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Week 2 Museum of London – Collection Cleaning Course

Originally posted on Tincture of Museum:
Distinguishing historical fluff from everyday fluff How can you not enjoy a day that positively brims with conversations that begin with – “Shall we make a decision on which bits of fluff we are going to keep?” and “You collect the insect poo from that side with the tweezers…

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Wolfson/DCMS funding for 4 museums

Warwickshire’s Compton Verney and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are among 4 West Mids museums gaining funding from the DCMS/Wolfson fund Compton Verney’s award goes towards  the redisplay of their Chinese collection, which has been designated as a collection of national importance and is one of the largest collections of Chinese bronzes in Europe. the award to […]

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showing mixed collections – report

The Natural Sciences Collections Association Subject Specialist Network have published a study into the audiences of mixed discipline museums. This is a really interesting and useful report- although it covers only 10 relatively large musuem the overall thoughts and conclusions have much to tell everyone. The evaluation report offers an unbiased overview of visitors’ impressions […]

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Warwick wins Connect10 artist vote

Congratulations to Warwickshire museum for bagging Alex Hartley in the Culture 24 Museums at Night competition. 10 artists put themselves up for grabs to work with museums in May (15th -17th, 2014) as part of national Museums at Night celebrations, museums put in a bid to work with them and then the public voted… and did […]

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New Spectrum standards – consultation opens

Collections Trust has announced a consultation on a proposed new standard to help museums worldwide capture, manage and share rich information about their collections. The proposed new standard builds on the success of SPECTRUM, the global standard for best practice in Collections Management, as well as work led by the British Museum as part of the ResearchSpace project. […]

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A garden year … rather superior garden

Compton Verney’s talented head gardener is a keen blogger too … not only is this review a great round up of the year interesting from a gardening point of view, its also a great way of drawing people into following the blog for the following year. Explore this great garden (in the year of Capability […]

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HLF Collecting Cultures Meeting

11am – 2pm, 6th Feb 2014,The Participation Space, Derby QUAD This FREE meeting is open to all. It will introduce the Collecting Cultures initiative and provide further information on applying. The meeting will be followed by lunch, giving an informal chance to discuss your ideas with colleagues. Refreshments will be served at 10.30 for an 11am start. […]

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Google Open Gallery

Google have invented a new FREE tool for museums, galleries and artists to upload images, videos and audio to create online exhibitions and tell your stories Google Open Gallery.was launched at the end of 2013 and has already attracted lots of museum and galleries from across europe and the world. There have not been enough in this country for […]

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Connect 10 artists choose 2 West Mids museums

Market Hall Museum, Warwick and the Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster have both made the artist’s shortlist for a residency as part of the the Museums at Night events in May. Now  they are dependent on your votes! The Museums at Night programme, Connect 10 matches artists with 10 museums to develop something special for May […]

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On the Road…travelling exhibs and loans

Borrowing and sharing ‘stuff’ between museums comes natural to us .. Why not take advantage of the offer of this travelling exhibition from Hertfordshire .. it comes with learning resources too .Please contact them directly For those of you who have been to the Herbert Recently you will have seen two great exhibitions Keeping up […]

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Out DAM spot ….then, ’tis time to do’t.

Dam -( Digital Asset Management) …’take forth paper, fold it, write upon’t, read it, afterwards seal it’  …ahh yes Spectrum procedures Discussed in perhaps lighter vein than Lady Macbeth’s nightmarish visions at CollectionsTrust conference on Digital Asset Management … here is the press release Delegates have given a 100% Very Good to Excellent rating to the […]

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Collections care skills training

We continue to run or support a whole series of workshops around collections some with our partners at Birmingham Museums Trust, some from elsewhere. Look on our event page here Marches Network MDO Events  for upcoming Accreditation workshops, ‘wrapping and packing’ and integrated pest management events. Collections Trust – as always – are running a […]

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What bug have you got?

No, not pest management this time, but a reminder of the project which is providing a review of the regions biological collections. Have you contacted Luanne yet? Here’s the introduction from  Luanne’s new blogsite Between 2013 and 2015 this review aims to get a snapshot of the biological collections held in the West Midlands, including their significance, […]

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Open Culture 2014

Dates have now been set for the Collections Trust’s flagship event OpenCulture 2014. For the third year its running at the Kia Oval in London on 25-26 June 2014 with a striking new brand and a host of new features to add even more value to the collections community’s event of the year. Building on the […]

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Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Next year’s annual meeting will be held in Cardiff on 22-28 June 2014 (http://www.spnhc.org/50/meetings). The meetings are normally held in the USA and only visit Europe once in a while, so this will be a good opportunity to showcase collections in Wales.  Overall theme is Historic Collections: A resource for the future.

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£5 million to spend inNew Collecting Cultures

The Heritage Lottery Fund is investing £5 million in collection development with another Collecting Cultures initiative. Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 will be available for developing collections over time through targeted purchases with an emphasis on enhancing knowledge, curatorial skills and public engagement.  At least 50% of the grant must be spent on purchases.  One innovation […]

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The Imaginarium – Expressions of interest sought

In February 2014 the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) and Selfridges will launch The Imaginarium at The Festival of Imagination in Selfridges, Birmingham. The Imaginarium will be a free magical and playful space celebrating curiosity and accomplishment. Drawing on regional talent, they are looking to showcase imagination across science, art, culture, technology, design and commercial enterprise. They are currently looking […]

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money, metal and museums …

Want a ‘health check’ for your numismatics? The Money and Medals Network is an Arts Council funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums with numismatic collections. The intention is to provide support where needed in terms of identification, storage and display of coins, medals, banknotes and associated objects. From Henry Flynn, Project Curator, Museums, Money […]

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