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/.

 

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Disposal Toolkit Updated and Published by Arts Council England

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

OUR SPRING SEMINAR – A REMINDER!

There has already been great interest  in our spring event!

ABTEM  is holding a seminar exploring current developments in volunteering titled: “Volunteers in a Changing Environment” to be held at STEAM: Museum of the GWR, Swindon on Wednesday 30th April. Topics to be covered will include: change management, legal issues, valuing volunteers, recruitment, training, and health & safety.

We look forward to sharing a day of good practice for volunteers working in museums with transport and engineering collections.

Limited travel bursaries will be available for this meeting through Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network Funding – details of how to apply are available at:https://abtemssn.wordpress.com/abtem-travel-bursaries-3/

Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-volunteers-in-a-changing-environment-tickets-7913905705  to book a place at this FREE seminar

For further information please contact: events.abtem@gmail.com

PRISM FUND FOR 2014-2015 NOW OPEN

The  PRISM Fund 2014-15 is now open for applications.The fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine,  was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. 

Recent recipients of the fund include

–           The UCL Pathology Collection, who received a grant of almost £18K for the conservation of the Whittington Hospital Teaching Collection. The specimens that make up the Collection were gathered during post-mortem examinations, and are irreplaceable. Using PRISM funding, this important and previously undocumented collection of pathology samples, were conserved and re-housed, enabling the creation of physical and virtual teaching resources of macroscopic pathology specimens and matching slides.

–           CHAMP (Community Heritage Arts & Media Project) used a grant of £5,400 for the acquisition of a 1914 Elswick Hopper Motorcycle to be housed at Baysgarth House Museum. From the 1880’s until the late twentieth century Elswick Hopper of Barton upon Humber produced some of the most sought after cycles and motorcycles for distribution all over the world. This motorcycle represents the growth of a town through the local industry. It is rare to find an Elswick motorcycle which has survived in such excellent condition without major restoration work.

The PRISM Fund can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90% of the total project costs. More details can be found here.

For more information, please get in touch, or contact the Designation and Prism team onprism@artscouncil.org.uk

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/arts-council-prism-fund-now-open-applications/

ABTEM SPRING SEMINAR TARGETS VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT

At a time when museums are facing significant challenges and a difficult economic climate, the recruitment and retention of volunteers is vitally important for the sustainability of many organisations. ABTEM (Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums) is holding a seminar exploring current developments in volunteering titled: “Volunteers in a Changing Environment” to be held at STEAM: Museum of the GWR, Swindon on Wednesday 30th April. Topics to be covered will include: change management, legal issues, valuing volunteers, recruitment, training, and health & safety.

We look forward to sharing a day of good practice for volunteers working in museums with transport and engineering collections.

Limited travel bursaries will be available for this meeting through Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network Funding – details of how to apply are available at: https://abtemssn.wordpress.com/abtem-travel-bursaries-3/

Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-volunteers-in-a-changing-environment-tickets-7913905705  to book a place at this FREE seminar

 

For further information please contact: events.abtem@gmail.com

AIM announces £479K grants for National Heritage Landmarks

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Biffa Award has pledged £1.5m over three years to AIM for the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme. Annual awards are allocated to projects that help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

The Scheme will create a high profile network of interpretation and education projects across the UK that will showcase the far-reaching changes in industrial development that have shaped our nation’s history. Commenting on the latest round of awards, Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of the Advisory Panel, said: “The second round of this three-year award scheme, like the first, resulted in applications of the highest quality and has again demonstrated the significance of Britain’s outstanding industrial heritage. All four grants have been awarded to sites of national importance and will enable them to enhance access for the public and improve interpretation”.

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Hamleys in partnership with London Transport Museum

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AIM member, London Transport Museum hit the headlines last week for a partnership with famous London toy shop, Hamleys. The store has launched an interactive attraction based on the London Underground on the lower floor of its Regent Street store.

“We are delighted to be the only place in London where families can enjoy the experience of being in the driver’s cab of an underground train, making a trip to Hamleys all the more exciting,” says Ralph Cunningham, retail and brand director of Hamleys. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the London Transport Museum.”

The new attraction includes an interactive tube station area and a 1970s train driver’s cab, thanks to the partnership with London Transport Museum. It also has other transport games, a Nerf tunnel target board and in-store entertainment.

Read more at Attractions Management.

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