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The Death of the Machine? Book Now for the ABTEM Autumn Seminar

THE DEATH OF THE MACHINE?  What future for machines in museum collections?

Thursday 3rd November: Dana Centre, Science Museum London

Our Autumn Meeting will look at the current status of industrial machinery in UK museums and ask whether the long-term sustainability of machinery collections could or indeed should be ensured.

The UK’s remaining industrial collections are faced with significant threats to their survival, and these show little sign of abating. Current challenges include:

Ongoing funding cuts, the demise of industrial-collection-specialist curators and conservators, nationwide deindustrialisation and the rapid growth in automation, and education curriculums offering fewer opportunities to learn about industrial machinery.

Will the rise of what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where emerging technologies begin to blur the lines between the physical and digital realms, cast a shadow over the machines of former industrial ages, and send industrial collections further into obscurity, or can museums embrace the technological revolution to revive and enhance interest in machines that revolutionized the 18th and 19th centuries?

What’s more, should they? With a decline in industrial collecting opportunities and a growing movement for community-driven museums, might there be a case for mothballing machinery collections and focussing on user participation – with increased access initiatives in the form of working-exhibit rides and demonstrations, and tours and activities behind the scenes?

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting

Provisional Programme

10:00 – Registration, tea, coffee and biscuits

10:45 – Introduction – Jack Kirby (Head of Collections, Science Museum)

11:00 – Tim Bryan (Chair, ABTEM)

‘ABTEM’s Larger and Working Objects Project’

11:30 – Oliver Green, (freelance, former Head Curator, London Transport Museum)

‘Thoughts on the future for industrial & transport museums’

12:00 – Ben Russell (Curator of Mechanical Engineering, Science Museum)

‘The Raid on Raglan: the commemorative role of machines in museums’

12:45 – Lunch

1:45 – Laura Musgrave (former Engagement Officer, Coventry Transport Museum)

‘The redevelopment of Coventry Transport Museum – how people’s stories took centre stage’

2:00 – Daniel Martin (Curator, Museum of Making, Derby)

‘Taking a co-productive approach at the Museum of Making’

2:15 – Open discussion and debate with speakers

3:15 – Tea/coffee/biscuits

3:45 – ABTEM AGM

4:15 – End

To book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-autumn-seminar-the-death-of-the-machine-tickets-28451149153

 

 

Details of Symposium at British Motor Museum announced

A day symposium focusing on the British car past, present and future is being held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on 24th September 2016. The event will include presentations from an expert panel and is chaired by the Curator of the British Motor Museum Stephen Laing.

Topics include: • Car manufacture in Britain • The motor car as a design icon • Journalism and promotion of cars • A snapshot of Britain’s motor industry • The evolution of the historic vehicle movement • The motor car in its social context

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ADVANCE PRICES Adult: £25 Concessions: £20 Under 16’s: £18

More details and tickets are available from:

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/celebration-of-the-british-car-symposium

Project Manager Opportunity at Crofton

News of  an opportunity at Crofton Beam Engines:

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, the owners of Crofton Beam Engines, have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of capital works to secure the future integrity of the site and a programme of interpretation and activities to improve its attraction. The estimated total project costs are over £800,000. The Project Manager will be responsible for commissioning and managing surveys, design work, budget and programmes, co-ordinating and assisting with the preparation of the main HLF application. The part-time post will commence in September this year for a period of around 10 months. You will have experience in heritage building projects, organizational and communication skills, involving HLF funding.

For full details please contact Jean Cook at office.manager@katrust.org.uk Applications must be received by 4:00pm on Friday 26 August with your daily fee schedule, CV and supporting letter. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, Couch Lane, Devizes, Wilts. SN10 1EB Tel: 01380 721279 Charity number 209206

ABTEM AWARDED £47,645 in second round of Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that 94 museums and organisations will receive a total of £12,271,676 in the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund.  The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

We are really please to announce that the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has been awarded £47,645 and will use this investment to help support the preservation of historical collection across the country which tell the story of Britain’s important industrial and transport heritage. The grant will fund the production of a  new toolkit that will provide guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects. It will available as a free download with a hard copy option available via a print on demand service.  The toolkit will be an updated version of the MGC Standards in the Museum Care and Operation of Larger & Working Objects. Arts Council England funded a feasibility study undertaken by ABTEM in 2015 and this additional grant will enable the project to be completed by 2018.

