November 3, 2021

Packed Lunch: Networking session

Health and Wellbeing Practice at University Museums

Wednesday 24 November 2021

In the unprecedented times we’re living in and working through, the ability of culture, collections, histories and heritage to enhance the quality of life and improve health and wellbeing has never been more needed.

This event will explore the innovative ways university museums have been using their collections and resources to respond to issues of health and wellbeing over the last 18 months. Featuring a programme of short presentations from university museum colleagues, this session will share examples of projects taking place across our sector and consider whether university museums are playing a unique role in developing this practice.

AGM

2.30pm
The Networking Session will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the University Museums Group.

November 16, 2020

Annual Forum: COVID-19 and Beyond

Thursday 19 November
2pm
Online via Zoom

Since March there has been much discussion of the impact of the pandemic on the university sector, and issues ranging from safe teaching and student welfare to future funding have been in the news almost daily.

We have invited colleagues from five UK universities to speak to the challenges facing higher education and comment on what University museums can offer in this unprecedented context. Members of the panel will also share aspects of their experience of work during closure, re-opening museums and (sadly) closing them again.

We look forward to hearing from

  • Julie Sanders, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle
  • Mungo Campbell, Deputy Director, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
  • Tannis Davidson, Curator, Grant Museum, University College, London
  • Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director, Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia
  • Esme Ward, Director, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

AGM

The Forum will be immediately followed by the Annual General Meeting of the University Museums Group. Download the AGM agenda and papers.

 

 

April 5, 2018

Booking now open for Conference 2018

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Foreign exchange?  University museums and international engagement

University of Cambridge, 3 July 2018

University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge

 

University museum collections originate from many countries. Over decades and in some cases centuries, they were created and curated through scientific fieldwork and collecting that ranged worldwide. In the present, those interested in studying collections and in borrowing art works and specimens for analysis and exhibition represent, like our students, many nations. International engagement is anything but foreign to us.

 

At the University Museums Group’s 2016 conference, Matt Hancock, now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, affirmed that museums and universities are ‘absolutely central to our post-Brexit future, open and engaged with the whole world, progressive and positive in shaping how Britain sees herself and is seen the world over.’ Universities similarly express ambitions to contribute globally. In 2018, academic and cultural collaboration seems more urgent than ever, yet also more difficult, as threats to global peace and security multiply.

 

The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities. We encourage open discussion of challenges and constraints, while celebrating the accomplishments and the potential of university museums to make a positive difference through international work.

 

The programme will include a reception at Kettle’s Yard and tours of the Museum of Zoology, both newly reopened

Speakers will include

Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum

Wayne Modest, Head, Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden

Kate Bellamy, Director, Museums, Arts Council of England

Download the programme here: UMG Conference 2018 Programme

 

The cost for the day is £40 per delegate.  You can book your place online via the University of Cambridge online booking system.

February 8, 2018

Details announced for UMG Conference 2018

Foreign exchange?  University museums and international engagement

University of Cambridge, 3 July 2018

University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge

 

University museum collections originate from many countries. Over decades and in some cases centuries, they were created and curated through scientific fieldwork and collecting that ranged worldwide. In the present, those interested in studying collections and in borrowing art works and specimens for analysis and exhibition represent, like our students, many nations. International engagement is anything but foreign to us.

 

At the University Museums Group’s 2016 conference, Matt Hancock, now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, affirmed that museums and universities are ‘absolutely central to our post-Brexit future, open and engaged with the whole world, progressive and positive in shaping how Britain sees herself and is seen the world over.’ Universities similarly express ambitions to contribute globally. In 2018, academic and cultural collaboration seems more urgent than ever, yet also more difficult, as threats to global peace and security multiply.

 

The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities. We encourage open discussion of challenges and constraints, while celebrating the accomplishments and the potential of university museums to make a positive difference through international work.

