Tagged: Partnerships

Export Opportunity: History Museum Partnership Sought by Museum Based in Chengdu, China

Deadline: Thursday 1st March

A museum wants to partner with a history museum in the UK.

You must:

– have a focus on prehistoric cultures. 

– be interested in co-hosting temporary exhibitions across China and the UK

The exhibition to be hosted in China is expected to:

– be themed around the classical civilisations of an ancient region, excluding Maya, Egypt and Rome 

– available for exhibiting from 2020 onwards.

The museum hosts a series of imported exhibitions that explore ancient history.

Each exhibition explores the span of an ancient civilisation.

It has worked with museums in Italy, Canada, and France.

More details on this opportunity can be found here.


WomensWork100 at the First World War Centenary Partnership

In Spring 2018 the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM, will present WomensWork100. This international programme of exhibitions, events, activities, creative responses, personal stories and digital resources will recognise and celebrate the working lives of women during the First World War and beyond showing how women, often unknowingly, pressed for progress in their working lives, against the backdrop of the struggle for female suffrage.

We want organisations to take part in #WomensWork100. As well as offering a unique set of digital resources, we will run a vibrant digital campaign and present Partnership events across the country, from 6 February 2018 to International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

If you have stories to share of the working lives of women in the First World War, we want to hear from you. Organisations can register online to get involved, and tell us about your WomensWork100 connection. The Centenary Partnership team will be in touch with you shortly.

WomensWork100 is open to members of the First World War Centenary Partnership – find out more at:  www.1914.org/news/womenswork100-at-the-first-world-war-centenary-partnership.

If you have any questions, please email the Partnership team on extranet1914@iwm.org.uk.

Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI)

Call for Participation

A project associated with the Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI) is being conducted to support a preliminary investigation into the possibility of a website to link museums with researchers. To do this, the views of academics and museum staff are needed to form the basis of the work.

Such a site would allow museums to promote their lesser known collections or objects to researchers whilst also enabling researchers to seek specific items or information from museums, particularly smaller regional establishments.

The survey is available here and should only take a couple of minutes to fill in.

Focus groups are being held to discuss the subject further in York and Leeds in the week beginning 4 December, if you would be interested in attending please contact Kate Stephenson at kepstephenson@gmail.com.

The World Cycling Revival Seeks Museum Partners To Celebrate 200 Years Of The Bicycle

The World Cycling Revival, a new festival of cycling, its glamour and its history, will be taking place in June 2018 at the Herne Hill Velodrome in London. The event will be a high-end heritage sporting, music and lifestyle festival celebrating 200 years of the bicycle and the organisers are working in partnership with the National Cycle Museum. They are now looking for other independent museums and collections to work with to create world-class exhibitions at the first event next year. More news can be found on the AIM website.

Museum-University Partnership symposium

Thursday 2nd November
11:00am to 3:30pm
Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ

Have you ever worked with a university or a museum to deliver a great project? From student interns to public engagement; collections research to new exhibitions; R&D in museum contexts; one off events to long term partnerships – we want to hear from you.

The Museum-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) is an ACE-funded project that seeks to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between small museums and university academics. We believe that there is lots of potential in museums and universities working together, and are keen to help support new partnerships and initiatives. Over the last 8 months we have been running MUPI Match events, offering opportunities for museums and universities to develop partnerships, and over 70 projects have been initiated across the UK.

In addition to the MUPI Match events we are developing resources to support others wanting to develop museum-university partnerships. This symposium is an opportunity for museum staff and volunteers and academics to come together to:

  • Celebrate and share great examples of partnership working
  • Inform the development of resources to help support effective partnership working including navigating funding; matchmaking potential partners; and tools for partnership development
  • Explore what else needs to happen to encourage mutually beneficial museum-university partnerships now and in the future

Whether you have years of experience, or are just getting started, why not come and join us?

Register for this event


A small number of travel bursaries are available for museum representatives. Please email lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk for further details.

British Museum Opportunities

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.


Civilisations Festival

Register your interest with this exciting partnership between museums and galleries and the BBC

It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking programme, the new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents.

The Civilisations Festival will run alongside the series in Spring 2018. We are inviting museums, galleries and libraries to schedule events to spark debate, broaden understanding and share ideas about what is meant by the term civilisation.

The content of the events is up to your organisation. It could be a debate or a keynote speech, a performance or a hands-on workshop using an item from your collection as the starting point.

Branding will be supplied so that you can let your visitors know that the event is part of the Civilisations Festival. Curators and speakers could be invited as guests on the BBC’s programmes. In some cases, stations may decide to cover your event in an outside broadcast.

The festival runs from Friday 2 March to Friday 11 March. Register your organisation’s interest by emailing civilisations@bbc.co.uk.

Find out more at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.

‘Working Across Boundaries’ National MUPI Match event

Museum-University Partnerships Initiative
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Cinema Museum, London

The Museum-University Partnership Initiative have their final ACE funded MUPI Match event for museums and universities taking place at the end of July.  As we know, the potential for museum-university partnerships can transcend local and regional boundaries; with collections, knowledge, skills, and experiences that can contribute to projects between museums and universities across England.  Therefore, this final MUPI Match event is dedicated to supporting potential projects across England, so museums and academics from Bournemouth to Berwick, Portsmouth to Preston, and Whitstable to Wakefield, can explore potential partnerships together.

MUPI Match events have proved to be a successful way for museums to network with academics, and develop mutually beneficial project ideas.  As part of this event we have a small grants fund of £6000 to distribute; the fund can seed fund, and support, museums and academics to explore their partnership ideas further.  The previous MUPI Match events have so far seed funded over 60 museum/university partnerships, between 65 museums and 43 universities.

Whilst we are open to all museum/university partnerships, based on the previous 10 MUPI Matches we are encouraging applications from people/organisations that are interested in the following themes:

  • Using new technologies in cultural heritage settings e.g. mapping, 3D modelling, big data, innovative ways to animate and rethink collections, R&D in ‘real world’ situations
  • Engaging new audiences – from student placements to non-traditional specialist audiences
  • Migration, politics, activism

The event is on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at the Cinema Museum.  This event is free and you can register for it on the NCCPE website.

If you have any questions about MUPI Match events please contact Paddy McNulty, MUPI Match Museums Consultant via paddy@paddymcnulty.co.uk

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

Arts& Heritage News


10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.

The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.

The 10 artists and museums are:

Artist                                                  Museum

Matt Stokes                                        Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

Owl Project                                         Prescot Museum, Knowsley

Brass Art                                             Chetham’s Library, Manchester

David Appleyard                               Norton Priory, Cheshire

Serena Partridge                               Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

Magnus Quaife                                   Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan      Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre

Lynn Setterington                               Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh        Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

Martin Hylton                                       Lion Salt Works, Cheshire

Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.  

“The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”

The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.

The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.

Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”

Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”

Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”

The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.

The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.

More details are available at www.artsandheritage.org.uk.


MUPI Match North West: Museum & University Partnership Initative


Manchester Museum
Register for this event
Friday 17th February 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm

Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Manchester (see here for a map and directions)

Would you like to get involved in a museum and university partnership? Are you based in the North West and keen to meet museums and academics in your region to network and develop new ideas? Then why not take part in a MUPI Match event…

It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.

However finding a partner, and having resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.

How to get involved

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum (or one working towards Accreditation) or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from across an ACE region; free to participate in; and interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special.

Please follow the registration link above to apply for a place at the North West Region MUPI Match event.

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.