The Science Museum Group has launched a new online journal that shares research from the four national museums in the group.
Articles within include an account of the significance of James Watt’s workshop (now displayed at the Science Museum, and a study of a 1960’s exhibition at South Kensington featuring the ‘Freedom 7’ Mercury spacecraft.
In his introduction, Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum writes:”At a time when scholarship seems under threat, we are strengthening our commitment to a deeper understanding of our world class collections, conservation challenges and the most successful ways of engaging the wider public with the history of science and the technological and scientific challenges facing modern society”.
The first issue is available to browse at: http://journal.sciencemuseum.org.uk/.
An update of the Disposal Toolkit originally published by the Museums Association in 2008 has been produced by the UK Accreditation partnership which includes the MA, Arts Council England, CyMAL: a division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council.
The revised document includes guidance on the current and increasingly important issue of financially motivated disposals.
See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections-guidance/#sthash.c3ES5eMq.dpuf
At a time when museums are facing significant challenges and a difficult economic climate, the recruitment and retention of volunteers is vitally important for the sustainability of many organisations. ABTEM (Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums) is holding a seminar exploring current developments in volunteering titled: “Volunteers in a Changing Environment” to be held at STEAM: Museum of the GWR, Swindon on Wednesday 30th April. Topics to be covered will include: change management, legal issues, valuing volunteers, recruitment, training, and health & safety.
We look forward to sharing a day of good practice for volunteers working in museums with transport and engineering collections.
Limited travel bursaries will be available for this meeting through Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network Funding – details of how to apply are available at: https://abtemssn.wordpress.com/abtem-travel-bursaries-3/
Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-volunteers-in-a-changing-environment-tickets-7913905705 to book a place at this FREE seminar
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