 

The programme will include a reception at Kettle’s Yard and tours of the Museum of Zoology, both newly reopened

 

Speakers will include

Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum

Wayne Modest, Head, Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden

Kate Bellamy, Director, Museums, Arts Council of England

May 4, 2017

Annual Conference: booking lines open and call for papers

Bramall Music Building

Bramall Music Building

Stuff and Knowledge: the future of teaching and learning in University Museums

University of Birmingham, 11-12 September 2017 Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Call for case studies

This year we are inviting proposals on the theme of teaching and learning within university museums, with a focus on higher education. We are looking for fast paced presentations that offer examples of innovative practice.   If you would like to contribute to the conference, please submit a brief description of your potential contribution (300 words) including a title, names of presenter(s), summary of themes to be addressed to admin@universitymuseumsgroup.org by Friday 30th June 2017.

 

Conference booking lines are now open on the main conference page.

 

Conference Synopsis

Objects have been intrinsic to teaching and learning within higher education and university museums since their very beginnings. Although the context may have changed from primarily knowledge-focused learning, to include skills-based analytical learning, collections and object-based learning still have an essential role to play within higher education today.  Focusing on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the current educational climate, this conference will explore and debate the benefits and challenges of teaching with museum and departmental collections through innovative and provocative keynote addresses, diverse case studies and illuminating panel discussions.   University Museums Group conferences are renowned for their networking opportunities, and there will be plenty of spaces within the programme for delegates to meet, share experiences and make new connections.

March 30, 2017

Save the date: UMG Annual Conference 2017

Bramall Music Building

Bramall Music Building

Stuff and Knowledge: an exploration of the future of teaching and learning within University Museums

University of Birmingham, 11-12 September 2017

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Objects have been intrinsic to teaching and learning within higher education and university museums since their very beginnings. Although the context may have changed from primarily knowledge-focused learning, to include skills-based analytical learning, collections and object-based learning still have an essential role to play within higher education today.

Focusing on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the current educational climate, this conference will explore and debate the benefits and challenges of teaching with museum and departmental collections through innovative and provocative keynote addresses, diverse case studies and illuminating panel discussions.

University Museums Group conferences are renowned for their networking opportunities, and there will be plenty of spaces within the programme for delegates to meet, share experiences and make new connections.

For booking information see the main conference page.

September 27, 2016

Minister speaks at UMG conference

The keynote address at the 2016 UMG annual conference was delivered by the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture.  This was Mr Hancock’s first major speech on museums since he was appointed to the post.

Mr Hancock used his speech to highlight the important role of universities in the development of public museums in the UK.  He then addressed some of the challenges facing museums using the conference theme of ‘Better Together’.

Looking first at how government and museums can work better together, Mr Hancock then went on to consider how museums can work better with audiences.  He finished by considering the implications of the digital age for partnership and collaboration, saying:

“As Minister for Digital and Culture, I want to drive this synthesis of culture with digital technology, and when it comes to the digitisation and dissemination of our great collections, I want Britain to be a world leader.

Because it’s at this nexus – where Tech meets art, where digital meets creativity – that we will build a strong and thriving future economy that can work for all.”

The full text of the speech can be found here.

 

 

July 7, 2016

2016 Conference Booking Now Open

This year’s UMG conference, Better Together?, will be held at Reading University on 22nd September 2016.

In a climate of increasing drive towards greater partnership working, the conference will review the benefits, costs and challenges of working together. Focusing on recent civic and university partnerships and international working we will explore different case studies and debate the role of leadership, partner expectations and the practical realities of ensuring positive and sustainable outcomes.

The conference will include key note addresses by Hedley Swain, South East Area Director for Arts Council England and Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

The full programme and booking information are available here.

February 13, 2015

Save the date

23rd -24th September are the dates for the next UMG conference.   This year we are joining with University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) to hold a joint event at Durham University.

This year’s conference theme will be ‘Where Science and Society Meet’.

There is no doubt that the public appetite for science is growing.The interface between science and culture continues to shift and is a constant point of excitement, interest and debate. Arguably science cannot be presented in isolation but as an integral part of our culture, intersecting with the arts and humanities, with museums providing ideal spaces to demonstrate and communicate this.

University museums are pioneering ways to engage audiences in the science research of universities and this conference will explore how these developments are more than advancing the public understanding of science.

Full details of the conference programme and costs will be available soon.

