Category: Conference

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference – Memory and Transformation

Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 November 2018

View the programme and register for your place.

The theme of this year’s conference is Memory and transformation, with panels exploring themes ranging from memory institutions and material narratives to digital memories and public reminiscence. The conference includes practical workshops and exciting networking opportunities. This year’s conference meal will be in the stunning surroundings of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

You can view the conference programme and register for your place here. We strongly recommend that you read the DCDC18 FAQ page before registering.

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British Museum National Programme – New Opportunities

From the British Museum:

CALL FOR PARTNERS: New Partnership Touring Exhibition
We are looking for partners to host a new partnership touring print exhibition, The eye of a collector, which will highlight 25-30 works from a recent bequest of over 200 prints and drawings from the influential film critic Alexander Walker (1930-2003). The exhibition will focus specifically on works of art that mark a transitional moment in an artist’s career. Walker recognized that a change in direction or a breakthrough in style could often be seen in an artist’s graphic work and he purposefully collected prints and drawings that demonstrated this. If you are interested in this exhibition, please complete the form Expression of Interest_The eye of a collector and return to Eleanor Chant (echant@britishmuseum.org) by Friday 27 July 2018. For further information see Tour Information_The eye of a collector.

BOOKING NOW OPEN: National Programmes Conference 2018
Booking is now open for the British Museum’s 2018 National Programmes Conference, Museums and digital memory: from creation and curation to digital preservation. Taking place at the BM on 3 September 2018, the conference will focus on the theme of ‘digital’ with an emphasis on preservation. The day will explore both the exciting outward-facing side of digital technology in museums, and the back-of-house side that can often get overlooked – if we’re memory institutions, how are we ensuring that we retain all the digital memory that we’re creating? Tickets are free, but must be reserved online via Eventbrite. A limited number of travel bursaries are also available for delegates for whom travel costs would be prohibitive.

 

SHCG’s 2018 Conference: A True Reflection? Displays, Stories and Exhibitions

Thursday 19th July, Beamish: The Living Museum of the North
Friday 20th July, The Great North Museum: Hancock

This year’s Social History Curators Group conference includes interactive workshops, tours and presentations on a wide range of themes including interpretation and community engagement. Conference is a great opportunity to hear about experiences and learning from a range of institutions across the country, to take part in valuable knowledge building workshops, and to have the opportunity to network with others in the sector at a friendly and relaxed conference.

Book before Friday 25 May for a 10% discount on your booking fee!

For a full programme, list of speakers, and details of how to book, please visit the conference website.

For any queries regarding conference please email conferenceshcg@gmail.com

AIM Conference 2018 Bursary

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there is a bursary available for this year’s AIM Conference at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 21st– 23rd June. The theme for this year is Changing Gear. Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

This opportunity is open to people working in accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation in the North West, except members of staff at NPOs and National Museums.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Wednesday 6th June.

Please note that the bursaries only cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Creative Fuse Conference – Bookings Open and Call for Contributions

Tuesday 10th – Wednesday 11th July
Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Registration is open for the Creative Fuse NE Conference, taking place at Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

This is a key event, enabling the region to reflect on the Creative Fuse journey, share knowledge, be inspired, explore ideas, discuss cross sector collaboration and innovation and the value and future of academic, creative and digital fusion for the creative economy and ecology in the region.

If you want to get more involved, there is also a call for contributions – presentations, panel discussions, workshops, performances and also a wildcard option (deadline of 21st May for all of these).

Who should attend? 

The conference is for anyone connected to the Creative, Cultural, Digital or IT sectors, including SMEs (Small to Medium Size Enterprises), larger organisations, freelancers, sole traders, artists and creative practitioners, academics and students (undergraduate and postgraduate).

Foreign Exchange? University Museums And International Engagement Conference

Tuesday 3rd July
Cambridge University Museum of Zoology

The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities.

For more information visit the conference page.

ICON Care of Collections Group – Sustainability in Collections Care Conference

Wednesday 16th May
The British Library, Boston Spa, LS23 7BQ
From £21.79 (includes coach transfer from York)

With increasing pressures on budgets and a desire within the sector to become more sustainable, heritage institutions have to re-evaluate their practices and standards in relation to collections care activities. This one day conference will address sustainability in Collection Care through a range of presentations on projects, policy reviews and case studies.

For further information about the day, and to book, visit the eventbrite here.

Musical Instruments Unwrapped – Call for Papers

Date: Monday 12 November 2018, Edinburgh

Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 June 2018

This seminar will bring together specialists from a variety of disciplines, including musical instruments and social history, seeking to broaden perspectives, develop new ways of thinking about the presentation of musical instruments and explore how they can be active performers in a wide range of display contexts – whether or not they are able to be played.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations (+10 minutes questions) that address musical instruments and interpretation issues. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Using musical instruments to research, interpret and display social history; using social history to research, interpret and display musical instruments
  • Highlighting hidden stories to redefine and broaden context
  • Connecting with diverse communities using related objects and collections
  • Addressing the complex questions in determining the playability of musical instruments
  • Factors to consider when caring for musical instruments, both playing and non-playing
  • Musical instruments and conservation parallels with other objects
  • The role of musical instruments and of sound in multi-disciplinary displays
  • High tech vs. low tech. Using sound effectively, whether live or recorded
  • Talking to audiences about the art and/or science of sound production
  • Musical instruments and under-explored connections with social history, natural history, painting, science, archaeology, textiles, the military, etc.

Further information, including details of how to submit a proposal, is available on the Social History Curators Group (SHCG) website here

AIM Conference 2018 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 21st– 23rd June. The theme for this year is Changing Gear.Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

These two opportunities are open to people working in accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation in the North West, except members of staff of NPOs and National Museums.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 11th May.

Please note that the bursaries only cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Sensing Culture Conference

Tuesday 1 May 2018
Trinity House, London
Free
Booking linkhttp://sensingculture2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Sensing Culture is a Heritage Lottery Fund funded project working with blind and partially sighted people to open up heritage at museums, landmarks, archives and collections.

The project will conclude on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at the Sensing Culture Conference. The free Conference is an opportunity for those interested in making museums and heritage sites more accessible for blind and partially sighted people to find out the successes, challenges and learnings from the project. It will:

  •           Bring together like-minded people who share the same goal of making museums, heritage sites, and the heritage sector more accessible
  •           Showcase good practice from across the museum/heritage sector, including the Sensing Culture project
  •           Get you thinking about what you can do
  •           Highlight future opportunities

There will be a wide range of talks and workshops from people involved in the Sensing Culture project. The keynote speakers for the day are Liz Ellis & Caroline George (Heritage Lottery Fund) and Simon Hayhoe (University of Bath), with more speakers to be announced.

It will also be the first chance to preview the new Sensing Culture website, which will be a one stop shop for information and guidance on making museums, heritage sites, and the heritage sector more accessible following the completion of this project.

Sensing Culture has been led by the Royal National Institute of the Blind and delivered with the support of several prestigious heritage organisations, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The partners of Sensing Culture are:

  •           Oxford University Museums and Collections led by Oxford Museum of Natural History
  •           The Canterbury Cluster (Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury Library and Canterbury Cathedral)
  •           Lewes Castle in Sussex, part of the Sussex Archaeological Society
  •           Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest in Portsmouth, part of Portsmouth Council and Libraries

Sensing Culture aims to increase the independence of blind and partially sighted visitors, professionals, artists, and volunteers by training staff and volunteers at the partner heritage sites and implementing practical solutions. In support of this, interaction at these sites has been increased and meaningful learning experiences created by using technology, audio description and tactile panels.