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Theatre Company Seeks Museums To Showcase Play About The Normandy Veterans

A new play, ‘Bomb Happy’, built from the verbatim testimonies of the last remaining York Normandy Veterans by playwright Helena Fox as a legacy to their experiences is looking to tour museums in 2017/18.

The play which has been specially written for non-theatre spaces, follows the often harrowing accurate first hand experiences of these ordinary young conscripts as they set out for Normandy & attempt to liberate France & beyond.

For more information or for booking enquiries please contact everwitch@outlook.com or see here


Transformers Places Available Across UK

The Museums Association’s (MA) Transformers programme, aimed at mid-career museum professionals and supporting both individual and organisational change, will be available across the UK thanks to support from sector bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The programme consists of three strands. Strand one will offer intensive support to participants to develop, test and implement a radical change project over 12 months, focusing on new ideas, innovation and problem solving.

Strand two will offer participants two intensive learning days focused on change management, partnership working, dealing with fear, and influencing, and is informed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s (PHF) Our Museum project with support from the PHF.

And strand three will provide support for 20 mid-career practitioners from diverse backgrounds to navigate the shifting sands of a career in museums, equipping them with the tools needed to negotiate and influence within their organisations, supporting the next generation of diverse leadership

In partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland, the MA will offer one place on strand one, four on strand two, and two on strand three in Scotland. In partnership with the Welsh government and the Welsh Federation, the MA will offer one place on strand one, eleven on strand two and one on strand three in Wales. And in partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), the MA will offer one place on strand one and four places on strand two in Northern Ireland.

In partnership with Arts Council England, the MA will offer 16 places on strand one, 130 on strand two, and 20 on strand three in England.

For further information, pleaser see here.

Call For Papers: Feminism And Museums

MuseumsEct invite international submissions for their forthcoming book, Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change, which we’ll be publishing next year (2017), to be edited by Dr Jenna Ashton (Manchester Metropolitan University). Proposals should be submitted by Monday 21 November 2016. Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues who may have a special interest.

A copy of the full Call for Papers may be downloaded here.

This year, feminist activists The Guerrilla Girls stage their latest exhibition (and first in the UK), showcasing a survey of 400 European galleries and revealing that museums still fail to reflect the full diversity of art activity and art history. The anonymous art collective’s methods of disruption range from site-specific protests and performances to research, publications, posters and billboards. All the while remaining anonymous in their gorilla masks.

Many other feminist curatorial projects continue to challenge the exclusion or misrepresentation of women’s histories and cultural activities. As long ago as 1913, in the first disruptive feminist act, three suffragettes attacked a number of pictures in Manchester Art Gallery as part of the campaign for women’s votes. More recently, artists such as Judy Chicago have created activist pieces aiming to redress the absence of women’s creativity and cultural heritage in museums; while academics such as Linda Nochlin in her seminal essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Have analysed the sexual politics underpinning the exclusion of women from cultural canons.

Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change will bring together case studies and analyses of recent feminist actions, interventions and disruptions which aim to directly impact and influence collecting, interpretation and engagement activities in museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

The aims of the publication are:

  • To encourage and facilitate feminist practice by sharing examples of success and positive experience in the museum and heritage sector.
  • To evaluate the impact and results of feminist practices and actions in the museum and heritage sector.

They welcome international proposals for both (longer) chapters and (briefer) case studies from museum, gallery and heritage professionals, academics and researchers. Proposals from those with practical experience of assessing and evaluating outcomes in this field are particularly welcome, as are contributions which present the practical experience of innovative programmes, or the results of the impact of new initiatives.

  • Aspects of interest include – but are not limited to – innovations and successes in any of the following areas:
  • Curatorial and collecting decisions and initiatives
  • Positive innovations in the fields of management, marketing, interpretation, exhibitions, digital, outreach and other key aspects of museum and heritage work.
  • Successful changes to institutional structures, policies or practices
  • The discovery and presentation of hidden her stories
  • Positive engagement with voluntary or activist women’s organisations
  • The impact of organisations founded or managed on a feminist ethos
  • Artist interventions

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please submit a proposal and a short biography (in Microsoft Word format). Proposals should be 300-500 words in length and biographies 100-200 words.

You can propose to submit either a chapter or a case study. Chapters will be 4000-6000 words in length. Case studies will be 1000-2000 words. The inclusion of images is encouraged. Please prepare your proposal with these parameters in mind. The work should not have been published elsewhere and all contributions must be submitted in English – translation services will not be provided.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 21 November 2016. Please email your proposal to both the editor: jca.curator@gmail.com and the publishers: proposals@museumsetc.com. Any queries in advance of submission should be sent to the editor.

Feminism and Museums will be published by museumsetc in print and digital editions in 2017. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 21 November 2016, with contributors being notified on 5 december 2016

Network Created For Museums Celebrating Gender Equality Milestones in 2018

The Museums Association (MA) has created an informal network for museums with plans to commemorate the anniversaries of several gender equality milestones in 2018, including the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which saw voting rights granted to women for the first time.

The 1918 act enfranchised women over 30 who met certain property ownership requirements, and extended the vote to almost all men over the age of 21. It laid the path for the introduction of universal suffrage ten years later, which saw women win equal voting rights to men.

2018 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the women’s strike at Ford Dagenham, which led to the eventual introduction of the Equal Pay Act in 1970, and the 130th anniversary of the matchwomen’s strike, which saw women take collective action against hazardous working conditions and poor pay.

Due to the level of interest among museums in celebrating these anniversaries, the MA’s director Sharon Heal has decided to establish the network to enable institutions to come together and share knowledge, information and ideas.

A number of museums are planning events for 2018, including the East End Women’s Museum in London, which is in the planning stages and will open to coincide with the anniversaries in 2018, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and St Fagan’s Museum of National History in Wales.

The Royal Holloway, University of London, plans to launch a three-year citizen’s project in January 2017 to work with museums, archives and historical societies to identify, map and curate local stories about the struggle for women’s suffrage.

(Via The Museums Association)

GEM Learning and Sharing Centre

Arts Council England provides the Group for Education in Museums with £168K of Museum Resilience Funding for new LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE.

Thanks to £168,000 of Arts Council England (ACE) funding confirmed today, the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) will set up a new permanent LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE (LSC) for all those in the cultural sector that are involved in education. Through a range of face-to-face meetings and online digital resources, the LSC will equip museum staff with the skills they need. 

The LSC will build upon existing best practice to provide training and continuous professional development (CPD) at all levels. It will encourage the workforce to network, and share experiences, skills and knowledge, and provide mentors to support museum learning. The LSC will also develop distance learning courses, and set up a new online signpost to help staff find relevant training opportunities.

GEM’s partners in this project are the SW Museum Federation, Tyne & Wear Museums, engage, Association for Heritage Interpretation, and University College London. We will also collaborate with the Association of Independent Museums, CapeUK, other Bridges, Museum Federations and Development Services to ascertain training needs, and disseminate learning.

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. It is really important that museum staff are equipped with the skills they need to be successful. And so we are really pleased to support GEM as it establishes the LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE.”

Dr John Stevenson (GEM Trustee and LSC Project Director) said, “Thanks to ACE Museum Resilience Funding the LEARNING AND SHARING CENTRE will meet the needs of today’s workforce and help to ensure that GEM has a sustainable future.”

For further information please contact:
Dr John Stevenson (GEM Trustee and LSC Project Director)
Tel: 01634 853424; Mob: 07917 565 342
GEM, 54 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PG

Museums at Night Evaluation

Over 500 events took place across the UK for the Museums at Night festival in May. If you held an event then Culture24 would love to hear your feedback!  You can submit comments and visitor numbers via their survey which is available here.

If you’re interested in hosting an event, the festival will return from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October, and all are welcome to take part.  To find out more about Museums at Night please visit their website here.

Competition Opens to Host Great Exhibition of the North

The opening of the competition to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 has been announced by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

Towns and cities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire are invited to bid to host the two-month exhibition, which will celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. The exhibition will showcase the great creative and cultural sectors across the North, to help boost the economy in the region

The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition itself and a further £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Great Exhibition of North is a fantastic opportunity to promote the very best of Northern art, culture and design. Investment in our arts and culture not only benefits these sectors but, as we have seen from Hull being named UK City of Culture 2017, can drive regeneration of whole towns and cities.”

The competition will close in June this year and the chosen venue will be announced in the Autumn.

For further information, please see here.

DCMS Launches Culture White Paper

From DCMS:

Government launches strategy to help ensure the arts, culture and heritage are open to all

  • The Culture White Paper is the first strategy for arts and culture in more than 50 years
  • Includes new expectation from Government that all publicly-funded arts organisations must increase access for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Thousands of children from poorer families to benefit from new cultural scheme giving them behind-the-scenes access to the arts
  • Great Place scheme will put culture at the centre of local decision-making
  • Reviews of Museums, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund to begin

All arts organisations that receive public money must show they are reaching out and increasing access for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help find the stars of tomorrow and open arts and culture up for all, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today.

The move is part of a groundbreaking Culture White Paper published by the Government today. It is the first comprehensive Government strategy for the sector in more than fifty years and aims to boost access to arts, heritage and culture to help improve social mobility and increase life chances across the country.

The Culture White Paper sets out an expectation for the first time that every Government-funded museum, theatre, gallery, opera house and arts group should reach out to everyone, regardless of their background. Arts Council England will regularly report to Government on the progress being made.

For more information visit the DCMS website

Invitation to Take Part in Consultation on the Future of Lancashire Museums

As Lancashire county council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge, over the next five years the council needs to make savings of £262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued cuts in funding by Government, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has provided a Museum Service for the communities of Lancashire and its visitors since the early 1970s. LCC owns and manages the following museums: Judges Lodgings; Helmshore Mills Textile Museum Whitaker’s Mill); Queen Street Textile Museum; and the Museum of Lancashire. We also manage the Fleetwood Maritime Museum which is leased from Wyre Borough Council.

There is a proposal that from 31 March 2016 the following five museums will close: Fleetwood Museum; Helmshore Mills Textile Museum; Judges’ Lodgings Museum; Museum of Lancashire; and Queen Street Mill Textile Museum.

The museum service is working with partners, other organisations and local people to explore a range of options in an effort to ensure that the county council’s legacy of investment and commitment to the preservation of its heritage continues.

Lancashire county council ask that you share your views about the museums service you want in the area. To do so, please complete this questionnaire.

Museums Association Code Of Ethics

The MA has acted as the guardian of UK museum ethics since the first Codes of Practice and Conduct were introduced in 1977. These were updated in 1987, 1991, 2002 and 2007.

The updated version of the Code of Ethics outlines ethical principles for all museums in the UK and was agreed at the Museums Association’s annual general meeting on Thursday 5 November 2015, following an 18-month consultation process during 2014-15.

The new code espouses three essential principles: public engagement and public benefit; stewardship of collections; and individual and institutional integrity.

The development of this code has been a collaborative process involving representatives from across the museum sector, funders, interest groups, members of the public and other stakeholders.

This document represents the general consensus of the sector on the ethical standards that are expected of all museums and those who work in and with them.

For further information, please see here.