April 2, 2014

Digital Technology Showcase: call for entries

'How pictures learnt to walk' devised by Dr Birgit Beumers (University of Bristol), Dr Julia Bracegirdle (Bristol School of Animation, University of West England) and Aerian Studios

'How pictures learnt to walk' devised by Dr Birgit Beumers (University of Bristol), Dr Julia Bracegirdle (Bristol School of Animation, University of West England) and Aerian Studios

Digital Technology Showcase: Call for Entries

UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS GROUP (UMG) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Digital Dimensions

12-13 June 2014

Wickham Theatre, University of Bristol, Bristol

University Museums Group (UMG) is looking to showcase innovative digital projects produced through collaborations between museums and universities at its annual conference, Digital Dimensions .

Have you been involved in a digital project in which university and museum professionals have worked together to:

(1) find a museum application for a digital technology used in a different discipline or that is the result of blue sky research;(2) user test a new digital technology in a museum environment; and/or (3) use university research methods to evaluates the efficacy of a new technology and/or to understand the impact of digital technology on museum practice?

If so, we would like to hear from you!

The Digital Technology Showcase, where selected projects will be presented, will kick off the conference (Thursday, 12 June).  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work with conference speakers and attendees, which will include representatives from NESTA, AHRC, Google Culture Institute, ACE and members of the academic and museums community across the UK.

If you would like your project considered for the Digital Technology Showcase, please prepare a 1-page description of your project including: (1) the technology involved; (2) the use of the technology in a museum context; (3) the university and museum collaborators involved; and (4) how your project demonstrates the benefits of university and museum collaborations.  Please also provide images or link to a video showing how your project works in action.  Any university or museum, including local authority, independent or university-based museums, is eligible to apply as long as the project has a substantial component of university/museum collaboration.

Send these materials to Tonya Nelson, Head of UCL Museums and Collections, at tonya.nelson@ucl.ac.uk by 5 May 2014.  Selected participants will be informed by 12 May 2014.  At least one member of your project team should be available to attend the Digital Showcase on 12 June 2014.

October 31, 2013

Launch of new Advocacy document at Museums Association Conference

We are delighted to tell you that we will be launching our Advocacy document – Impact and Engagement: University Museums for the 21st century – at a reception at the Museums Association Conference in Liverpool on Tuesday 12 November at lunchtime (1pm-2.30pm) in room 4b. If you are going to be at Conference that day, you are warmly invited to join us for the launch reception. Mark Taylor, the Director of the MA will speak at the event.

For those who cannot make the event,  we will be mailing a batch of copies of the document to all UMG and UMIS members, as well as to key stakeholders and funding bodies. There will also be an online version available on the this website.

May 7, 2013

Lecture: Where have we come from, where are we, and where might we be going?

25 years of changing attitudes to museums and galleries

Maurice Davies, Museums Association

School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Maurice Davies, Head of policy and communications at the Museums Association and well-known spokesman on museum affairs has been appointed visiting professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University. The inaugural lecture by Professor Maurice Davies, entitled: Where have we come from, where are we, and where might we be going? 25 years of changing attitudes to museums and galleries will take place on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at Nottingham Trent University, 6.00pm for 6.30 lecture. This a TICKETED EVENT and includes refreshments.  If UMG members would like to attend please Jane Haddon.

The event forms part of the two-day East Midlands Heritage conference: http://emms.org.uk/events/detail/east_midlands_heritage_conference_2013, which will also include an alumni event on the evening of Thursday 6 June to celebrate 21 years of the MA/PGDip Museum & Heritage Management programme at Nottingham Trent University. Further details from Deb Skinner.

March 6, 2013

UMG Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the University Museums Group will be held during our 25th anniversary conference at the Ashmolean Museum on Thursday 7th March.

At the AGM we will be electing individuals to three positions on the Committee:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Committee member

Nominations were due by Friday 22nd February.  In the event of more candidates being nominated than positions, an election will be held by ballot at the AGM itself.  Each member institution shall have the right to nominate a committee member or alternate to represent it and to vote if required.

February 10, 2012

UMG/NCCPE event: impact and evaluation – learning together

This event was held on 7th February 2012 at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.  An interest in issues around how university museums demonstrate their successes and their value brought around fifty people together for an engaging and thought provoking day.

A report on the day is now available within the case studies section of this website.

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