July 29, 2019

Executive Committee vacancies

There are three openings on the UMG Executive Committee for new members, and in addition we are looking to fill the role of Treasurer. This is an exciting time for UMG, as following on from last year’s consultation we are relaunching the organisation, seeking to involve the widest possible range of colleagues and institutions, and working towards an association that supports the sector in a responsive, effective and representative way. We are looking for new members who will help us drive this forward.

The Executive Committee welcomes expressions of interest from members interested in joining the committee.

Further information, including details of the application process, are available here.

In the event of more candidates being nominated than positions, an election will be held by ballot at the AGM.

Expressions of interest must be received by Friday 30 August 2019 in order to circulate the statements with the AGM papers. Please send to UMG Secretary Jo McPhee.

July 24, 2019

The Future of University Museums Workshop Day

Tuesday 17 September
University College London
10.45am – 5pm
FREE

This is a time of challenge and uncertainty, for both universities and museums. In an already tough environment, wide-ranging cuts may follow a possible no-deal Brexit. It is also unclear whether reduced university income, following the cuts in tuition fees recommended in the Augar Report, would be compensated for by central government. If universities respond by narrowing their definitions of core purposes, our innovative collections-based teaching and research, and our vibrant and engaging public programmes may be threatened.  The Future of University Museums is an opportunity to hear from senior representatives as they offer their perspectives on current issues and invite discussion and comment.   Confirmed speakers include Michael Thompson, Universities UK, Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University and Ed Davison, Head of Office, Office for Students. Breakout sessions  in the afternoon will give all participants a chance to speak to three core themes: research impact, teaching and museums, and museums and civic engagement, and to share their experiences with colleagues across the sector.

Please confirm your attendance with Tannis Davidson, by 6 September 2019.

March 7, 2019

Consultancy on University Museums Group Governance

The University Museums Group (UMG) are seeking to appoint a consultant to review its current role and to make recommendations on its future governance, organisational structure, objectives and financial sustainability.

This will enable UMG to work to support the needs of member institutions more effectively, over a challenging period.

The consultant will review and make recommendations concerning the governance of UMG. The Committee expect the recommendations to include revisions to UMG’s constitution, membership arrangements, accounting and auditing.

Specifically the consultant will:

  • Review UMG’s current constitution and its organisational status with a
    view to recommending a revised model, or appropriate options, to the UMG committee. This may include a comparator review of other sector support organisations and an assessment of the potential for UMG to seek
    charitable status.
  • Review UMG’s financial structure, including the role and responsibilities of the Treasurer; its accounting and auditing arrangements, and its
    membership fees. This may include a review of other sector support
    organisations (such as AIM, SSNs, GEM etc.).

The consultant should prepare

  • A draft, revised constitution
  • Specific guidance regarding appropriate banking, accounting and auditing
    arrangements
  • Guidance regarding the costs and potential benefits of securing charitable
    status

Tenders should be submitted by 8 April 2019. These should consist of a proposal outlining how the work would be approached, of no more than 2 pages, a summary CV, and a fee proposal.

For full details of the consultancy and tendering process please download the UMG Governance Consultancy Brief.

June 21, 2018

Last chance to book for Conference 2018

Foreign exchange? University museums and international engagement

University of Cambridge, 3 July 2018

University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge

 

Booking is now closed.

 

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.

Full conference programme:

09.45 – 10.45 Registration with refreshments

09.45 for tour participants

10.15 for all others

10.00 – 10.30

 

Tour of Museum of Zoology (pre booked only)

Led by: Jack Ashby, Manager, Museum of Zoology

10.45 Conference opens

Welcome from Professor Chris Abell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge

11.00

Keynote:

Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum

Introduced by: Nicola Kalinsky, Director, Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Co-Chair, University Museums Group

11.40 Panel discussion: The funding environment

Panellists:

·         Rachael Browning, Head of Programmes, Art Fund

·         Dana Andrew, Executive Director, ICOM UK

·         Dr Laura Carletti, European and International Manager, Research Operations Office, University of Cambridge

·         Professor Rodney Harrison, AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow, UCL

Chair: Ghislaine Wood, Deputy Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

12.55 Welcome to the Museum of Zoology

Professor Paul Brakefield, Director, Museum of Zoology
1.00 – 1.45 Lunch
1.30 – 2.00 Tour of Museum of Zoology (pre booked only)

