April 5, 2018

Booking now open for 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

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.

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge