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
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
Details of a new vacancy:
National Motor Museum Trust
37.5 hours per week
The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu is a charitable organisation dedicated to engaging and inspiring people with the story of motoring through world class collections. There are over 250 vehicles and extensive object, photographic, archive and library collections, all of which have Designated status.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic and proactive Collections Team within an Accredited museum and take responsibility for the Reference Library Collection. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field with demonstrable museum and collections management experience.
For an informal discussion, please telephone Dominic Ivaldi on 01590 614654
To apply for this position please download an application form from our website at http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/careers . Alternatively please email email@example.com or call 01590 614681 if you would like an application form posted to you.
Closing Date: Tuesday 18 June at 12 noon
Interview Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Please quote reference number V143
Details of a vacancy for the role of Curator at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
As one of the leading museums and visitor attractions in the South West, with over 125,000 visitors annually, you will be joining a dynamic and engaged team of over 120 staff and volunteers.
The museum is looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and motivated museum professional to be its subject specialist, knowing the Collection inside and out, and able to preserve that information for the next custodians of our Museum. The successful candidate must be proactive and keen to work in a fast paced work environment. They’ll strive to deliver a culture of exceptional service, ensuring our visitors and partners always have the best possible experience.
The Museum has over 400 vehicles and as a charity it has three core aims: preservation, restoration and education. The Museum also operates several businesses that donate all of their profits to support these charitable aims. It is essential that the successful candidate can collaborate across the organisation in order to help deliver the Museum’s strategic plan.
More information is available at: https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/jobs/museum-curator-ft
Closing date: Monday 10th June 2019
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Details of a job opportunity at Beaulieu:
The National Motor Museum Trust is seeking an experienced Library Officer to undertake collections management procedures relating to the Reference Library Collection. The successful candidate will help facilitate access through effective storage, efficient information retrieval and engagement in audience-based activities. You will be responsible for all documentation and the implementation and maintenance of appropriate levels of collections care. The Library Officer will also undertake preventive conservation, including environmental monitoring, actively seek the acquisition of new titles for the Collection, supervise volunteers and provide training where necessary.
Do you have relevant museum experience working with collections, documentation procedures, standards and proven experience of collections care? If so we would like to hear from you.
For an informal discussion, please telephone
Dominic Ivaldi on 01590 614654
To apply for this position please download an application form from our website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/careers . Alternatively please email email@example.com or call 01590 614681 if you would like an application form posted to you.
Closing date: 23 April at 12 noon
Interviews will take place during week commencing
29 April and the 6 May
Please quote reference number V129
News of a job vacancy for the role of Learning & Engagement Officer at Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset. As one of the leading museums and visitor attractions in the South West, with over 135,000 visitors annually, the successful candidate will be joining a dynamic and engaged team of over 120 staff and volunteers.
The role will be responsible for:
- Formal learning and schools programme for all key stages with a variety of education and interest groups
- Co-ordination of outreach programmes and events such as classic car shows and industry events
- Active management, development and delivery of planned and programmed visitor events and activities such as Discovery, Get Closer, half-term and holiday trails
- Research and delivery of talks and tours both on site and beyond the museum gates.
The Museum is looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and motivated learning professional to lead, develop and drive this work stream. The successful candidate must be proactive and keen to work in our fast paced and flexible work environment in this hands-on, varied operational role.
How to Apply:
Please visit: https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/jobs/learning-engagement-officer-ft
There can be few projects or people in European and British maritime and industrial heritage preservation who have not benefited in some way from the life and work of John Robinson who was greatly loved across the entire maritime and industrial heritage community.
John passed away in 2018 and to honour his memory, the Maritime Heritage Trust and ABTEM have organised a memorial lecture to be held in London at HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment London on Monday 8th April 2019. The event will run from 1.30pm to 15.45pm. and will feature a keynote from Sir Neil Cossons, and contributions from John’s brother Terry Robinson, Andy King (ABTEM), Hannah Cunliffe (National Historic Ships UK) and the Maritime Heritage Trust.
To book a place at the lecture please visit:
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and talented professional Collections Manager to join Aerospace Bristol, a new museum which opened in 2017.
Aerospace Bristol tells the story of over 100 years of aerospace design and manufacturing. The museum has learning at its heart and aims to inspire, entertain and inform present and future generations through their understanding of, and engagement with, the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. It is also home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its UK birthplace in Bristol.
The Collections Manager is a permanent post and will provide overall strategic direction and managerial responsibility for the collections, staff and volunteers. The role requires outstanding collections and people management skills. There is a small collections team and body of volunteers already in place, working on the restoration and conservation of objects and exhibition maintenance.
More information about the post can be found at: http://aerospacebristol.org/careers
Closing date: 25 February 2019
The Brooklands Museum are now recruiting for the new role of Heritage Engineering Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, care and preservation of Brooklands Museum’s historic aviation, vehicle and large mechanical objects through a range of activities that include their inspection, conservation, handling and movement.
The Heritage Engineering Manager will be responsible for the planning and delivery of key projects. These will range from routine maintenance of the museum’s historic car and motorcycle collection to the development and co-ordination of preservation works on our aircraft. The postholder will work closely with volunteers, providing direction and ensuring all activities are carried out to the highest possible standard. The Heritage Engineering Manager will also play a vital role in the live running of key historic vehicles and aircraft, used to bring the site to life in a safe and enjoyable way for visitors to Brooklands.
More details are available at: https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/about/work-for-us and download the Job Description and Application Pack to find out how to apply for this position. If you are interested in this role and would like to book a 10 minute phone call to find out more, please email Alex Patterson, Director of Collections, Interpretation & Heritage firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 3 March 2019. Interviews will be held on Friday 15 March.