NWFED: Developing University Partnerships

NWFED are set to host an event on 29 September at Norton Priory Museum, Runcorn,  which will look at developing partnerships between universities and museums.

This event brings together museum professionals from across the North West who have experience in developing partnerships with and undertaking research projects with Universities.  Having used such partnerships as a way to deepen knowledge of their collections and visitors needs, the event will host a series of presentations followed by a question and answer session to allow those who are interested in developing such partnerships to gain tailored advice from those with experience.

Although the programme is still to be fianalised, presentations delivered on the day will include:

Frank Hargrave and Tom Fildes  will speak about Norton Priory’s current research projects, notably the development of portable radiocarbon dating and the DNA analyses of skeletons contributing to the modern treatment of Paget’s Disease of Bone. Discussing funding opportunities the work can bring, notably through funders such as Wellcome and the AHRC, they will also look at why universities are keen to work with museums such as through meeting the growing requirement for university departments to achieve public engagement and impact.

Meg McHugh, Senior Curator and Jan Hicks, Archives and Information Manager at MoSI will talk about ‘REALab’, a pilot scheme run by the University of Manchester in 2015 which helped MoSI, along with other cultural institutions, to present a challenge to postgraduate researchers from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and Manchester Business School. Teams of researchers could then pitch to take on the project and deliver a piece of research work in response.  The Museum of Science and Industry challenged the researchers to identify opportunities for the museum to broaden its future content to represent Manchester’s diverse, radical and global population.  The result was a detailed consultancy report addressing the issues around representation and inclusion in the museum.  The project was extremely fruitful for both the students and the museum and has led to further collaboration and deeper links with the University.

For further information and to book your place, please see here.


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