone – Keeping Knowledge Safe

ABTEM’s next seminar will be a joint ABTEM and SHCG event held at the National Railway Museum, York on 11th October 2019

What happens to their knowledge when long-serving staff and volunteers leave? How do institutions plan for succession? How do we cope with fewer people with specialist knowledge?

This day seminar aims to address these issues and give an opportunity for sharing strategies and projects. Confirmed speakers include Steph Mastoris on SHCG’s firstBase project and Dr Laura Humphreys on harvesting information from curators at the Science Museum.

The seminar will cost £12 (excluding lunch) and there will be opportunity to look around the NRM.

To book, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-its-gone-its-gone-keeping-knowledge-safe-a-joint-abtemshcg-seminar-tickets-71039540177?aff=affiliate1

 

Heritage Railways and Coal Report Published

A though-provoking and important report has been issues by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail. The heritage railway movement faces significant challenges in future as a result of the government’s 2019 clean air strategy which proposes measures to reduce emissions from transport and the restriction of domestic coal and wood burning by 2022. In addition, the ending of coal-fired power generation is also likely to see UK opencast coal production dramatically reduced, making the supply of high quality coal for steam locomotives more problematic.

The report can be downloaded here:Coal Report

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