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British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.


REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.

 

Digital Preservation Research Workshop

Monday 26th June 2017
The British Museum
11:00 – 15:00
 

You are invited to a workshop at the British Museum designed to better understand the priorities for the sector around digital preservation practices. 

The workshop will contribute to research being conducted in the development a HLF Skills for the Future programme: The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.

27 trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs. Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who demonstrate a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.

If you are able to attend, please contact Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes on mbojanowska@britishmuseum.org by Monday 19th June. If you would like to attend but do not have the funds to travel, please mention this in your reply.

 

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FREE WORKSHOP: Exploring Ancient Cyprus Collections in UK Museums

Places are still available for this one-day informal workshop at the British Museum. Designed for UK curators and museum staff working with collections of antiquities from Cyprus, the day will include talks and practical sessions by British Museum staff and specialists from leading UK museums with Cypriot material. For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see this document.


FREE CONFERENCE: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections

Registration is now open to attend this year’s National Programmes conference, which will explore the subject of lending and will be held at the British Museum on 31 August 2017. Tickets are free and open to anyone working in or with the UK museums and heritage sector, thanks to the support of the Vivmar Foundation. Places for the conference can be booked via Eventbrite here.

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CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition 

Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories will showcase LGBTQ histories through objects from very ancient history to the present day, reflecting global and contemporary perspectives. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between December 2018 – September 2019. Further details of the exhibition are attached. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 16 June.


CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition

Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain is produced in partnership with Salisbury Museum, and focusses on the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between January – October 2019.  Further details of the exhibition are attached. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 16 June.


FREE WORKSHOP – Exploring drawings in UK Museums, 20 June 2017

We are hosting a free workshop for UK curators and museum staff working with drawings collections. Using the rich graphic holdings of the British Museum and our current project, Lines of thought, the day will explore how drawings collections can be opened up to artists and art students, used to complement curricula at art schools and to generate audience and community engagement around the UK  For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see the session information – the deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 May 2017.

 

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Conference booking now live: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections

Registration is now open to attend the National Programmes conference, which will explore the subject of lending and will be held at the British Museum on 31 August 2017. Tickets are free and open to anyone working in or with the UK museums and heritage sector, thanks to the support of the Vivmar Foundation. Places for the conference can be booked via Eventbrite here.

New Collections Skills Sharing session: dealing with firearms

A new session on working with firearms in museum collections has been added to the British Museum’s collections skills training programme for museum professionals, made possible by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The session will be held at the British Museum on 13 July. Places are free but limited, and can be booked via Eventbrite here.

Treasure 20: vote for your favourite Treasure find

This summer we are celebrating 20 years of Treasure, following the implementation of the Treasure Act 1996 on 24 September 1997. A panel of judges have now shortlisted 20 of the most important archaeological finds reported Treasure over the last 20 years, and public voting is now open to select the nation’s favourite Treasure find. Voting closes on 15 May; details on the top 20 and how to vote can be found here. Please do get involved! We invite anyone to tweet any Treasure20 related chat using the hashtag #Treasure20. We are also listing all museums displaying Treasure finds with the Treasure 20 logo here, and will be updating this list throughout the year.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – British Museum Conference 2017 “Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections”

We are seeking proposals for this year’s National Programmes conference at the British Museum on 31 August 2017, which will explore the subject of lending museum collections. The day will include a lively programme of workshops, discussion and debate, which we hope will be shaped by contributions from colleagues across the UK. Please see the British Museum website and the attached Call for Papers document for further information; the deadline for submissions is Friday 28 April 2017. Ticket booking to attend the conference will open in early May.

FREE WORKSHOP – Exploring Ancient Cyprus in UK Museums, 15 June 2017

We are hosting a free workshop for UK curators and museum staff working with collections of antiquities from Cyprus, with talks and practical sessions by British Museum staff and specialists from leading UK museums with Cypriot material. For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see the event document – the deadline for applications is Friday 28 April 2017

Job Opportunities: The British Museum

Corporate Relations Manager
£34,212 to £39,275 per annum
Deadline – 05 Apr 2017

The Development department of the British Museum is recruiting for a Corporate Relations Manager to be responsible for securing funding from the corporate sector for a range of Museum projects and activities. This is a key role for the Museum’s fundraising that will work to implement an agreed strategy for the future of the department’s activities.

As Corporate Relations Manager, you will develop excellent funding proposals, identify and successfully approach prospects for support, and implement and manage major corporate partnerships. In this role it is vital to balance the need for income generation and account management whilst effectively managing issues as they arise with stakeholders.

For more information click here

Corporate Relations Officer
£28,098 to £32,251 per annum
Deadline – 05 Apr 2017

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Corporate Relations section of the Development team within a rapidly modernising and world-renowned setting. The Development Department is responsible for securing funds for the Museum across a menu of different fundraising activities. The Corporate Relations Team is responsible for developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with sponsors, partners and members in the corporate sector.

For more information click here

 

Upcoming Opportunities at the British Museum

CALL FOR PAPERS – British Museum Conference 2017 “Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections”

We are seeking proposals for this year’s National Programmes conference at the British Museum on 31 August 2017, which will explore the subject of lending museum collections. The day will include a lively programme of workshops, discussion and debate, which we hope will be shaped by contributions from colleagues across the UK. Please see the Call for Papers document for further information; the deadline for submissions is Friday 28 April 2017.


CALL FOR PARTNERS – Object Journeys project 2017/18

We are currently seeking a new museum partner to work with us on the third community collaboration project Object Journeys, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project supports adult community partners to research and explore museum collections and to work collaboratively with museum staff to produce displays, events and digital content in response to this investigation. Please see the Call for partners document for further information on how to apply; the deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 31 March 2017.


FREE WORKSHOP – Exploring Ancient Cyprus in UK Museums, 15 June 2017

We are hosting a free workshop for UK curators and museum staff working with collections of antiquities from Cyprus, with talks and practical sessions by British Museum staff and specialists from leading UK museums with Cypriot material. For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see this document – the deadline for applications is Friday 28 April 2017.


NEW SESSIONS – Free Collections Skills Sharing Programme

New sessions are now available as part of the British Museum’s Collections Skills Sharing Programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. These practical training sessions are free to attend for UK museum staff and volunteers, and we have travel bursaries available to ensure there are no financial barriers to participation. Sessions are bookable online here, with a new batch of sessions now scheduled for May through to July 2017.


NOW OPEN – Marsh Trust Award 2017

Applications are open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website at http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/volunteers/marsh_awards.aspx. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 July 2017.

British Museum Collections Care Skills Sharing Programme

The National Programmes team has been working with colleagues at the British Museum to create and deliver a new range of free collections care skills sharing programmes.

These programmes are an expansion of the British Museum’s skills sharing and partnerships activity and have been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

These sessions are the beginning of a programme of activity lasting 3 years, with new sessions being added next year, which will range from general collections care skills to skills specific to collection types and materials.

The training is available for paid museum staff or volunteers working in museums. To enable the sessions to be responsive, delegate numbers have been kept low in many of the sessions, therefore there is a maximum booking of two people per session from one organisation. It is envisaged that training sessions will be repeated at other dates. 

The British Museum will also provide a limited number of travel bursaries per session to enable people to travel to these sessions.

Headline detail is below for the sessions currently available but further information and the booking system can be accessed under the ‘Live Events’ tab at this linkThe Eventbrite page will be updated with new opportunities throughout the year.   


September 2016

Heavy Object Collections Care: Introduction
Wednesday 14 September 2016
Course duration – one-day
Timings – 9.30am – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 8 spaces
Location –WCEC, British Museum

Textile Collections Care Introduction: Handling and Storage
Trainers Helen Wolfe, Collections Manager: Textiles and Imogen Laing, Assistant Collections Manager: Storage and Moves
Date – Wednesday  21 September 2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.15am  – 4.30pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 8 spaces
Location – Textiles Centre, Blythe House, London

Integrated Pest Management  Introduction
Trainers Phil Baxter, Integrated Pest Management Manager
Date –22 September 2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.30am  – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 10 spaces
Location –WCEC,  British Museum

Money and Medals Collections Care: Introduction
Trainers Henry Flynn,  Assistant Collections Manager: Care and Access, Ben Alsop, Assistant Collections Manager: Care and Access,  Tanya Szrajber, Head of Documentation  and Pippa Pearce, Conservator: Ceramics, Glass and Metals
Date – Thursday  29 September 2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.30am  – 4.30pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 18 spaces
Location – WCEC,  British Museum


October 2016

Storage Solutions
Trainers Elaine Hunter, Collections Manager: Storage and Moves, Ben Fox, Assistant Collections Manager: Storage and Moves
Date – Monday 10th October 2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.00am  – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates –  8 spaces
Location – WCEC,  British Museum


November 2016

IPM Introduction
Trainers Phil Baxter, Integrated Pest Management Manager
Date – Wednesday 16 November  2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.30am  – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 10 spaces
Location – WCEC,  British Museum

 

December 2016

Storage Solutions
Trainers Elaine Hunter, Collections Manager: Storage and Moves, Ben Fox, Assistant Collections Manager: Storage and Moves
Date – Monday 12th December 2016
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.00am  – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates –  8 spaces
Location – WCEC,  British Museum


January 2017

IPM Introduction
Trainers Phil Baxter, Integrated Pest Management Manager
Date – Wednesday 18 January 2017
Course duration – one day
Timings – 9.30am  – 4.00pm (with one hour lunch break 1 – 2pm)
Number of delegates – 10 spaces
Location – WCEC,  British Museum