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
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.
DETAILS OF A NEW POST AT THE RAF MUSEUM:
c£31,000 per annum
The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum that tells the story of the RAF through its people and collections.
The Conservation Manager role is an exciting new opportunity to lead a dedicated team within the Museum’s Collections Services department. This team will play a leading role in the continuing transformation of the RAF Museum as it marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
The post holder will manage the development and delivery of conservation projects and facilities at the Museum’s London site. In support of the Museum’s collections development and exhibition programmes they will manage a range of activities to ensure the preservation of collections whilst promoting wider public access to the RAF story and greater volunteer engagement.
A relevant conservation or engineering qualification or demonstrable experience in managing and preserving aircraft or other large industrial objects within a heritage, commercial or military environment are essential. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of conservation or engineering standards.
The post will be based in Colindale, NW London. Some weekend and evening working and travel between Museum sites and to other institutions in the UK and overseas will be necessary.
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