Makey Makey Event with Mark Brill and Future Media

Had a brilliant afternoon at the follow up to #gallerycamp2013 with the Makey Makey session. Follow the slideshow below to see what we got up to, great blogging from the Future Media team on the day, and got some great ideas from the guys there!

Follow the link below to see the days ideas in full

Arts Connect WM Film and Digital Arts Project for Museums, Heritage Sites and Libraries

 

Arts Connect WM Film and Digital Arts Project for

Museums, Heritage Sites and Libraries

 

Placing the creative vision of artists and arts organisations at the heart of this project Arts Connect will invite artists across all art forms to respond creatively to heritage collections and sites and/or library collections and venues. Inspired by the collections and venues you care for the artists will propose imaginative film and digital art installations created by, for and with children and young people.

 

Aim

 

Inspired by the work of artists we aim to create closer working partnerships between libraries, museums, heritage sites and film / digital artists, to encourage the use and integration of digital technology to broaden the reach of their work attracting more young people to explore their venues and their collections.

 

Objectives

 

The project will:

 

  • Create digital interpretations of the collections through exploring  the themes of the collections in new and exciting ways
  • Integrate digital arts and film into the collections / venues and not as a standalone piece
  • Build the skills of venue staff and artists in digital arts and filmmaking within the wider cultural context to support sustainability
  • Engage young people in the venues and the collections as co-collaborators supporting the vision and direction for digital engagement and sharing.

 

What do we need you to do?

 

At this stage we are looking for a group of museums, libraries and heritage sites who are interested in working with artists to explore the digital arts. We want your creative vision to inspire how your museum, heritage site or library can bring your collections (books, local history, art, landscape, artifacts, ideas) to new audiences through multi-platform production (accessed through mobiles, tablets and computers).

 

When we put out a ‘call for artists’ we will provide them with a list of venues and sites who have expressed an interest in this project. Artists will be invited to respond with their own creative vision to the historical and contemporary collections within an individual museum or library or across a group of heritage sites and or libraries.

 

We will shortlist 3 artists/arts organisations or partnerships to work up their initial proposals and then select one to take forward and commission.

 

If you are interested in being put forward as a venue who would welcome artists and would like further information about what it would involve please contact Susan Goodwin on susan.goodwin@wlv.ac.uk

 

The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections

The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections Mapping 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. An important aspect of the project is collections mapping. Institutions are being contacted about their collections with a view to making this information publicly accessible on the Money and Medals website: www.moneyandmedals.org.uk Please contact hflynn@britishmuseum.org for further details, to get advice and get your collection on the map!

Please click here to download accompanying document: Medals and money mapping

How should be remember World War 1? Midland History Forum Conference

How should be remember World War 1? Midland History Forum Conference

Saturday 19th October 2013, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. £10 fee

How should we approach teaching World War I as its centenary approaches? What are its implications for the whole curriculum both in the classroom and beyond? Our next Forum will give the chance to consider the implications of these questions.

Museums can request a stall to have a presence at this conference, sharing their schools programme and/or loan box service

Click here to access PDF with further information: WW1 Conference

Making the Most of Retail: Free training sessions provided Museum Development

The Making the Most of Retail… series is part of a 3  year programme of seminars, opportunities for sharing, partnerships, training  and other support to increase skills and confidence across the sector to help museums learn to thrive in the rapidly changing economic, social and political landscape.

This series of practical workshops is supported and lead by the Association of Cultural Enterprises the organisation which promotes commercial best practice in the cultural, heritage and visitor attraction sector.

Each session is geared to providing practical knowledge for those starting out as well as those looking to refresh their ‘retail’ offer. Each is standalone, but some sites may wish to see the programme as a complete package of skills and knowledge for staff and management.

The sessions are complemented by other on-site analyses and support over the period of the programme, please contact your MDO for more information.

The workshops are free to museums and heritage sites in the West Midlands, the number of places on each workshop are limited and we may have to limit the number of places per site to 1 person.

 

Download the word doc. here to find out about the sessions and dates: Making the most of Retail

An Afternoon with Jenny Lind: Saturday 20 July

An Afternoon with Jenny Lind

The Swedish Nightingale (1820-1887)

By Arthur Candenquist

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On Saturday 20 July, 2pm The Infirmary, Jenny Lind Chapel

