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Getting Things Done in New Ways: Museums & Higher Education
Tue 21 March 2017, 10:30 – 16:00 GMT
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In tough times, museums and universities constantly need to explore new ways to achieve their goals.
Partnerships between universities and museums can help to deliver results in new ways. However, there can be many barriers to making successful partnerships.
Do you have a ‘wish list’ of projects you’d love to achieve, but currently lack the contacts, relevant resources or in-house skills?
Do you want to develop relationships with the museums or universities on your doorstep, but are uncertain about where to start?
If you’re answering ‘yes’ to these questions, then join with colleagues at a networking event for museums and universities.
It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation. The opportunities are endless.
However, establishing these partnerships, or developing new ones, can be challenging. This event will help museums and universities to:
understand more about each other, and our different ways of working
meet museum staff and volunteers and university staff and students
get top tips about how to devise projects, start conversations, maintain relationships, make agreements and more
share experiences of placements, volunteering programmes and research/ development partnerships – and learn from what has worked elsewhere
find out about how to apply to take part in the Museum and University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) project this May which will help you meet and formulate partnership ideas; and has a small grants programme to help kick-start and establish joint museum-university projects.
This event aims to initiate an ongoing practical network for the Higher Education and museum sectors in the South West. It is supported by funds from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience-funded Museums and Universities Partnership Initiative.
How should attend?
Those working or volunteering in museums in the south west who want to make closer links with universities and their students
Staff in universities in the south west with an interest in external partnerships for placements/ volunteering
Academics with an interest in closer links with the heritage and cultural sector, based at higher education institutions in the south west
Should interest exceed capacity, priority will be given to the above mentioned groups.
More information on the MUPI project can be found here: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/current-projects/museum-university-partnerships-initiative