10 January 2018

Queer Legacies: Transforming Practice in Museums and Galleries post-2017.

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Topics to be addressed include:
Have LGBTQ collaborations and events in the museum and gallery sector during 2017 created a permanent legacy?  Have they helped to challenge and change the ways in which museums and galleries look at and share their collections, how they operate and how they collaborate with diverse communities?  The conference explores the challenges and successes of projects over the past year, from the point of view of museums, galleries and the communities with which they have collaborated, and the legacy that is transforming the ways in which the sector works.

Speakers include:
Matt Smith (Chair): Artist and curator. In 2015-16 he was Ceramicist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Solo exhibitions include Queering the Museum at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (2010-11) and Other Stories at the University of Leeds (2012). He holds a PhD in Queer Craft from the University of Brighton and is Professor of Crafts at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies.
Mirjam Sneeurloper and Maik Mirkovic on Transmission (2015-16) at Amsterdam Museum;
Beth Asbury, Clara Barker and Jozie Kettle on Out in Oxford (GLAM Oxford); 
Martin Pel, Ellie Newland and members of the Project’s Youth Team on Wear it Out: Queer Looks at Brighton Museum;
E-J Scott on the Museum of Transology at Brighton Museum; 
Clare Barlow on Queer British Art, Tate Britain;
Alice Cox on Refracted at Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth;
Mark Wilson and Vivien Walsh on Never Going Underground at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

Further details can be found and bookings made via the Eventbrite page.

For enquiries, please contact the Booking Office at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, tel 03000 290900


20 December 2017

Call for Papers Folklore Society: Working Life: Belief, Custom, Ritual and Narrative

27th — 29th April 2018

  • 14:00—14:00
  • Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX

Working Life: Belief, Custom, Ritual, Narrative
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Folklore Society's April conference 2018 will take place at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
Submissions are invited for papers that explore a range of themes, customs, narratives, traditions and beliefs relating to the working life. Proposals of 100-150 words, for presentations of 20 minutes, should be emailed by 7 January 2018 to: thefolkloresociety@gmail.com and copied to enquiries@folklore-society.com. Please include a brief biographical note, including contact details.
Contributions are invited from scholars across the fields of folklore studies, anthropology, cultural studies, ethnology and other related disciplines.
Both members and non-members of The Folklore Society are warmly encouraged to offer papers at this conference.
Themes for discussion might include, but are not limited to:
·       Calendar festivals and working life
·       Working life and the narrative tradition
·       Work songs and occupational identities in ballads and popular poetry
·       Special practices at work – rites of conclusion, taboo expressions
·       Apprenticeship and initiation rituals, trade processions and myths of origin
·       Traditional humour about trades and professions
·       Informal rules of work, office jokes and sanctioned perks
·       The use of custom, omens, mascots and other lore as a bargaining tool with employers
·       Themes from work in folk art, murals and vernacular architecture

18 December 2017

Art Fund New Collection Awards open for application

Art Fund launches the fourth round of New Collecting Awards.

The New Collecting Awards programme aims to support curators across the UK to build critical professional skills by pursuing new avenues of collecting for their museums. Offering 100% funding for focused collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or to deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways. Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs to facilitate their proposed collecting plans and professional development.

Over the last two years the Art Fund have awarded 17 awards totalling £1million for acquisition projects ranging from Modernist jewellery to cartographic material. Typical grant awards fall between £50,000 and £80,000. Applications are welcome from curators who are in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect. 

The deadline for applications is 13 February 2018. Please see here for further information on aims, eligibility and how to apply, and here for details of previous awardees and mentors. 



27 November 2017

PhD opportunities with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Collecting Papua New Guinea; what, where, when, why, and how
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has an extensive collection of material culture and archival material from Papua New Guinea collected from the 1920s until the 1980s by missionaries, colonial administrators, and aid development workers. It includes clothing, body adornment, ritual paraphernalia, domestic utensils, ceramics, musical instruments, and archival records.  The aim of the PhD is to enhance curatorial methodologies for collections interrogation and to challenge the role of museums in a post-colonial world. It will make a valuable contribution to understanding changing collection practices; material culture evolution in practice; the relationship between collections and archives; the role of the collector in cultural development of the source community; the role material culture plays in representing a society and the stories they tell about that society.
Academic Contact:  Dr Tamar Hodos, University of Bristol – t.hodos@bristol.ac.uk
Collections Contact: Lisa Graves, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – Lisa.Graves@bristol.gov.uk
This is in partnership with the University of Exeter (contact: Professor Linda Hurcombe – L.M.Hurcombe@exeter.ac.uk)

For further information and how to apply visit the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website. 