University of Worcester, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS

T: 01905 542540 F: www.facebook.com/Theinfirmaryworcester

FREE  ENTRY, please book, Donations Welcome

Creative projects create new audiences: Wednesday 17th July

– Creative projects create new audiences: Wednesday 17th July – 10am-4.30pm, The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU)
Do you want to increase your skills so your museum is awarded grants to do more creative work?
Do want to learn more about making great grant applications to non-heritage funders? Do you want explore how working with an artist may increase your audiences and funding sources?
Do you want some mentoring support to get your grant application right?
If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions then one of these free workshops is definitely for you and your museum.
Funded by Arts Council England and designed particularly for independent and smaller public museums, these workshops will give you guidance on non-heritage funding sources and the “hands on” sessions will provide you with the tips and advice on how to put a great grant application together. The workshops will also explore how best to work with artists to create exciting programmes that could increase your audiences and grant giving partners, as arts activities can be supported through a range of open access grants and programmes.
Mentoring sessions will be available a few weeks after each workshop so you can talk through your grant application and get advice before you submit.
These workshops will be led by Fiona Mitchell-Innes and the artist Laura Baxter.  Fiona has worked in museums and arts organisations all her career, from small local museums to the Natural History Museum, and for Arts Council England.  She now works freelance for arts and heritage organisations and she delivers support for Accreditation in the West Midlands, South West and London.  Laura Baxter is a renowned contemporary artist, specialising in jewellery but also making large bespoke installation pieces for a number of museums across the country.  Between them Fiona and Laura will explore how you can best access money for creative projects and how you should work with artists to get the best results for your museums, your collections and your audiences.
If possible, two people from your museum should attend a workshop so that the creative approaches and the learning can then be acted on more effectively.
Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please contact:
To book contact:
Sue Pope, Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY11 7XZ or email: spope@worcestershire.gov.uk
Lunch and refreshments provided.

 

Job: Head of Business and Marketing at Avoncroft Museum

Avoncroft Museum are currently advertising for a Head of Business and Marketing, please see the job description for details and if you are interested please complete the application form by Friday 28th June 2013. Avoncroft accept email, post or hand delivered forms. Email to officemanager@avoncroft.org.uk in the first instance. Interviews will be held week commencing 8th July 2013, if you do not hear from Avoncroft with regards to an interview please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time.

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Free Workshop: Get more funding into your museum – Creative projects create new audiences

     GEM West Midlands

Free workshop!

Get more funding into your museum – Creative projects create new audiences

At: The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU;

Wednesday 17th July - 10am-4.30pm

  • Do you want to increase your skills so your museum is awarded grants to do more creative work?
  • Do want to learn more about making great grant applications to non-heritage funders?
  • Do you want explore how working with an artist may increase your audiences and funding sources?
  • Do you want some mentoring support to get your grant application right?

If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions then one of these free workshops is definitely for you and your museum.

Funded by Arts Council England and designed particularly for independent and smaller public museums, these workshops will give you guidance on non-heritage funding sources and the “hands on” sessions will provide you with the tips and advice on how to put a great grant application together. The workshops will also explore how best to work with artists to create exciting programmes that could increase your audiences and grant giving partners, as arts activities can be supported through a range of open access grants and programmes.

Mentoring sessions will be available a few weeks after each workshop so you can talk through your grant application and get advice before you submit.

These workshops will be led by Fiona Mitchell-Innes and the artist Laura Baxter.  Fiona has worked in museums and arts organisations all her career, from small local museums to the Natural History Museum, and for Arts Council England.  She now works freelance for arts and heritage organisations and she delivers support for Accreditation in the West Midlands, South West and London.  Laura Baxter is a renowned contemporary artist, specialising in jewellery but also making large bespoke installation pieces for a number of museums across the country.  Between them Fiona and Laura will explore how you can best access money for creative projects and how you should work with artists to get the best results for your museums, your collections and your audiences.

 

Please download booking and details document here:  GEM workshop booking form

23rd June at Hartlebury for National Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month

Travellers’ Tales:  Sunday 23rd June 11.00am-5.00pm

 

An annual celebration of Traveller Heritage at Hartlebury

 

  • See our fabulous collection of Gypsy Caravans in the Transport Gallery and Museum Volunteer Ced Lewis’ beautifully crafted ¾ scale model, “Bita Rawni”.
  • Enjoy performances by Folk MusicianAndy Casserley as he wanders around the site
  • Watch Falconry Displays from Hagley Falconry in the Carriage Circle at 12.30 & 2.00pm & 3.00pm
  • Join Storyteller Richard O’Neill for true Travellers Tales in the Saloon at 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30 & 3.30pm
  • Join in traditional crafts in the Orchard area and around the Cider Mill. Make a willow fish or Gypsy flower with Helen Munday and Ron Smart
  • Meet groups from the Worcestershire Gypsy Roma Traveller Partnership and friends in the Great Hall. Includes “Through a Child’s Eyes” – an exhibition from The  National Gypsy Traveller Federation
  • Join in a Craft Activity or two in the Great Hall courtesy of Worcestershire Children’s Services for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children, Young People and Families

 

Refreshments are available in the museum cafe and Orchard area. Some activities may move indoors if the weather is poor.

 

 

Our Partners in the Great Hall:

 

West Mercia Police

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

Rooftop Housing

Vesta Community Trust and Wyre Forest Community Housing

Worcestershire Childrens Services for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children, Young People and Families

Worcestershire Health Care & NHS Trust

National Gypsy Traveller Federation

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Stourport Primary School

Hartlebury Preservation Trust

 

 

Worcestershire County Museum would like to thank the following for their generous support and help in organising this event:

                                                                              

The Diocese of Worcester

West Mercia Police

Rooftop Housing

Vesta Community Trust and Wyre Forest Community Housing

The Rural Media Company

Members of Worcestershire Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Partnership

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums