The next ABTEM seminar will be held at the Wheal Martyn Museum, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, on Friday 16 June.
The seminar is titled ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ and will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after objects that sit outside museums
Full details and list of speakers will follow shortly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to network and exchange ideas and strategies, and to catch up on the progress with the Arts Council-funded revision of the Standards in the Museum Care of Larger and Working Objects project being undertaken by ABTEM and consultants IRHC.
The day will also include a Guided tour of Wheal Martyn.
Why not make a weekend of it?
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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