Research Participants Required
Have you got half an hour to help with a research project?
Anja Rohde at the University of Nottingham is investigating the coins of William the Conqueror and his successor William Rufus. She is looking at what the coins reveal about life in England at the time of the Norman Conquest, and at how museums can use their collections to tell those stories.
She needs people to read some of the stories and then fill in an online questionnaire to tell her what they thought.
Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher.
To find out more about anja’s work visit:
The Atkinson’s new museum space provides, for the first time, modern display spaces with high security and environmental controls, and displays The Goodison collection of Egyptology for the first time in nearly half a century.
The collection provides unique insights to the civilisations of Ancient Egypt, but reveals much about Victorian England, presenting another strand of the history of the industrial revolution. In the 1880s Egypt was of the moment; interest in Ancient Egypt was fashionable and affordable, it was the thing for wealthy industrialists to invest in and give themselves cultural standing. It was relatively little known, and excavated material may have been more affordable at a time when classical antiquities were out of reach. It reflected a preoccupation with individual improvement; and tracing the roots of civilisation. An important narrative is the story about 19th century women as sponsors, patrons, travellers, explorers and archaeologists, without whom we would not have such remarkable collections.
The Atkinson are looking for a freelance researcher to help develop their “A Victorian Woman in Egypt – The 1887 Collecting Trip of Mrs Goodison and Rev Greville Chester” exhibition.
The exhibition will explore what it was like for Mrs Goodison to make her first visit to Egypt in 1887. It will explore travel and tourism in Egypt during the late 19th century; raise issues of the market and ethics of buying Ancient Egyptian artefacts at this time; it will also put Mrs Goodison and her collections in the broader context, not only of the other important Victorian female Egyptologists, but of other important Ancient Egyptian collections held by museums in Britain.
The freelance researcher will help The Atkinson develop this exhibition by:
- Researching and developing a Loan List of key Ancient Egyptian items acquired by Rev Chester (ideally in or around this period) from collections including the Fitzwilliam, Ashmolean, British Museum, National Museums Liverpool and Manchester Museum, consulting with key experts and curators, making research visits, developing loan requests and meeting deadlines for these loan
- Researching and developing a Loan List of key items from the Thomas Cook Archives and Science Museum Group photo library, negotiating image rights, developing loan requests and meeting deadlines for these loan requests.
- Researching and developing a Loan List of key items from the collections of Bolton Museum, West Park Museum, Macclesfield, and Towneley Hall, Burnley and possibly the Petrie Museum, University College, London.
- Supporting The Atkinson’s Curatorial team to develop an exhibition interpretation strategy, that will inform panels, labels, website and other content
- Supporting The Atkinson’s Learning team to develop a dynamic and wide-ranging public engagement programme to run alongside this exhibition.
- Supporting The Atkinson’s Marketing and Audience Development team to develop media and public interest in the exhibition.
- Supporting The Atkinson’s Director in fundraising and income generation for this exhibition.
The successful applicant will have specialist knowledge of Egyptology and of working with collections. They should also be fascinated by the history of collectors, museum collections and collecting as well as museum objects. They will have or be working towards a post-graduate qualification in Egyptology or a closely related subject area. They will also be highly self-motivated, organised and a fantastic communicator, who can work effectively as a member of a team.
The contract will start as soon as possible and run for approximately 6 months with an available budget of £6000 + VAT; including travel costs and expenses.
To Apply, please send or email your CV, plus a covering letter (up to 2 pages) setting out your experience, suitability and interest for the role, the names and addresses of two contactable referees; to:
Museum, Galleries & Operations,
Applications must be received by noon on 25th April 2016. Late applications cannot be considered, as The Atkinson will be shortlisting and notifying candidates on the same day.
Share Academy would like to invite museum professionals to share there experiences of working with universities and higher education colleges. If you have had students or researchers using your collection, they would love to hear from you.
Share Academy are currently editing a blog for a research project n partnership with the National Coordinating Centre For Public Engagement. This project will look at partnerships between higher education institutions and museums, as part of this they are inviting museums, and universities to share there experiences with Share Academy, as well as peers and anyone who may be interested.
If you have a case study or an opinion piece you would like Share Academy to publish, please send them to Katie Dent at Share Academy Pieces should ideally be between 500 and 1000 words.
Details of the WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme are now available on the ICOM UK website. The scheme is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.
