21 February 2017

Social History Curator's Group Call for Papers

Annual Conference 2017 'Changing Tides'
Reading Museum, Reading Town Hall, The University of Reading and The Museum of English Rural Life
29th and 30th June 2017 

Call for contributions, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions and other presentations on the theme of: Museums and Cultural Identity in a post-2016 landscape

Guidance on topics for discussion
2016 has been a monumental year for the world as a whole and the effects of its events on museums are likely to be wide-ranging in their consequences. The vote for Brexit and the moves to both the left and the right of the political spectrum across the world will all have a significant effect on visitors, museums and how we adapt to stay relevant in the future.
In a world where nationalism is noticeably rising, how is your museum adapting in order to stay relevant?

How are you as a museum professional helping your museum adapt to the changes? What is being done successfully that will give your organisation more resilience for the future in this new landscape? How do you think museums should think about the withdrawal of EU funding in deprived areas?

We’d like to know how you are responding to this unprecedented and unpredictable future for the sector, and share this with fellow delegates.
Some example ideas are below:

·      Representing the people
o   How do we avoid alienating those with alternative viewpoints on our identity and ensure that museums are a place for everyone?
o   What can museums do to ensure that cultural identity remains relevant to various communities?

·      The effects of political change
o   Presentations that allow us to see how Brexit is, has or will affect a museum or group of museums
o   What impact can large-scale shifts across the political spectrum have on the museums and heritage sector

·      Riding out the storm
o   How do we become more resilient as a sector and how do we implement such changes in order to stay relevant?
o   What does the future hold for the sector if it doesn’t respond to changes on the political landscape?

The quick-fire round!
Do you have an issue relating to the changing Cultural Identities of the world that you want to debate in just three minutes? Following the success of the inaugural quick-fire round in 2016, SHCG invites 6 delegates to each present a 3-minute paper on their issue, the dilemma it presented, how they approached it and ultimately the outcome of situation.
Following the presentations, all 6 speakers will then facilitate group discussions which will aim to give delegates practical advice and guidance, how to (or how not to) face issues in all areas of museum practice and at all career levels.

If you think you have an interesting idea to submit, please complete the application form at the end of this document.

2017 conference
This year we’re looking for any presentation, talk or concept that relates to the topics outlined above in the guidance. The more thought provoking, unusual, practical and insightful the better.

If you have an idea that you think might be appropriate for this conference, we encourage you to submit it as we’ll read and review every application. We believe that insights into how others are working, their successes, their failure and their practices can be of benefit to many others within the wider museum and cultural community.

Contributors are invited to offer perspectives from local, national, international or global context. Contributions that are presented in an a different, interactive or discussion, way will be happily accepted and we keen to accept more contributions that are seen as showing ‘out of the box’ thinking and allow delegates to reflect and think about Social History Curation and its future.

Important dates
·     Please complete the submission form below and return it to Nick Sturgess and Becca Lucas at conferenceshcg@gmail.com by the 25th February 2017.
·     All applicants will be notified by the 4th March 2017.

·      The decision of the conference panel is final. Only one person from each presentation or workshop submission will be given a free day delegate place for the day that they are speaking. Speakers for the Quick Fire Round will not presentation do not qualify for a free place on the day they are speaking. Speakers travel costs will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £100. Unfortunately we are unable to provide additional fees, subsistence costs or accommodation for speakers

The Social History Curators Group is a membership organisation dedicated to improving the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.

Our annual conference is open to all and aims to facilitate the sharing of skills and experiences, and provoke debate around a current theme affecting our members through presentations, interactive workshops and tours.

For full details visit the Social History Curators website. 

9 February 2017

Job Vacancy: Part time Head of Conservation, Pitt Rivers Museum

Part-time Head of Conservation
Pitt Rivers Museum,
Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 p.a. (pro rata)

The Museum seeks a Head of Conservation who will be responsible for managing all aspects of conservation and collections care of approximately 300,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, plus an equal number of photographs and manuscripts. As a member of the Pitt Rivers Museum strategic planning team, the Head of Conservation contributes to the development and delivery of the museum’s strategic plan, with particular emphasis on balancing the long-term preservation of the collections with facilitating access. The Head of Conservation will have responsibility for the efficient and effective management of a minimum of three conservators, plus project specific contract staff, along with supervising student placements, interns and volunteers. The promotion of research, teaching, publishing, outreach and work with originating communities and artists, are integral to the management of the department, as is supporting effective collaboration between departments. As part of the GLAM group (Oxford Universities Gardens Libraries and Museums) our Conservation team work in close collaboration with other members in support of the University’s teaching, research and widening engagement activities and its heritage and legal responsibilities.

Full details of essential and desirable requirements are available in the job description.
This is a part-time role 0.8FTE (30 hours per week).
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 23 February 2017. Interviews are likely to take place during the beginning of March 2017.
Contact Person : Mrs Antigone Thompson Vacancy ID : 126110 Contact Phone : 01865 613015
Closing Date : 23-Feb-2017
Contact Email : antigone.thompson@prm.ox.ac.uk
To apply visit the University of Oxford website.

