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.
The annual Museums Computer Group Conference ‘Museums+Tech 2018’ will be held on Friday 19th October 2018 at the National Gallery, London. This year’s theme: ‘The collaborative museum’.
This will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments and activities in the sector, as well as network with colleagues – so make sure to get the date in your diary and tell your colleagues.
The call for papers for the conference is open, and will close at 23:59 (London time) on Monday 21st May, 2018. We’re keen to hear from practitioners, researchers, funders and those from related cultural heritage and technology sectors.
The 2018 conference is asking whether digital in museums can open up our institutions to collaboration and democratisation. How can a collaborative and participatory approach to projects invite new audiences, bring higher quality content, and provide museums with important learning experiences? Can museums and technology help to create a progressively universalised museum with better access and broader audiences? Can it be the catalyst for active as opposed to passive participants?
The MCG’s Museums+Tech 2018 conference seeks proposals for presentations addressing these issues. It’s time to celebrate good work, and share ideas for helping museums do better. We’re open to suggestions, but topics might include:
- Creating the participatory museum with community led/funded projects
- Digitisation of collections for open access
- Museum collaboration with academic institutions and industry: what can museums learn? What can museums teach?
- In house collaboration: How can digital contribute to creating a more cross-disciplinary approach to museums and culture?
- Museums as a network; collaborating with each other
- Museums as platforms, creating a more universal museum
- Open data and open source projects: being open to collaboration and supporting communities of practice
- The list continues on the website.
The international programme committee will review proposals over May and you should hear from them in mid-late June. If you have any questions, please contact us through email@example.com
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).
- Click here to register
- Click here to respond to the call for contributions
- Click here for the Creative Fuse Conference invite and call out
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).
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.
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.
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:
Further information, including details of how to submit a proposal, is available on the Social History Curators Group (SHCG) website here.
From the Museums Association:
Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to deliver a practical or case study-led seminar at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2018 in Belfast.
Taking place on 8-10-November, the MA Conference and Exhibition is one of the biggest networking opportunities for museum professionals in Europe.
Seminars take place in the exhibition on the 8-9 November and are free for visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend. The programme is designed to offer practical, insightful and case study-led content under four distinct themes: technology and digital; audiences, learning and engagement; collections, interpretation and exhibition design; and operations (commercial activities, fundraising, marketing).
They are an opportunity for companies, consultants and museum professionals to showcase recent projects, products or services, and lead discussion in a specific area of expertise.
“Seminars are an important part of the MA Conference and Exhibition as they provide an opportunity to share best practice with a range of professionals,” said Simon Stephens, the head of events and publications at the MA.
“If you’ve delivered an innovative project in the past year, or want to share your work with your peers, then we want to hear from you.”
Successful proposers will be asked to present their seminar twice during the day and will receive a free place at conference on the day of their seminar.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 30 April.
Culture24 is running a conference about museum after-hours events at the National Gallery in London on June 1st. ‘A Culture of Lates is aimed at museum/gallery after-hours events programmers and will be a fabulous opportunity to learn about Lates and network with colleagues.
Tickets are available now from the conference sales page
The speaker list includes:
- Kim Streets, CEO of Museums Sheffield
- Ashlie Hunter, Producer of Public Programs, Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, creator of Newcastle/Gateshead’s annual culture crawl The Late Shows
- Marilyn Scott, Director, The Lightbox, Woking, whose Thursday Lates attract a new audience of local young professionals
- Lucy Woodbridge, Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum, who opens up access to the museum’s collection while generating income
- Tatiana Getman, Head of special projects & events, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
- Tim Ross, Australian comedian and TV presenter who uses comedy to create original heritage interpretation events and Instagram to market them.
- Neil Mendoza, entrepreneur and consultant who recently published the DCMS Mendoza Review, an independent review of museums in England
The programme will feature presentations, panel discussions, socials and practical sessions including:
Programmers’ Question Time – Is your venue’s Lates programme blighted by lack of funding? Do you have a crop of talented local artists but are unsure how to reap the best out of them? Our panel of Lates event programming experts will grapple with your event challenges and help you create your after-hours Garden of Eden!
Free conference and debate at the British Museum
Monday 3rd September 2018
The British Museum’s (BM) National Programmes team and the Digital Preservation Coalition invite you to contribute towards a day of workshops, discussion and debate on the subject of digital content in museums.
The BM want to explore best practice in how we as a sector create, curate and preserve digital content – not just the exciting outward-facing side of digital technology in museums, but the often overlooked back-of-house digital preservation work that is essential to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of these efforts.
Central to the day is the question: if museums are memory institutions, how do we ensure that we maintain access to the digital memory that we’re creating now for our future audiences?
Please send proposals no later than Monday 30 April to Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Coordinator, at GMallin@britishmuseum.org.
Further details on how to submit a proposal can be found online in our Call for Papers here.