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
‘Profusion in Museums’ is a new report produced by ‘Heritage Futures’ a collaborative research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and supported by four host universities.
The thought-provoking report draws on a collecting and disposal survey undertaken in June of this year, and the results of a knowledge exchange seminar held at the National Railway Museum in September 2018.
The report can be downloaded at https://heritage-futures.org/profusion-in-museums-report/
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.
Horse-drawn carriages are found in museum collections across the country. As moving objects in static displays they are often difficult to interpret. This new guide brings together best practice in the interpretation of carriages to help museums bring them to life.
The new guide was written by museum interpretation consultant Steve Slack, in collaboration with professionals from across the museum sector working with carriage collections. More information can be found at a new website that provides further information and resources.
This guide was commissioned by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage and funded by Arts Council England and complements ABTEM’s newly published Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger & Working Historic Objects.
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
Over 70 people attended our autumn event held at the Dana Centre at the Science Museum in London.
Titled the ‘Death of the Machine’, the meeting debated some of the issues surrounding the continuing success of museums with collections of machinery and how they might be sustained in the future.
As well as thought-provoking presentations from Oliver Green, Ben Russell, Laura Musgrave and Daniel Martin, there was also a lively debate discussing some of the issues raised in the meeting!
Thanks are due to the Science Museum for their support and to Lee Hutchinson for his help in organising the event.
ABTEM are also supporting another seminar at the National Waterways Museum on the 7th December – details to be posted shortly!