31 October 2017

Decolonising the Museum in Practice: Remaining Relevant in the Contemporary World




Call for Papers 

Annual Museum Ethnographers Group Conference 

Pitt Rivers MuseumAshmolean Museum and St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

12 – 13 April 2018

How do Ethnographic/World museums ensure that what they bring to society matters? Are our practices changing to ensure that what we programme, teach, collect and display is meaningful? What brings contemporary audiences to our museums and do we enable them to find inspiration, enchantment and knowledge that is of direct relevance to them? We are all grappling with the complexities of our institutional histories of collecting and representation but what does it actually mean to decolonise museum spaces and practices? We hope to address some of the following questions:

  • Can ethnographic collections be used to help in reckoning with the echoes of colonialism that still resonate in the contemporary world?
  • How do we as museum practitioners empower indigenous communities to shape a decolonised future through the interpretation of a colonised past?
  • How do Commonwealth countries fit into the discourse of decolonisation?
  • How do we resist and avoid the reproduction of colonial taxonomies in displaying ethnographic material?
  • How could such collections be interpreted in facing societal challenges such as mass human displacement, questions of identity and belonging, well-being and in addressing the wider global societal divide?
  • What alternatives has the 20th and 21st century museum landscape brought us?
  • Where do museums established during independence, and in former occupied       territories stand today?
  • Do such museums need physical collections and spaces? What do digital museums offer? 
  • Can ethnographic museums move beyond their tendency to represent cultural ‘others’ and their conventional focus on (often colonial) ‘non-Western’ geographies?
  • What would that mean for collecting in the contemporary?
  • In what way do institutional frameworks enable/limit experimentation and  innovation?

We would like to invite case studies of contemporary practice or past museum practise, including an open review of the challenges and opportunities experienced.  We warmly invite proposals for papers discussing work aimed at making museums more inclusive spaces. We hope to see both best and worst practice cases openly brought to the fore and anticipate that the meeting will give ample opportunity for people to engage, reflect and be inspired by current examples that are challenging the status quo in Ethnographic/World Museums. We especially encourage and welcome papers offered by colleagues from post-colonial studies, migration studies, new technologies, archaeology, history and cultural studies. 

Two standard formats are available for presenters: a full conference paper to last twenty minutes and a shorter ten-minute work in progress presentation. We also welcome A2 posters to be displayed throughout the conference. Please send 200 word abstracts by email to Faye Belsey no later than Monday 22nd JanuaryFull details on registration, accommodation and the conference programme will be released in February 2018. The Museum Ethnographers Group is a charity and is unable offer any financial support to speakers. All papers must be presented in English. Conference papers will be considered for inclusion in the Journal of Museum Ethnography. 

30 October 2017

Job Vacancy: Project Manager

Project Manager
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.
An experienced Project Manager is required to take overall responsibility for coordinating the preparation and movement of reserve museum collections from their current location into two other locations, and for working with University Estates to complete the suitable storage facility.
The Project Manager (PM) will work with staff of the four University Museums to plan and deliver the removal of a range of museum collections from the Old Power Station (OPS), within budget and within a defined timescale. The largest collections in the OPS are cared for by the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of the History of Science but some material cared for by the Ashmolean and the OU Museum of Natural History were also held there. Each collection has distinct requirements and the PM will need to work with museum staff (who will prepare and pack artefacts) to be sensitive to the needs of the collections for movement and re-storage and, if necessary, to manage expectations as to what the project can deliver.
This is a complex project requiring the PM to liaise closely with museum staff to facilitate and support the preparation of artefacts for the move, planning logistics required for the process, and also to represent museum requirements to University Estate Services. The PM will be first point of contact for the Museums for Estates Services which includes Security, Repairs and Maintenance, minor and capital works. He/she will be responsible for ensuring that the budgeted plan is delivered. The PM will also be responsible for health and safety and security for all the spaces involved in the project.
This is a full- time post (part- time hours will be considered), fixed-term for 12 months.
You will be required to upload a full CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 November 2017 can be considered.
Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017.
Apply here
Contact Person : Dr Laura Van BroekhovenVacancy ID : 131625
Contact Phone : 01865 613013Closing Date : 09-Nov-2017
Contact Email : laura.vanbroekhoven@prm.ox.ac.uk

Job Vacancy: team leader Pitt Rivers Museum reserve collection move

Team Leader - Pitt Rivers Museum Reserve Collections Move
Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 5: £24,983 - £29,799 p.a.
We are seeking an experienced Team Leader for a fixed period to lead a project team and coordinate the final stages of packing and relocating a significant reserve collection currently housed in a large split-level off-site warehouse facility.
This role is fixed-term until 30 June 2018
The Team Leader will be required to manage the project team and oversee the documentation, packing, transport and storage of objects in a safe manner, to standard and within the project deadline. The post will be based in a warehouse environment and requires standing, regularly using stairs, and lifting objects and packed boxes.
Full details of the post are available in the job description. The essential requirements include experience of working in a museum or equivalent heritage site; understanding, knowledge and experience of handling and packing complex and delicate organic artefacts and familiarity with the principles of museum security, museum storage of objects, museum conservation and handling of museum objects; experience of supervising, managing and motivating staff and a proven ability to work effectively and constructively as part of a team.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 November 2017
Apply here
Contact Person : Marina de AlarconVacancy ID : 131675
Contact Phone : 01865 613002Closing Date : 16-Nov-2017
Contact Email : marina.dealarcon@prm.ox.ac.uk