The project will begin in October and more details will be available in due course.

Speaking about the fund, John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. The fund responds directly to the challenges facing museums like those in Lancashire and Kirklees, and also supports major strategic initiatives such as the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.”

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We have a world-leading museums sector that protects and preserves our history, while also attracting millions of visitors every year.

“We want our museums to continue to thrive and this important fund will help them become more resilient and sustainable in the years to come.”

The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major Partner Museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector.

In the last two rounds the Arts Council has awarded museums £30 million through the Museum Resilience Fund. A full list of successful applicants and further details can be found here.

 

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BRISTOL’S HIDDEN GEM THE UNDERFALL YARD SHINES BRIGHT FROM EASTER

ABTEM member the Underfall Yard visitor centre, at the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, is due to open this Easter marking a key milestone in an ambitious £4 million project. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported initiative is also securing the future of the historic industrial buildings and boatyard, with sensitive repairs and solar panelling.

Housed in the Grade 2* listed Power House, the visitor centre retells the story of Victorian engineering, which still protects the city from flooding today. It shines a light on the famous engineers linked with Underfall Yard – William Jessop and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – as well as the largely-forgotten John Ward Girdlestone who built the slipway and most of the beautifully-designed buildings.

Funding for the Underfall Yard Trust has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, through the Association of Independent Museums as part of the National Heritage Landmarks Scheme, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many other generous organisations and individuals, with support from Bristol City Council.

More information about this amazing project is available at: underfallboatyard.co.uk or follow @theunderfall on Twitter.

 

Working Collections Officer Vacancy – Abbey Pumping Station Leicester

Leicester City Council Arts and Museums are currently looking to recruit a “Working Collections Technical Officer” to work at the Abbey Pumping Station.

Details of the job can be found at: https://secure.leicester.gov.uk/managerial-professional-working-collections-technical-officer/16076.job

The closing date is the end of the month.

STILL TIME TO BOOK ON OUR ARCHIVE SEMINAR!

A reminder that our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ will be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so if you are still interested in booking a place, please visit the Eventbrite web site!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.

NEW ABTEM SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

We are please to announce details of our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ to be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so early booking is recommended!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.

LATEST PRISM FUND REPORT ISSUED

The PRISM fund (for PReservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) administered by Arts Council England has issued its annual report for 2012-2013. The fund awarded 22 grants worth £191,115 supporting the acquisition and conservation of some unique and important items of scientific, technological or industrial heritage.

in 2012/2013 73% of the awards were for conservation and some of the important projects supported included the  restoration of a First World War Hunslet steam locomotive,  a Black Country canal boat, two waterwheels and a stuffed Adelie penguin collected during Scott’s 1911 expedition to Antarctica.

Grants for acquisitions included one for the purchase of a Series 1 Land Rover for the Museum of English Rural Life and another towards the purchase of a rare globe of Mars by the Whipple Museum.

The report can be downloaded from the Arts Council web site at:

Click to access PRISM_fund_annual_report_2012_13.pdf

THIS YEAR’S MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

A reminder from the Museums Association  about their Conference & Exhibition 2014 being held on 9-10 October in Cardiff.

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme this year is Museums Change Lives. This year we also have a resilience room which will feature content that helps museums become more sustainable, looking at partnerships, funding and the workforce. Keynote speakers include John Griffiths AM, welsh government minister for culture and sport, Antônio Vieira, director of the Museu da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a keynote performance Mat Fraser’s Cabinet of Curiosities: how disability was kept in a box.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at the Senedd and to see the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Book your place before 31 July to receive significant discount: www.museumsassociation.org/conference