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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

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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.

 

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

Wikipedia Event!

Why museums are taking to Wikipedia

Still wondering about why and how?
Nearly 600 museums in the UK use wikipedia as a way of getting more exposure for their collections, buildings up a wider volunteer base and gathering more and more expertise and audience participation.
This event shows how some museums in the West Midlands have started to take this free resource more seriously. Over the last two years the West Midlands MDOs have been encouraging museums to build pages, run ‘backstage’ events and exploit all the benefits of this massive phenomenon.If you’re still unsure of the why or how, come along and hear what’s involved and how you can plan to make the most of the 38million wikipedians out there.
Monday 4th March, Black Country Living Museum, 1.30pm to 4.30 pm

Book your place here:

http://wikishowcase.eventbrite.co.uk/

Love Worcester

From 14th to 25th February 2013 Worcester′s Heritage Attractions will be holding special Love themed events.
The attractions hosting events include:
  • Elgar Birthplace Museum
  • George Marshall Medical Museum
  • Greyfriars House & Garden
  • The Commandery
  • The Infirmary
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  • Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry
View the Love Worcester 2013 events below or download and print the pdf leaflet Love_Worcester_Leaflet
Or, find out more at the Visit Worcester website

Heritage Open Days

Well, it’s that time of year again! Heritage Open Days offer a brilliant opportunity for folk to get all sorts of special one-off experiences at their local heritage sites. Find out about everything going on in Worcestershire on the HODs site here http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/county/worcestershire

I will be spending the weekend with my host site, the County Museum in Hartlebury. If you fancy popping by, there will be plenty going on (including free entry!) with activities, collections centre tours, and me providing information and displays on collections care.

Open from 11-5 Sat 8th and Sun 9th Sept.

http://www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-worcestershire/hartlebury-museum.aspx

 

 

Event: VE Memories at The Commandery

This event just popped up on my radar, and it looks mighty interesting. I will certainly be heading along to the vintage fair and fashion show on the Monday, hope to see you there!

 

Sunday 6th (1.30-5pm) and Monday 7th (10am-5pm)

 

Both days: Meet Doris Dinsdale the Wartime Housewife and find out about life on the home front during WW2 (in the Old Kitchen; 10.30-1pm and 2-4.30pm).

 

Make do and take a gas mask box or corsage and join in with our Knit one for Worcester knitting project

(in the Food Room – G22)

 

Spot the Spitfire with our high-flying trail around the building (collect from Reception/Shop)

 

See a variety of wartime vehicles and costumed characters in the Gardens (weather permitting) and around the building,

courtesy of Worcester Re-enactors.

 

Sunday Only:

Between 2-4pm Visit the Fashion Clinic in the Dressing Up Room (F16) and meet authors Jo Waterhouse and Clare Bridge as they sign copies of their new book “Wearable Vintage Fashion”. On sale in our shop NOW!

 

Monday Only:

Enjoy the Vintage Fair Courtesy of WAVE (Great Hall 11am-4.30pm).

See “Fashion on a Ration” 40s fashion shows at 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm (Great Hall)

Hear the fabulous Worcester Ukulele Band perform at 1.10pm, 2.10pm (Great Hall) and 2.50pm (Courtyard – weather permitting)

www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Worcester’s Fourth Plinth Project

About the project

A series of one-day creative residencies where YOU can take over the ex- Worcester Library space!

Museums Worcestershire are running temporary projects in part of the old library space once Worcester Library moves to the Hive.  Worcester’s Fourth Plinth is the first of these projects and will run from Monday June 25th to Friday July 20th 2012.

We are inviting participants to take part in the project.  Each participant will have residency of the fourth plinth for one day and they have complete freedom in how they use it.  We are hoping for an exciting series of creative work, which might include displays of paintings, poetry readings, performances, installations, sketching, sit ins, fashion shows and much more.

Worcester’s Fourth Plinth project is inspired by the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and particularly Anthony Gormley’s artwork One & Other.  But sited within Worcester’s ex-library space in 2012, it will become something new with messages about the creative work in this area and the significance of public buildings.

The website, www.fourthplinthworcester.com includes information on how to apply to be a participant, and what will be happening on the first, second and third plinths.

Museum on the Move at Hartlebury Castle

After many months of suspense about the new ‘Just Art’ exhibition on display in the MOM bus, today I finally got my first glimpse. Sitting proud outside the the castle, the MOM bus is attracting lots of attention from the Hartlebury visitors, and I definitely saw some parents eyeing up the dressing up box………..

MOM this year has encorporated the following:

The theme chosen this year is the Arts. This is a very broad subject, but 6 sub-topics have been identified to enable us to explore key aspects within the space of the MoM vehicle. The sub-topics include:

1.     Introduction – what constitutes “the arts” and a brief history

2.     Visual Arts – sculpture, painting and architecture; how we view and represent the world around us.

3.     Literary Arts – prose, drama, poetry and oral arts such as epic, legend and folktales.

4.     Performing Arts – music and dance plus reference to magic, comedy, opera circus arts and film.

5.     Decorative Arts – functional art pieces such as furniture, ceramics and glass.

6.     The Arts and well-being – how access to and enjoy of the arts can improve our health and quality of life.

(Taken from http://www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-worcestershire/hartlebury-museum/learning/museum-on-the-move.aspx)

Sun shining on the Mobile Museum at Hartlebury

The wonderful Helen (Mobile Museum Interpreter) showing off the interiors of the bus

To find out more about hiring the Museum on the Move bus, please contact Sue Pope at spope@worcestershire.gov.uk