Annual conference: programme and events confirmed

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:


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 by Friday 30th June 2017.







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