CALL FOR PARTNERS: New Partnership Touring Exhibition
A new partnership touring exhibition, Modern Design and Graphics, combines works on paper with objects in different media to reveal the close but often neglected relationships between two-and three-dimensional works. These juxtapositions highlight the common concerns shared by artists in different fields of production. Further details of the exhibition are attached. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between March – November 2019. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Eleanor Chant by Friday 23 February 2018.
CALL FOR PARTNERS: Knowledge Exchange 2018
We are seeking five partner organisations to take part in this year’s Knowledge Exchange programme. Designed to enable the sharing of skills and expertise, and support individual professional development, the programme offers fully-funded staff exchanges between British Museum and partner colleagues. If you would like your organisation to take part, please send an expression of interest by Monday 19 February to Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Co-ordinator, at email@example.com. Further details on the programme and how to apply are here.
BOOKING OPEN: Money & Medals Network Day Conference 2018
Booking is open for the Money and Medals Network Day Conference to be held At the British Museum on Friday 23 March. Full details, including the programme of events, can be found on the conference’s Eventbrite page. The event is free to attend, open to anyone working or volunteering with numismatic collections in UK museums and other public institutions, and lunch is provided. Booking is essential!
***DEADLINE APPROACHING*** INVITATION TO TENDER: British Museum PASt Explorers Project
Please find attached an invitation to submit a tender for the evaluation of The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme PASt Explorers project activities. This is a five year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to widen the PAS’s volunteer capacity. The deadline is 31st January 2018. We would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate the tender to any evaluators who might be interested.
NEW training opportunity: Getting Loan Ready
Colleagues are invited to register their interest for this free four-day residential course of in-depth training on borrowing at the British Museum from 23-26 January 2018. The training is designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the loans process so that their organisations will be better able to borrow from national collections in future. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are travel and accommodation bursaries available for all delegates.
Places are limited to 10 delegates, and will be allocated by the British Museum. As the training has so far only been delivered in England, museum colleagues applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be prioritised. All expressions of interest must be received by 15 November 2017 via the Eventbrite booking form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-loan-ready-registration-38841343504
NEW Collections Skills Sharing sessions
Booking is now open for the final round of free collections skills sharing sessions at the British Museum. Designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, there are travel bursaries available thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite using the links below:
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – Wednesday 15th November
- Eastern Pictorial Art Handling – Friday 17th November
- Exhibition Installation Scheduling – Thursday 7th December
- Storage of Ethnographic Collections Material: Challenges and Solutions – Thursday 25th January 2018
NEW resource: Palaeo Network UK (PALNETUK)
Colleagues are invited to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK. It aims to support communication and networking across the sector to improve our approach to the human and environmental records of the Ice Age. As a first step in developing this network we invite you to join the mailing list, hosted by JISCMAIL. To subscribe, please email the words “SUBSCRIBE PALNETUK” to PALNETUK-REQUEST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Further information on PALNETUK is attached.
The next round of British Museum collections skills sharing sessions are now bookable online. The following training sessions will be running in September and October:
- Care and Storage of European Glass – 5 September 2017
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – 13 September 2017
- Heavy Object Collections Care: Introduction – 20 September 2017
- Pinning – 2 October 2017
- Mounting and Storage of Prints and Drawings – 16 October 2017
These sessions are free and open to all colleagues working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Travel bursaries are also available upon request.
For more information contact Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Co-ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition
Rodin: rethinking the fragment is being developed in conjunction with the forthcoming major British Museum exhibition on Rodin in 2018. This Spotlight loan will draw on one of the main themes of the major exhibition, exploring how Rodin was influenced by the art of ancient Greece and Rome. They are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between August 2018 – April 2019. Further details can be seen here. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please complete the Expression of Interest form and send to Eleanor Chant by Wednesday 16 August – EChant@britishmuseum.org
REMINDER: British Museum Conference 31 August 2017: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections
Booking is open to attend the British Museum’s free National Programmes conference on Thursday 31 August 2017. Open to anyone working in or with UK museums, the conference aims to explore how museums of every size, as well as non-museum spaces with collections, can be encouraged and supported to proactively lend to each other and to borrow from wider sources.
Confirmed speakers include Arts Council England, the Art Fund and Touring Exhibitions Group, with keynotes from Museums Sheffield and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Further information on the programme and how to book can be found via Eventbrite.
NEW: British Museum Seminar 14 September 2017: Making meaning in museums: (How) Is community participation research?
The British Museum is hosting a free seminar exploring how and why we might locate museum participation and co-creative practice within the more established methodologies of action/participatory research (for example Anthropology, Health and Development studies), drawing on the Museum’s current HLF-funded Object Journeys programme. The aim of this seminar is to question this divide and explore the impact of framing all the multiple ways of knowing, finding out and creating information as variations of research.
Further information on the programme and how to request a place can be found via Eventbrite.
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.
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 email@example.com by Monday 19th June. If you would like to attend but do not have the funds to travel, please mention this in your reply.
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.
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.
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.
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