18 January 2017

Call for new MEG Executive Committee Members

Chair, Secretary and Events Officer, to be elected at MEG Glasgow Conference AGM, 7 April 2017 The current MEG Chair, Antonia Lovelace, is coming to the end of the three years this role is limited to, so we are looking for nominations for a new Chair, to begin from April 7 2017. The current MEG Secretary, Andy Mills, has also been in post for three years, and wishes to hand-over rather than stand for re-election, given his current work commitments. The Events Officer, Tony Eccles, has also served more than three years and now wishes to hand-over too. MEG’s constitution sets the framework for the periods which committee officers serve, please view the pdf of the constitution for further details.  

The MEG committee meets three times a year aside from the AGM, usually in June, September and December. We often meet in London, but try and meet elsewhere in the UK as well. The Chair chairs these meetings and the Secretary writes up the minutes and helps archive them. Both these posts work with other committee members to debate and plan the forward strategy for MEG and its liaison with other museum SSN groups in the UK, and with other world culture museums abroad.  The Events Officer organises two or more MEG events a year, responding to invitations from member and outside institutions and working with other SSNs. As a charity MEG does not have the funds to pay travel costs for all committee members to attend meetings, so it is vital that applicants seek the support of their own institutions to recognise the importance of the work of this SSN and make this part of their current job role, and undertake to help with the travel costs, and time commitment. We can pay for the travel of a few committee members however, if you are on a low salary and your institution has no travel funding available.   

If you are interested in any of these roles please contact the current holder for an informal discussion of what is involved.  Then please let the Chair and Secretary have confirmation of your interest by Friday 31 March 2017, so we can undertake your nomination and put this before the MEG AGM for the process of election on 7 April.


11 January 2017

Booking now open: From Malacca to Manchester: Curating Islamic Collections Worldwide

Registration for the upcoming conference From Malacca to Manchester: Curating Islamic Collections Worldwide (Manchester Museum, UK, 22-24 February 2017) is now open. 
For more information and to book please follow this link: http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/events/malaccatomanchester/.
Attendance will be charged at £20 per day for the two days of the full conference programme (£10 per day for students).
The workshops and visits are free but may only be attended by paying conference attendees, with the exception of the SSN workshop which anyone can attend (preferential booking will be given to UK museum professionals engaged with Islamic art and material culture).
Enquiries should be sent to: malaccatomanchester@gmail.com.

9 January 2017

Post Vacant: Electronic Reviews Editor for the Journal of Museum Ethnography

This voluntary post requires the successful candidate to work closely with the Editor and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Museum Ethnography (JME) to ensure a high standard of reviews of electronic content are covered in the Journal.

The post holder will be required to solicit reviews and to edit those reviews in the first instance. They will then work with the Editor and Deputy Editor to prepare the content for publication. The Electronic Reviews Editor is expected to supply two or three articles to the
journal each year. Past reviews of electronic content have included online exhibitions and research projects, and social media related to museums.

To express interest in this position please contact JME Editor Ali Clark via email. For more information about JME visit the JME pages of the MEG website. 

3 January 2017

Transformers 2017 - 18 applications now open

The programme, run by the Museums Association, which promotes radical change in 
museums, will see in the region of 170 mid-career professionals participate across 3 
different strands. Each strand is designed to help participants develop innovative ways of 
working, influence more effectively and create change for themselves, their colleagues and 
their organisations. 

If you are a mid-career professional, looking to be an agent for change in museums then you
should consider applying for Transformers.

Previous Transformers have self-defined ‘mid-career’ broadly, and their roles have ranged 
from project officers to more senior leaders. As some general guidance, you will have at least 
three years of working in museums, and most importantly have a desire to generate change 
and a commitment to professional and sector development.
Do you have a radical idea for change?
Transformers: Innovate will give 19 people the opportunity to test out a new or risky 
idea or change, through an intensive programme of events, coaching, assessments and 
access to micro-funding for a project or professional development.
Application deadline: 27 January 2017

Do you believe in the social power of museums?
Transformers: Influence is a less intensive programme for a cohort of 130 people, who
will attend two learning days, and will culminate in a festival of change. This strand has a
fee of £100 to participate, which includes attendance at events and MA membership for 
one year.
Application deadline: 28 February 2017

Do you believe museums should be more inclusive and encourage diversity?
Transformers: Diversify is for people who believe that museums cannot achieve their
objectives unless they are founded on equality, diversity and inclusion. 24 mid-career
practitioners will attend events and coaching sessions and have access to micro-funding.
Application deadline: 28 February 2017

Applications are to be submitted online. You will find lots of information about the three 
strands on the Museums Association website, as well as case studies and films from the 
previous Transformers. 

Please ensure that you read all the supporting materials before submitting your application,
and if you would like to talk to someone about your suitability for any of the programme 
strands,please contact us on 020 7566 7862, or email Katy Swift. 
“My ‘kit bag’ is brimming with tools I can use to bring others up with me to make our
museums the best they can possibly be." Participant, 2015