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Unlocking the vault: making the most of scientific collections

Manchester Museum
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June
FREE

Science and natural history collections include objects, specimens, models and illustrations which  are a goldmine of useful information and inspiration. They are immensely popular with the public, but are often cared for by non-specialists who can perceive them as difficult to work with. There is a danger that these collections can be forgotten, underused and undervalued.

Join us for this one and a half day conference looking at the innovative ways in which collections are being used. Speakers from historic collections across Europe will be joining us to discuss best practise in the use of scientific and natural history collections. We will be exploring ways to connect people to collections for greatest impact. 

We have an interesting programme of talks from expert speakers in three sessions: ‘Connecting collections and breaking isolation’, ‘Reaching out to new audiences’ and ‘New meanings through art, history and research’. 

Dr. Tim Boon, Science Museum Group. Science Museum Group Research and the Interdisciplinary Culture of Collections’

Mark Carnall, Oxford University Museum of Natural History. ‘Not real, not worth it?’

Dr Caroline Cornish, Royal Holloway, University of London. ‘Useful or curious’? Reinventing Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany’

Jocelyn Dodd, University of Leicester.Encountering the Unexpected:  natural heritage collections & successful aging’

Prof. Dirk van Delft, Boerhaave Museum. ‘Real bones for teaching medicine

Dr. Martha Flemming, V&A Museum. Title TBC

Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven, The University of Manchester. ‘The manikin in taxidermy: modelling conceptions of nature’.

Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum. ‘Beyond ‘natural history’: museums for the 21st century’

Dr. Laurens de Rooy, Museum Vrolik, Medical and natural history collections as historical objects: a change of perspective?

Dr. Marjan Scharloo, Teylers Museum. Title TBC

Dr. Cornelia Weber, Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany. ‘Back to the Roots: University Collections as Infrastructure for Research and Teaching

Prof. Yves Winkin, Musée des arts et métiers.  An amateur director, professional curators, and a desire for a cabinet of curiosities

To book a place please visit the Manchester Museum eventbrite page

The conference is part of the programming to support Object Lessons, our upcoming exhibition celebrating the scientific model and illustration collection of George Loudon. Each of these finely crafted objects was created for the purpose of understanding the natural world through education, demonstration and display. This exhibition combines Loudon’s collection with models from Manchester Museum and World Museum, Liverpool. The conference is generously supported by the Wellcome Collection.

AIM Conference 2017 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on 22nd– 24th June.
2017 is AIM’s 40th year, so this year’s National Conference will provide a great opportunity to focus on how independents prosper under effective leadership, through inspirational stories from some of our members.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 museum professionals in the North West, except members of staff of Major Partner Museums and National Museums and the bursaries will cover travel and accommodation. Please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from what is to Alex Bird by 5PM Monday 15th May.

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

For more information contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – 07748 932680

AMA Conference Bursaries

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Four AMA conference 2017 bursaries available for people working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) are offering four bursaries for people working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage to attend this year’s AMA conference — The Value of Everything in Belfast.

Each of these four bursaries will cover up to 50% of your delegate cost. Apply for a chance to enjoy a stimulating few days, hear from worldwide thought leaders and meet 600+ like-minded arts, culture and heritage professionals.

To apply, simply:

  • Download and complete the short application form
  • Send it back to laurie@a-m-a.co.uk by Tuesday 9 May

Find out more about the AMA conference bursaries

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Museums and Heritage Show

Go along to this year’s Museums + Heritage Show (17 + 18 May, Olympia London) and hear all the latest updates! If you haven’t already, register for your FREE pass and start planning your visit now!

The Show is themed across the two days making it easier to plan your visit. Take a look at this year’s Show Preview and explore two jam-packed days of free talks, expert advice and more than 150 exhibitors.

We’re all about the more this year! Visit the Show and discover how you can generate more income (including the opportunity to win £1000), design more memorable exhibitions and experiences, be more efficient and above all attract more of those all important visitors!

As John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at ACE put it …
“It’s a completely free opportunity, why would you not go to the Museums + Heritage Show?”

So … why wouldn’t you?

Click here for a short video giving an overview of the show.

British Museum News

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

Communicating the Museum 2017 Paris

Join CTM17 Paris from 19 to 22 June 2017

Communicating the Museum, the world’s leading arts communication conference, is partnering with Paris’ most respected institutions, including the Musée du Louvre, the Grand Palais, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée d’Orsay, the Palais de Tokyo and la Monnaie de Paris, to host its 18th edition.

The theme for CTM17 Paris is the Power of Education. Over four days, 300 museum professionals will debate the changing role of education today, discussing new ideas and forging lasting partnerships. The conference will help you to navigate the changing powers of education: as part of your communications strategy, as a catalyst for fundraising, or as a fundamental part of your museum’s social mission. Experts from across the museum sector and the worlds of science, academia and business will gather to share their knowledge and experience.

Check our programme here and register here: www.communicatingthemuseum.com

Museums Computer Group’s Museums+Tech 2017 – first call for proposals

Museums+Tech 2017 will be held at the Imperial War Museum, London, on Friday 3 November 2017.

MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017: tech in a divided world

2017 is set to be a challenging year – personally, politically, economically and socially – as the Brexit referendum and international elections made long-standing divisions in society impossible to ignore. 2016 showed that what we know about the state of the world is affected by where we live, our education, and by how we get our news. Museums, too, operate in polarised societies. Our 2017 conference asks whether digital experiences, collections and exhibitions can help create a shared understanding of the world and maybe even heal some of the ruptures that emerged over the last decades.

What is the role of digital technologies and platforms, whether social media, mobile apps, websites, gallery guides, publications, podcasts, videos, or virtual or augmented reality experiences in a divided world? Can museums provide a shared space where those with a range of world views recognise themselves, or where the impact of the ‘filter bubble‘ may be reduced – and if so, can a digital experience have the same impact?

The MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017 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:

  • How your museum has responded to an external event that’s prompted new ideas for digital experiences or encounters with audiences
  • How your museum has focused on inclusivity and diverse audiences in its digital offering
  • The impact of the political climate on how you present your museum, and how digital technologies have made that easier or harder
  • Behind-the-scenes technical work and organisational change to help reach polarised audiences
  • Tips on applying for funding and working within a limited budget
  • Connecting different communities, e.g. inter-disciplinary work, through collaboration with local or international communities, libraries and archives, or non-heritage organisations and sectors
  • Lessons on creating empathy through digital experiences, perhaps from other sectors, virtual reality, etc
  • Demonstrating integrity in a ‘post-truth’ society or cutting through the noise on news or social media
  • The ability of digital platforms to unpack the ‘neutral’ museum voice and share a range of different perspectives
  • Using digital technologies to ‘break down the barriers’ of physical venues and exhibitions
  • Using digital technologies to connect visitors with each other
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Reaching audiences that don’t think of themselves as museum visitors
  • Addressing falling (physical) visitor numbers
  • And a bonus topic: in 2017, the Museums Computer Group celebrates its 35th anniversary. How different are museums in 2017 from museums 1982 because of the technologies and practices developed since then (or even since 2007)?

About Museums+Tech 2017

The MCG’s annual conference attracts speakers and participants from some of the most innovative museums, agencies and university programmes in the world. We’re keen to hear from practitioners, researchers, funders, and those from related cultural heritage and technology sectors. All submitted papers will be reviewed by experts in the field.

The conference programme will include long and short presentations, and you can suggest a length to suit your topic in the proposal form below. Short presentations are a great way for you to share useful ideas that others in the sector can try. Longer presentations let you provide a more detailed exploration of a topic or project.

Our audiences love our mixture of old and new voices. We have a great track record in presenting a diverse range of speakers, and we’ve started a profit-sharing scheme in acknowledgement of the resources required to attend and present at events. We can also provide some bursaries for speakers who would benefit from assistance with funds for travel, childcare etc. Please also read our Guidance for Speakers before submitting your proposal. Our events have a code of conduct designed to help everyone enjoy the event.

Proposals deadline

This call for proposals closes at midnight (London time) on Sunday, 30 April 2017. Our international Programme Committee will review proposals over May and you should hear from us at the start of June. If you have any questions please email us.

AIM Conference 2017 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on 22nd– 24th June.

2017 is AIM’s 40th year, so this year’s National Conference will provide a great opportunity to focus on how independents prosper under effective leadership, through inspirational stories from some of our members.

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 museum professionals in the North West, except members of staff of Major Partner Museums and National Museums and the bursaries will cover travel and accommodation. Please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from what is to Alex Bird by 5PM Monday 8th May.

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

For more information contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – 07748 932680

Call for papers: ICOM International Conference: Difficult Issues, 21 – 23 September 2017, Sweden

Call for Papers is Now Open!
Submission closes April 1, 2017
Please click here for further details on submitting an abstract for the 2017 Conference

Read the full call for papers HERE.

ICOM Germany and ICOM Nord jointly organize a conference in Helsingborg, Sweden, on September 21–23, 2017 with the theme “Difficult issues”.

Museums play a key role in creating and representing the shared cultural heritage of various communities. What is to be said about the stories museums facilitate? Why is something remembered and something else forgotten? What is highlighted, what hidden? What does restrict museums’ freedom to act and / or do we restrict ourselves? What are the roles of public and local societies? Are museums prisoners of their own familiar practices and processes?

Six national committees of the International Council of Museums – ICOM Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany – jointly invite to a conference addressing demanding issues for today’s museums and museum professionals. The conference will gather a large group of experts from these countries, where commonly shared culture and history reflect the ways we approach, collect and present cultural heritage.

Society for the History of Natural History, Women in the History of Natural Sciences Conference

The annual conference of the Society for the History of Natural History, Women in the History of Natural Sciences will be held in the Lake District, Thursday 15th – Friday 16th June 2017.

For further details please visit conference website.

A brief outline of the programme and likely speakers and subjects are listed below (this may be subject to slight change).

University of Cumbria: Ambleside campus Thursday 15th June 2017

Claire Perry on “Beatrix Potter” 

Andrea Hart: Women as natural history artists

Dr Charles Nelson: Katherine Sophia Baily: Author of The Irish flora (1833)

Dr Heleen Plaisier: Margaret Gatty (1809-1873): writer, collector, scientist 

Dr Samantha George: Entomology for Girls: Priscilla Wakefield’s and Louisa Beaufort’s Familiar Dialogues on the History and Classification of Insects   

Dr Carl Thompson: Maria Graham and Early Nineteenth-Century Polite Science

Friday 16th June 2017: Freshwater Biological Association, The Ferry Landing, Far Sawrey, access via Bowness on Windermere

Dr Mark Toogood: The role of the FBA in fostering  a large group of pioneering women aquatic biologists at a time when gender in science mattered

Catherine Duigan and Warren Kovach: Kathleen Carpenter (1891-1970), a life in fresh water

Dr Mary Morris: Dr Rosemary Lowe-McConnell (1921-2014) and Rosemary Helen Lowe-McConnell (1921-2014)                                      

Jennifer Bryant: Female phycologists. The importance of women to the study of algae.

Sara Maroske & Tom W. May (Presented by Prof. Arthur Lucas): On the threshold of mycology: Flora Martin née Campbell (1845–1923) in Australia

Al Reeve & Annie Irving:  Dr Mary E Gillham (1921-2013), a dedicated naturalist