Aerospace Bristol opened to the public in October 2017 and aims to inspire, entertain and inform through 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 birthplace in Filton.
The new post is an exciting opportunity for a skilled objects conservator or engineer with proven knowledge of the principles of museum conservation. The Conservation Manager will have the skills to manage and supervise the conservation of the object collections, with the ability to undertake practical conservation. Adherence to Health & Safety regulations at all times is critical to this role.
The post-holder will be a highly experienced manager, responsible for meeting museum standards and the effective supervision/management of a dedicated team of volunteers and will be responsible for all object conservation programmes, including the Bristol Bolingbroke, which has been a restoration project previously managed by a volunteer team, and the Bristol Freighter. The Bristol Freighter is newly-arrived from New Zealand and is awaiting a full conservation assessment prior to any work commencing.
More details are available at: http://aerospacebristol.org/careers/
Closing date: 9 April 2018
There is still time to book a place for our spring meeting ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’!
Our meeting, being held at Wheal Martyn Museum in Cornwall on Friday 16th June will have as its focus, the trails and tribulations of looking after museum exhibits that have to stay outside, and the issues in caring for and conserving them.
There is an interesting mix of speakers and there will be the chance to tour the museum.
The event is FREE and runs from 10.30am until 4pm
To book a place, please visit:
Deadline for final bookings: Thursday 16th June
For further information about the event, please contact Andy King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Final details of ABTEM’s spring meeting to be held on 16th June at Wheal Martyn in Cornwall have been announced.
“Overexposure: Caring for Objects that have to stay Outside” will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after large objects and pieces of machinery that museums cannot keep under cover.
Speakers include: David Eveleigh, Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Dave Morris, Fleet Air Arms Museum, Peter Bannister, Wheal Martyn and Kevin Baker from the King Edward Mine Camborne.
Helen Ashby from consultants IRHC will also give an update on our Arts Council-funded project to produce new guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects.
The event runs from 10.00 to 16.00 – places are limited to 40, so early booking is recommended.
For the full programme and to book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-overexposure-caring-for-objects-that-have-to-stay-outside-tickets-33816141991
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?
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
Following the success of the ABTEM autumn seminar, we are pleased to be supporting the National Waterways Museum in running an additional meeting on 7th December 2016 at Ellesmere Port.
Using the Canal & River Trust boat collection as a case study the day will focus on the realities and challenges of managing large object collections for the long term. Caring for large, industrial and operational objects in museum collections presents unique challenges and none more than boats in water.
Although the focus of the meeting will naturally be on boat collections, the day will be of interest to anyone facing challenges of managing large and working objects. It will look at approaches to conservation and how to decide which route to take. It will also be applicable to anyone who has to deal with the over-enthusiastic collecting of previous curators, and approaches to reviewing and rationalising collections that have become unsustainable.
To find out more, and book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-in-the-same-boat-sustainable-large-object-collections-tickets-29079402275
Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) Subject Specialist Network (SSN) funding, ABTEM has recently commissioned museum consultant Rob Shorland-Ball to carry out a Scoping Study on the feasibility of developing and updating the MGC 1994 Standard 4: Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects.
Many people will know, or have used these standards, which provided advice and information on the management and conservation of industrial, transport and engineering collections and despite being long out of print, they remain an important source of information. The original 1994 document was augmented by the 1997 ‘Larger & Working Objects: A Guide to their preservation and care’ also published by MGC also now not available in print. The Collections Trust published Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care in 2009 but that, too, is now out-of-date and neither it, nor MGC Standard 4, was very user-friendly for private collectors, preservers and operators of larger objects.
ABTEM is keen to obtain the views of as many people as possible and so are organising two open discussion meetings to gain further feedback. These are being held on:
- Tuesday 19 May, Museum of Liverpool – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00
- Wednesday 27 May, London Museum of Water & Steam – afternoon 13.30 – 16.00
All are welcome at these free events – if you would like to attend, please contact Rob Shorland-Ball for further details at: email@example.com or by telephone on (01904) 632751