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Job Vacancy: Collections Manager – Aerospace Bristol

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

Concorde Airbus copyright Neil Phillips 07885 214291

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New Report on Contemporary Collecting & Disposal issued

‘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/

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ABTEM SEMINAR AND AGM ANNOUNCED

Following on from two successful and sold out seminars launching ABTEM’s ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ this event provides an opportunity to hear more about the new document and hear case studies illustrating the issues faced by those conserving and operating and industrial transport collections.

Speakers include Paul & Joyce Jefford, case study contributors to the Guidelines, Christopher Binks from the National Railway Museum and Efstathios Tsolis who as part of the International Railway Heritage Consultancy helped compile the new document.

The event is hosted by the London Museum of Water and Steam and so there will also be case studies from John Porter (LMWS) and Peter Turvey (Kennet & Avon Canal Trust highlighting the issues most relevant to those operating stationary steam engines as well as the chance to look around the Museum and speak to the volunteer team there.

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting.

Tickets for the event cost £25. Register using Eventbrite at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-late-autumn-seminar-operating-and-conserving-historic-industrial-transport-collections-tickets-51195219279

and then pay for the ticket by using the link: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets/

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New curatorial opportunity launched by the Art Fund

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.

#HeadleyFellowships @ArtFund

 

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Interpreting Horse-Drawn Carriages in Museum Collections – New Guidance

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. 

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ABTEM GUIDELINES FOR LARGER & WORKING HISTORIC OBJECTS LAUNCH EVENTS ANNOUNCED!

ABTEM is pleased to announce that its project to revise and update the old MGC Standards for the Care of Larger & Working Objects is almost complete!

The new ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ is due to be published on 15th February 2018 and will be available online from that date, with a hard copy option available from the Collections Trust. Further details of how to access the new Guidelines will be published shortly.

In the meantime, two regional events are being held to launch the Guidelines to the sector at the Aerospace Bristol Museum 22 February and Kelham Island Museum Sheffield (20 March)

More information and booking details are available at:

22 February – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42240795356

20 March – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42238404204

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Larger & Working Objects Guidelines: Call For Interested Parties

cropped-cropped-thinktank.jpgABTEM has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them on its ongoing project to produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The Standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994, but after two decades of experience now need updating.

The project is supported by an award of £47,565 by Arts Council England in 2016 through their Museum Resilience funding stream that enables museums to become more sustainable.

We are looking for interested parties such as private collectors of transport, agricultural or industrial artefacts, national and regional museums with any large or working objects in their collections that would be able to feed into the process by either responding to questionnaires or submitting case studies that can illustrate the decision making process and conservation ethos of a particular treatment.

Selected case studies will be included in the new guidelines, available at the end of 2017. The guidelines will be widely publicised and promoted, including  a programme of seminars scheduled between October 2017 and March 2018.

For further information contact Efstathios Tsolis, Associate Consultant, email tsolis@efstathios.co.uk, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551

The main publications of Standards and Guidelines can be accessed online:

MGC 4 Standards in the museum care of larger and working objects

Larger & Working Objects – a guide to standards in their preservation and care