14 June 2017

MEG Event: Textiles Study Day

10am – 4pm, September 29th 2017

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton Museum have recently created a new collection of post 1960’s African dress and textiles, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Collecting Cultures Fund. The ‘Fashioning Africa’ collection provides new perspectives on the museum’s historic collection and documents changing practices, enduring traditions and new innovations in fashion and textile production on the continent.

MEG members are invited to come and view the new collection, share skills and knowledge, and explore how to identify textile techniques and practices both from Africa and further afield.  As such this event will be of interest to curators and specialists working with a broad range of textile material, not only those from Africa.

The event will be hosted by the World Art team at Brighton Museum and two invited specialists in the field; Dr GillianVogelsang-Eastwood, Textile and Dress Historian and Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden and Dr.Nicola Stylianou, African Textile Specialist, Collecting Panel Member for the ‘Fashioning Africa’ project and Post-Doctoral Researcher for the ‘South Coast Cosmopolitanism: Collections, Connections, Diversities’, The University of Sussex.

The first half of the day will include presentations introducing the Fashioning Africa project and collections, and the specialist’s current work. After lunch will be a hands-on session with the collection, exploring techniques and practices with the specialists and staff.

This event is a partnership event with Brighton Museum and the Museum Ethnographers Group, the event and lunch are free, but places are limited.

Curator of World Art at Brighton Museum and MEG events Officer.

30 May 2017

The Best in Heritage 2017

From 28-30 September in Dubrovnik over 40 award-wining museum, heritage and conservation projects from China, the United States, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia and Europe will be presented, at this unique conference where official, private and civil society institutions & actions meet. This handpicked selection of the most innovative and inspiring laureates will represent a balanced variety, focused on best, current-day practices. 

The gathering will consist of two events: IMAGINES, a one day event where multimedia and new technology achievements will be presented; and the core event, with its packed two-day schedule. The audience, moderators, and the keynote speakers will vote for The Best in Heritage “Project of Influence 2017” awards for both events.

Object Lessons Conference

Unlocking the vault: making the most of scientific collections 
Manchester Museum 
26-27th June 2017

Science and natural history collections include objects, specimens, models and illustrations which are a goldmine of useful information and inspiration. They are immensely popular with the public, but are often cared for by non-specialists who can perceive them as difficult to work with. There is a danger that these collections can be forgotten, underused and undervalued. 

Join us for this two day conference looking at the innovative ways in which collections are being used. Speakers from historic collections across Europe will be joining us to discuss best practise in the use of scientific and natural history collections. We will be exploring ways to connect people to collections for greatest impact. 

The conference is part of the programming to support Object Lessons, our upcoming exhibition celebrating the scientific model and illustration collection of George Loudon. The conference is generously supported by Wellcome. 

Book your place on mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com 
or call 0161 275 2648 

RSVP to alia.ullah@manchester.ac.uk 

15 May 2017

It’s time for the ICME News Call for Papers again! ICME is the International Committee for Museum Ethnography. We publish a quarterly Newsletter, which contains short reports on projects and exhibitions, a Newsreel, and sometimes short reviews and interviews, reporting on Ethnographic activity in museums around the world.

Please do consider contributing; we accept all sorts of material. Even if you just have a little news to share with us, we can put it in our ‘Newsreel’ feature! This issue will be coming out in July, right in the summertime. So anything summery is particularly welcome. Or perhaps you had a wonderful spring, with some celebrations, and would like to share it with us? Perhaps there is a contemporary contentious issue you would like to reflect upon?

Please contact me to be included, on  jenny.walklate@gmail.com . Please send your contributions by the 9th July. Please send any text as a plain text file, and any images, compressed, separately. Please do not embed images within the text document itself.