Led by: Jack Ashby, Manager, Museum of Zoology

 

1.45 – 2.20 University Museums Group AGM
2.20 Keynote:

Professor Wayne Modest, Head of the Research Centre for Material Culture, National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden

Introduced by: Dr Mark Elliott, Senior Curator for Anthropology, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3.00 Lightning Case Studies
·         Walking with the Buddha: creating a UK research-led exhibition in TaiwanRachel Barclay, Curator, Oriental Museum

·         Experiments in collaboration: commissioning Indigenous and Adivasi sculpture

Dr Mark Elliott, Senior Curator for Anthropology, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

·         University museums and global agendas

Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum

·         MicroPasts: Crowd and community fuelled international research

Daniel Pett, Head of IT & Digital, The Fitzwilliam Museum

·         Manchester Museum’s new China Gallery 

Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections, Manchester Museum

·         Science in University Museums – an international initiative

Professor Paul Smith, Director Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Chair: Dr Xa Sturgis, Director Ashmolean Museum

 

4.30 – 5 Break with refreshments
5.00 Keynote:

Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England

In conversation with Professor Nicholas Thomas, Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Co-Chair, University Museums Group

5.40 Attendees walk to Kettle’s Yard
6.00 Reception at Kettle’s Yard
7.00 Close

 

You can download the full programme here UMG Conference Programme 2018 final

April 25, 2018

Call for Papers: conference 2018

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge

University Musuems Group – 2018 conference

Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Tuesday 3 July 2018

 

The theme of the University Museums Group’s 2018 conference is ‘Foreign exchange: University museums and international engagement’.

 

The organising group welcomes proposals for ‘lightning talks’, for 8 minute presentations, which will be presented in two panel sessions of case studies. Each should outline a particular international project, drawing attention to wider issues arising from its development, realisation and/or legacy. Proposals which draw attention to opportunities, but also frankly acknowledge challenges are welcome.

 

The conference organisers anticipate selecting 5-6 proposals for presentation during the afternoon at the conference in Cambridge. Please be aware that they will seek a representative range of speakers, in terms of disciplines, and smaller and larger museums: we regret that it is unlikely that every good proposal can be included.

 

Deadline for submissions:       Friday 1 June

Please forward abstracts to:   Nicola Kalinsky, n.kalinsky@bham.ac.uk

For more information on the conference, and to book your place, see the Conference 2018 web page.

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

January 21, 2018

World Database of University Museums and Collections

UMAC (ICOM’s International Committee for University Museums and Collections) has renovated the design and functionality of its World Database of University Museums and Collections:

http://university-museums-and-collections.net/

The new database is more attractive, functional and user-friendly. It is also much easier to navigate and now includes maps and images.

There are many UK university museums and collections represented in the database.  UMG members are urged to check that they are included in the database and that if they are, their information is up to date.  Museums can edit their own records on the database.

If your museum or collection is not represented, simply press ‘participate’ while you are in the database and complete the online form.

 

August 4, 2017

Annual conference: updated programme now available

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 September 2017

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

 

You can download the latest information on the UMG annual conference here:  UMG Conference 2017_full programme August update.

Bookings are now open and conference fees have been reduced to only £40 including lunch on arrival, tea, coffee and evening reception.

Please book your place online at:

http://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/nonacademic-departments/miscellaneous-events/umg-conference-2017-stuff-and-knowledge

Bookings have now been extended until 4th September.

June 23, 2017

Annual conference: programme and events confirmed

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, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

 

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.

Download the conference programme: UMG Conference 2017 programme and booking information .

 

Booking information

The conference fee is £120.00, which includes lunch on arrival, tea, coffee and evening reception.  A reduced rate of £60.00 is available for students (limited places are available at this rate so please book early).  Bookings close on Monday 21st August.

Please book online via the University of Birmingham online shop.

 

Hotel accommodation can be booked via Meet Birmingham.

For more information on the venue and a map of the campus, follow the links below:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall/index.aspx

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map-mobility.pdf

http://www.venuebirmingham.com/

 

Reminder of Call for Papers

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, name of presenter(s), summary of themes to be addressed to admin@universitymuseumsgroup.org by Friday 30th June 2017.

 

Nearly 4 million public visitors, 3500 public events, 200 exhibitions last year

 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge