The NCCPE are hosting a selection of fantastic opportunities for academics to build upon partnerships with museums across London, the South East and the South West. Take part in a MUPI Match event…It’s a chance for those who are keen to meet museums and other academics in the region and to network and develop new ideas! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from various areas; free to participate in; and interactive.
After receiving funding from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, the NCCPE have been developing an 18 month project to maximise the potential for museums and universities to work together to mutually beneficial aims. This project builds on a successful pilot project which was completed earlier this year.
The benefits: It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.
The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.
The details: There will be 9 regional networking events (or ‘sandpits’) but information and booking forms for the sandpits in the southwest and London can be found here:
- London, 21 March 2017, Quayside Room, Museum of Docklands (details)
- South East Region, 28 March 2017, venue tbc (details) – rescheduled from 8 February
- South West, 3 May 2017, The New Room, Bristol (details)
There will also be two national networking events (one focused on designated collections) to broker partnerships between small and medium sized museums and HEIs:
- Partnerships, London, 7 June 2017
- Designated collections, Birmingham, 14 June 2017, Arts Council Offices, Birmingham
Contact: If you would like to find out more or register your interest in receiving regular updates about the project, including invitations to the sandpits and events, please contact Claire Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additionally, if you’d like to discuss ideas for an event or need inspiration please contact Genna West, RKEO’s Engagement & Impact Facilitator (email@example.com)
For more information on the initiative please visit: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/current-projects/museum-university-partnerships-initiative
Wellcome exists is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. It exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
They currently offer number of funding schemes and one of them is public engagement fund.
Public Engagement Fund is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. It replaces the Society, People, Large Arts, Small Arts, Development, Co-production, Capital and International Engagement Awards. Read more here.
The fund is open to anyone, including those working in:
- the arts
- entertainment media
- museums and heritage
- leisure, sport and tourism
- education and informal learning
- the community, charity and public sectors.
Scheme at a glance
Research and development, Production and project delivery, Developing practice and building networks
Where your activity will take place:
UK, Republic of Ireland, Some low- and middle-income countries
Level of funding:
You can apply for anything from £5,000 up to £3 million
Duration of funding:
Up to 5 years
For more information click here.
Thanks to FIF Mobility Strand Funding, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) are delighted to be welcoming colleagues from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York to Bournemouth University from 20-23rd May 2014. As part of their visit, BU Staff are being invited to join a free workshop. In this workshop MoMA’s specially trained Museum Educators will share their successful model and established approach for making their services dementia-friendly (validated via evaluation from New York University).
This workshop showcases MoMA’s innovative style of education delivery, providing attendees with an opportunity to hear the success of their approach and a practical demonstration in the Atrium Gallery. Staff with an interest in alternative teaching methods and those working with vulnerable groups may be particularly interested in attending. Please also pass on this information to any PhD students you feel may benefit from attending.
Date: 21st May 2014
Time: 11:00 – 15:30
Venue: Talbot Campus
There are a limited number of places available on this workshop for BU staff. To book a place, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 962538.
I took the day off on Wednesday last week and did some really cool stuff in London, including watching Oscar Pistorius in the 100m semi-finals at the Olympic Stadium, having a lovely veggie lunch in Neal’s Yard, learning about Londinium at the Museum of London, and visiting a street art exhibition by Mr Brainwash. A fabulous, if not quite bizarre, day!
We also visited the Grant Museum of Zoology at the UCL campus at Euston which was amazing. This is a tiny museum, only one room, but it is jam packed with skeletons, pickled things in specimen jars and taxidermied animals, all housed within a Victorian-era style room. You almost have to blow the dust from the exhibits! Particular highlights were a jar stuffed full of moles (both repulsive and fascinating), a domestic cat with half its skin peeled back, a selection of elephant skulls, a display of pickled animal brains, and a badly taxidermied owl (why can they never get the eyes right?!). I also noticed a number of iPads set up around the museum for visitors to engage in dialogue about the exhibits either by adding comments or by answering questions about the museum, conservation policy, the role of science in society, etc. Apparently the responses are used to help the museum to make decisions about how it should be run and the information gathered is routinely shared with other museums. The museum was free to get in and I thoroughly recommend it as an excellent way to spend an hour in London.
So you may be wondering why I am writing about this on the BU Research Blog. Those of you who are regular readers of the blog may remember a post I added last summer about the amazing La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles (Excellent example of public engagement in research, resulting in societal impact) in which I discussed how the museum has made research part of the exhibition and visitors can see researchers at work and discuss the excavation with them. Well the Grant Museum of Zoology was similar and is no doubt doing wonders for UCL’s public engagement and research impact work. Not only does visiting the museum give members of the public the opportunity to venture onto UCL’s campus, the researchers work on-site and visitors can engage in dialogue with researchers at work. Each week a team of PhD students from disciplines across UCL spend time in the museum to engage with visitors – discussing their research as well as student life. The museum also features work from UCL researchers who are invited to co-curate exhibitions and installations about their current research with the aim of giving visitors a glimpse of what happens inside the University’s labs and workshops. The museum also regularly hosts activity sessions for school children from across London giving them the opportunity to learn from the collection.
This struck me as an excellent example of public engagement and research impact on many different levels and theimportance of generating a two-way dialogue with public audiences around research. I wondered how we could replicate this at BU and my immediate thoughts were that we can’t – we don’t own any prime real estate in London that we could convert into a museum for starters! However there are a number of key features that make this museum a success in terms of public engagement and research impact – including the crucial role of PhD students in public engagement activities, the benefits of presenting research findings in non-traditional academic outlets, inviting members of the public onto campus, encouraging feedback and discussion, and working with schools to engage school children with research and life at a university.
We already do some of this at BU and have significantly invested recently in support for public engagement, which is one of the enablers underpinning the BU2018 strategy. The BU Festival of Learning scheduled for June 2013 provides a fabulous opportunity to showcase the breadth of activity from across the University, and RKE Development and Operations are always happy to work with colleagues on developing ideas for public engagement / impact activities. If you have any ideas for public engagement activities or would like support from us in developing ideas, then contact my colleague Rebecca Edwards who will be be happy to talk your ideas through with you.