Call for participation in ‘Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for specialist museums’

Would you like your museum to become more sustainable and resilient through collaboration with industry or other commercial bodies that are key for your development?

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) has received Arts Council England Resilience Funding (Round 2) to explore, create and share a model that will do that not just in terms of industries relevant to MoDiP but also those relevant to your museum, whether for example those industries are agriculture, architecture, astronomy, fashion, healthcare, maritime, medicine, military, music, photography, printing, textiles, toys, and so on. The project will focus on the industries relevant to the museums that participate.

MoDiP is looking for small specialist museums to join the project (museums with 5 or fewer full-time equivalent staff). The benefits of participation will be greater understanding of the potential of knowledge exchange with relevant industries to enhance what your museum offers, increased ability to engage with the industries that relate to your museum and better fundraising skills within your museum. Most importantly, it will give you the tools to make your museum more sustainable.

Participating museums will be asked to take part in a workshop with an industry consultant to be held in London in January/ February 2017 to discuss their experiences of working with industries to date and the potential they see in this project for their development. They will also be asked to peer review the ensuing ‘how to engage with your industry’ resource and have the opportunity to attend a masterclass towards the end of the project (early in 2018) to discuss with the industry consultant their particular needs in terms of applying the model developed to their situation.

Places are limited. If you are interested please contact Susan Lambert asap: slambert@aub.ac.uk.

TRAVEL EXPENSES WILL BE REIMBURSED. IF YOU HAVE OTHER COSTS LET MoDiP KNOW WHAT THEY ARE AND IT WILL SEE HOW IT CAN MEET THEM.

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