This one day course is designed for those without a background in the conservation and collection care of plastic objects in museum collections. The course will provide an introduction to plastic materials, outline a range of practical plastic identification techniques, and provide practical advice as to the storage, cleaning and labelling of historic plastic objects.
- Learn about plastic as a material and basic identification techniques.
- Have a better understanding of how plastics degrade and how this can be identified.
- Learn preventive conservation methods for dealing with problematic plastics.
Please note: by signing up to an MDEM event you agree to meet our terms and conditions of training. These include letting us know if you can’t attend and paying a £25 cancellation fee if you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, you can find out more information here: http://bit.ly/2D53lKA
Teas and coffees will be provided throughout the day. Delegates are asked to make their own lunch arrangements by either bringing a packed lunch, purchasing it from the on-site café or one of the many local shops.
MDEM are pleased to be offering access to one on one bespoke advice for museums submitting their Museum Accreditation return OR interested in becoming Accredited for the first time in 2020.
These one-hour surgeries will be hosted by Heather Lomas the Museum Accreditation Advisor for the East Midlands, who will be able to provide advice and practical support on both the application process and submitting against the Accreditation standard. Other members of the MDEM team will be on hand to offer further signposting to MDEM support in your particular area of need.
In person or Online/Phone: We understand that travel can sometimes be a barrier to accessing support – so these surgeries can be booked face to face at LCB Depot in Leicester, or you can use this booking form to secure a timeslot on the day for a Skype or telephone call. Please indicate this on the booking form.
Each surgery will be an hour long and you will be able to select a specific time slot when you book your place. We ask as part of the booking process that museums outline their general needs for the day so that we can provided tailored advice. The surgeries can be attended by up to 4 members of the museum team.
MDEM are offering these surgeries alongside our usual Museum Accreditation support. For information on this please visit our website.
MDEM are thrilled to present a one day, collections and conservation focused conference: The Regional Collections Symposium 2020: Looking forward.
The day will include a range of regional and national speakers, case studies from across the sector and an exclusive tour of the conservation labs at the University. It will provide information on current and emerging practice as well as practical advice and inspirational case studies to suit all sizes of museums. Speakers include:
- Dr Lynda Skipper, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Department, University of Lincoln
- Paul Croft , Research Fellow, Lincoln Conservation
- Jane Thompson Webb, Conservation Team Leader, Birmingham Museums Trust
- Phil Hackett, Resource Manager, Leicester arts, Museums, Festivals and Events
- Anita Hollinshead, Regional Collections Advisor, MDEM
The morning will host a series of inspirational speakers covering topics such as digital replication of collections, to collections review and apprenticeships in conservation.
The afternoon will have a practical focus, including dealing with pest infestations, rationalising collections and contemporary collecting and repatriation. A full programme will be published shortly.
This event is aimed at all museums, historic houses and heritage sites in the region and is suitable for staff and volunteers who work with collections. Priority booking will be given to those who are from Accredited museums or those working towards Accreditation. The day will include refreshments and a light lunch with lots of networking opportunities.
The Spring 2020 meeting of the Emergency Risk Network for the East Midlands will take place in the Learning Space at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Tuesday 17th March. This meeting is for new and current members of the Network – more information on this can be found on the MDEM website. Any heritage site or museum in the East Midlands can join the free to access Network which focuses on supporting organisations in all areas of Emergency preparedness.
Sara Basquill, Collections Development Officer, County Heritage Service, Lincolnshire County Council will give us a tour of the site and stores and talk to the group about the risks and problems they face, particularly in terms of having so many collection items on open display. After a discussion and lunch, she will demonstrate their disaster kits and show us the Regional Emergency Disaster store on site.
There will also be an opportunity to feedback on the first draft of the new regional emergency plan template which will be circulated ahead of the meeting.
Coffee will be available from 10.00am and the meeting will start at 10.30am. Lunch will also be provided.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is situated on Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3LY. There is a small car park to the front and side of the building and two pay and display car parks on Westgate which are a 5-10 minute walk away (situated at LN1 3AS and LN1 3BG). For further information about getting to the museum, please visit their website.
If you are travelling by train then the museum is a 30 minute walk (approximately) from the station, this includes walking up Steep Hill!
Booking is open until Friday 6th March.
- This workshop provides an introduction and refresher to assist museum in developing an effective Forward/Business Plan.
- Join us for a lively day considering the museum’s vision and developing this to focus on business/forward planning good practice
- There will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing ideas, plus practical tips to enable participants to create a workable plan and meet clear objectives.
- The day will provide reference to the Museum Accreditation Standard and ensure participants are aware of all requirements.
Topics covered will include:
Forward planning context
- Why have one?
- When they work & when they don’t
- Who to include in developing the Forward/Business Plan.
Providing a focus for the business/forward plan with organisational vision and purpose
- Your museum’s vision
- Using the vision to frame the forward plan
Developing the plan – a step by step approach
- Reviewing previous plans
- Analysing the environment surrounding the organisations
- Succession planning
- Understanding stakeholder and consultative feedback
- Setting aims and objectives
- Developing a resource plan to meet the outcomes.
Signposting to resources, toolkits and areas of support
We advise that at least two delegates per organisation come along to fully benefit from this forward planning day.
Participants should familiarise themselves with their current forward/business plan prior to attendance.
What will be covered?
Is your museum making the most of its digitised collections content online? Finding the right channel, tone, voice and techniques to reach and connect with audiences online isn’t easy. The workshop is rooted in practicalities but brings in strategic considerations too. We’ll look at mission, identity and purpose; explore the specific tensions and challenges that digital storytelling with collections content brings and also focus on the many advantages that museums and collections have in this space. We’ll share a wide range of examples from museums, galleries and beyond, looking at social media, websites and other platforms. We’ll give you plenty of food for thought, practical tips and ideas to take away and try. Our workshops are friendly and informal, encouraging active learning and plenty of discussion.
Who is it for?
Staff/volunteers from East Midlands museums may attend free of charge (max of two per museum).
Whether you’re just beginning to tell your museum’s stories online or looking for ways to improve an existing offer and levels of engagement this workshop is for you. It’s suitable for a wide range of practitioners at all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced, whether your focus is curation, learning, marketing, engagement or something completely different.
Support towards Museum Accreditation:
Users and their experience
9.1 To provide stimulating learning and discovery activities, including exhibitions and programmes based on your collections
9.2 To communicate effectively with users and potential users through a range of access, marketing and promotional activities
The workshop will be led by Culture24’s Janet Alderman. Janet is Culture24’s Digital Programmes Manager and brings in-depth working experience of the museum sector where she has used digital storytelling across social media, digital and marketing campaigns, outreach, exhibitions and collections. She has also worked commercially in digital marketing and is well versed in tailoring content to reach a wide range of audiences. Richard is editor of the award-winning www.MuseumCrush.org and brings hard-learned and current practical experience of digital storytelling with collections. He also teaches and mentors museum colleagues around the UK, supporting them with digital content creation and reach.
This workshop is provided as part of Culture24’s Arts Council England-funded Sector Support programme and is provided in partnership with Museum Development East Midlands