May 4, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 30th June 2017.
Conference booking lines are now open on the main conference page.
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
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.
January 18, 2017
UCL Grant Museum
HEFCE will fund 33 higher education museums, galleries and collections which provide a unique and significant contribution to research and scholarship.
This funding was agreed following an independent review drawing on experts from the museum and higher education sectors. The review was chaired by Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of the Imperial War Museums. The panel considered 50 submissions from 33 higher education institutions.
The process was highly competitive, and the panel noted the outstanding quality and compelling evidence provided in the submissions.
Diane Lees said:
‘As a panel, we found a truly inspiring array of case studies which demonstrated the range of research that university museums, galleries and collections carry out. The total funding requested exceeded the total funding available, and the quality of the submissions did not make this an easy process. As a panel we delivered recommendations to the HEFCE Board based on the evidence provided in the submissions. We are very pleased that HEFCE has continued to provide this invaluable support to the university museums, galleries and collections sector.’
The funding announced today recognises the substantial extra cost incurred by universities supporting museums and galleries which provide significant services to the higher education community.
David Sweeney, Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, said:
‘We recognise the unique and significant contributions university museums, galleries and collections make to research, scholarship and research impact in the UK and internationally. Our funding recognises that their important work entails extra costs. We value the support they offer the research community and are delighted to fund 33 of these important collections.’
See the full list of the funded museums and galleries on the HEFCE website.
September 27, 2016
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
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.
December 10, 2015
New research undertaken by the UMG has demonstrated the continuing importance of university museums in caring for and making accessible collections of national and international significance. The research relates to those museums currently supported by the HEFCE Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund.
Key points from the research include:
- HEFCE-funded university museums care for, and make accessible, a great wealth of collections of national and international significance. They comprise 2.3% of all Accredited museums in England, but 24% of museum collections that are Designated as being of national and international significance. In essence, they constitute a distributed collection of equivalent quality to national museums
- In 2014-15, the £10.5m of HEFCE Museums, Galleries & Collections funding enabled 30 university museums and galleries in England to leverage a total of £42.5m of funding from other external sources (trusts, foundations, research councils, commercial income, philanthropy and donations)
- In addition, the HEFCE funding leveraged £13.5m of direct support from host universities, giving a total value of £56m of leveraged support at a ratio of over 5:1 to HEFCE funding
- During the course of academic year 2014-15, this enabled HEFCE-funded university museums to engage with:
4.5 million visitors
207,000 school students
37,000 university students
16,000 further education students
And, in addition:
Hold 222 exhibitions and 4,120 public events
Make available 515 national and 141 international loans of 7,938 museum objects
September 19, 2015
The University Museums Group AGM is taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 23 September, as part of the UMG’s 2015 conference: Where Science and Society Meet on 23-24th September at Durham University.
At the AGM, one committee member will be standing down or two will be standing for re-election, and we will be holding elections to fill these vacancies. We are seeking committee members with a range of experience and skills (such as event organisation, use of social media, PR and advocacy), who are prepared to play an active role in supporting the UMG’s work.
If you would like to be considered – or to nominate another member – for one of these vacancies, you are invited to put forward your nomination to Tonya Nelson, Secretary of the University Museums Group Committee.
Each nomination must include, in a single word document sent as an email attachment:
- The name of the person being nominated and the member organisation they represent
- The name of their proposer and his/her member organisation
- The name of a seconder and his/her member organisation
- A 250 word statement by the nominee, telling us about their experience and skills and what they will bring to the UMG Committee.
The above information will be circulated to UMG members with the AGM papers.
In the event of there being more nominees than vacancies, an election will be held by ballot at the AGM. Member organisations who are unable to send a representative to the AGM will be able to nominate a representative of another member organisation or a committee member
Nominations for Committee membership should be emailed to Tonya Nelson at email@example.com by 12 noon on 21 September.
March 7, 2015
‘University Museums enjoy global renaissance’ is the headline of a recent article in Times Higher Education looking at the ways in which universities are redefining the role of museums and galleries as cultural providers.
Read the full article here.
February 13, 2015
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.
September 20, 2014
At the UMG AGM in June 2014 a proposal to simplify the subscription scales was agreed.
The old scale was complicated, was not being consistently used and did not allow for individuals to join as members.
The new subscription rates simplify and improve the membership structure. They are based on the following principles:
- Membership of UMG should aim to further the reach of UMG within HEIs
- Large museums/galleries should pay more than small ones
- Membership scale should aim for transparency in the way that museums/galleries use the scale of memberships
- The aim should be for a simple scheme what keeps administration to a minimum
- The new system should aim to increase income from subscription fees, but not to a level that prohibits organisations from joining
- new categories of individual member and student member should be created
The following new structure was agreed:
University with one participating university museum/gallery £50
University to 2/3 participating university museums/galleries £100
University with 4 or more particpating university museums/galleries £200
Individual members £50
Non-university museum organisations, UMIS and university museums outside the UK £50
Student members £20
The revised subscription form is now available to download from the JOIN page of the website.