The travel grants will enable recipients to undertake an international research visit in 2016 to museums and/or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face. The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and/or projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world. Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international travel as part of their work.
The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000. Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium.
The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website.
Applications open: Thursday 15th October 2015
Deadline for applications: 12:00 on Friday 30th October 2015
Successful applicants notified: w/c 16th November 2015
For any questions about the scheme, contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator, email@example.com
A series of one-day workshops will take place across England between September 2015 and January 2017 for regional and local museums and galleries who are embarking on international work, or interested in finding out more about it.
Focussing on a particular theme or topic, the WIRP Workshops will enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of participants to develop international work, and provide information and advice on how to do so.
Relevant case studies will be presented alongside facilitated group work, and participants will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers.
The following WIRP Workshops are now open for booking:
International Touring Exhibitions & Loans – Tuesday 22 September 2015, MShed, Bristol
Working with China – Wednesday 14 October 2015, York Castle Museum
Working with India – Monday 9 November 2015, Imperial War Museum, London
The fee for each workshop is £35 with a discounted fee of £25 for small organisations with less than 20,000 visitors per year. The fee includes refreshments, lunch, and a delegate pack.
Places are limited so early booking through Eventbrite is advised.
Thursday 2 July 2015
Lecture Room, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
As museums’ in-house resources come under more pressure, the museum sector is looking for new ways to create and record collection knowledge. This seminar will look at real-life examples of innovative ways of researching art collections, local and national, by engaging scholars, non-art experts and members of the public.
11.00 Welcome and coffee
11.20 Andrew Greg, Director of the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP) at the University of Glasgow, will introduce its origins and achievements. NIRP has brought together academic expertise and specialist collections, with funding from a range of international sources, to create the online database ‘NICE Paintings; the National Inventory of Continental European Paintings.’ http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/NIRP/index.php
NIRP has worked with hundreds of museum collections across the UK. Two of its researchers for ‘NIRP in the North’, based at the Walker Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, will talk about their work, highlighting how the particular circumstances of their respective collections informed their research methodology, its problems and achievements, and some significant new findings.
11.40 Joseph Sharples, NIRP researcher based at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
12.20 Marion Richards, NIRP researcher working at Manchester Art Gallery.
1.00 – 2.00 lunch (not provided)
2.00 Jacqueline Arundel, project manager, Margaret Race and Veronica McDonnell will talk about the HLF-funded ‘Tagging the Treasures’ research project at Lytham St Annes, in which members of FyldeDFAS, the Friends of Lytham St Annes Art Collection and other volunteers are researching and cataloguing the town’s art collection. http://www.lythamstannesartcollection.org/
2.40 Andrew Greg has also worked with the Public Catalogue Foundation helping design and implement ‘Tagger’ and ‘Art Detective’ and he will explain the need, methodology and outcomes of these pioneering and award-winning projects. ‘Tagger’ is creating search terms for the Your Paintings database of all 210,000 paintings in public ownership in the UK; ‘Art Detective’ engages the general public as well as art historians and experts in other fields in helping identify the artists and subjects of mystery paintings in UK public collections. http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artdetective/ and http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/
3.20 Ruth Shrigley, until recently Principal Manager: Collections Access at Manchester Art Gallery, will give us a tour of new displays in the gallery and highlight the role played in new research and displays by the National Gallery Curatorial Trainee supported by the Art Fund.
To sign up for the seminar send an email with names and full contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff of Accredited Museums in the North West can reclaim travel expenses from Museums Development North West by contacting email@example.com.
‘NIRP in the North’ is based at the University of Glasgow and is funded by the Kress Foundation, the John Ellerman Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust. Engaging Research has also been supported by Manchester Art Gallery and Museums Development North West.
New research by BritainThinks puts heritage at the heart of improving quality of life across the UK over past 20 years.
To coincide with 20 years of investment into the UK’s heritage amounting to over £6billion, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) commissioned BritainThinks to conduct in-depth research in 12 towns and cities representative of the UK population. The aim was to better understand the public’s view of that National Lottery investment and to see to what extent it had made places better to live and work in or visit.
80% think local heritage makes their area a better place to live
64% think heritage has improved in recent years in terms of how well it is looked after and what it has to offer
50% answered 7 or more out of 10 when…
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The University of Cambridge are undertaking a study of donations boxes and whether or not location and how it looks influences public giving.
For more information on how to participate please see the flyer.
Please note that the deadline for information has been extended to Friday 4th July.