Museum Futures on the British Museum podcast

Museum Futures on the British Museum podcast

Recently I was invited to be on the British Museum podcast, a monthly magazine-style show featuring interviews with people from across the museum. I was asked to talk about Museum Futures, and my work managing the programme, because one of the people involved in producing and editing the podcast, Alfie, just happens to also be a Museum Futures trainee.

Listen to episode 5 of the British Museum podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/the-british-museum-podcast-5

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2020 Partners announced!

2020 Partners announced!

We are pleased to announce that the following 9 museums and organisations will be hosting the second cohort of Museum Futures trainees. Recruitment will begin in Fall 2019 for placements to start January 2020:

  • Birmingham Museums Trust

  • Bristol Culture/ South West Museum Development

  • Derby Museums

  • Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

  • The British Museum

We used an open selection process in order to reach partners who may have not previously been involved in a British Museum skills-sharing initiative…

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Museum Futures in Somerset

Museum Futures in Somerset

I’m Josh and I am the Museum Futures Trainee for the South West Heritage Trust in Somerset. For the last three months I have been working in both the Museums and Archives teams at the Somerset Heritage. The History of Somerset has always been incredibly important to me, so having the opportunity to work with a collection of ten million archival materials and three million objects relating to the county seems the perfect way to learn more about my community and heritage.

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A Senior Photographer and a Training Manager walk into a museum...

A Senior Photographer and a Training Manager walk into a museum...

I tagged along on a knowledge sharing trip to the Museum of East Anglian Life with our Senior Photographer. What I learned is that you can do excellent object photography even at speed and even when your photo studio is a shed within a shed. All you need is a digital camera, lights, some simple materials like mirrors and polystyrene, and a bit of experimentation. This trip also gave me the opportunity to see Lois in action and lean more about her experience as a Museum Futures trainee.

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My Work for the Museum of Liverpool

My Work for the Museum of Liverpool

I’m Abbie and I’m the Museum Futures Digital Preservation Trainee for National Museums Liverpool. I work with the Regional Archaeology Department at the Museum of Liverpool and I’ve already learned and done so much in just my first few months.

Some of my day-to-day responsibilities have been performing collections management duties such as creating and updating our databases and records, as well as handling and organising some sites in the regional archaeology collection.

Currently I am working on making records for a hoard of 1500 Roman coins found in Poole in 2016.

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Digitising the Pavilion Review

Digitising the Pavilion Review

One of my first projects as Museum Futures Trainee was to digitise and publish the Pavilion Review, the Royal Pavilion & Museums newsletter which ran from 1984 to 2008.

This archive of 42 issues contains an incredible amount of insider knowledge and behind the scenes stories which very few people have had the opportunity to read. This limited audience is the exact reason why I was so eager to publish them, to make this wealth of knowledge accessible to the public.

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Digitising Portraits at the Garden Museum

Digitising Portraits at the Garden Museum

Hi, I’m Helen and my Museum Futures traineeship is taking place at the Garden Museum, Britain's only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens.

In my first two months I have been immersed into the world of museum work, from understanding the procedures followed to ensure objects in the collection easy to identify to how public events are programmed and executed. As part of my core work I’m been looking through and beginning to digitise some of the Museum’s collection and archive of garden design.

We are all naturally curious and I have become particularly fascinated by the large selection of photographic portraits of people in their gardens which the Museum has in the collection. These are not only charming images but give an insight in to historical gardening practices and social customs in a range of gardens: public parks to private kitchen gardens, grand greenhouses to common backyards.

Here I present ten of my favorite portraits that I’ve discovered and digitised so far. All taken around the turn of the century, these images reflect a time when improvements in technology allowed photography to be more widely available.

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Call for Mentors

Call for Mentors

Update 13 March: We have received a great response to the #MuseumFutures call for mentors! We are still looking for 2 more museum professionals based near Norwich or Liverpool to support young people starting their careers!

We are seeking experienced Museum professionals to become mentors for the 2019 cohort of Museum Futures, the British Museum’s paid training programme in partnership with museums across the UK. Ideal mentors will be based in the geographic area of one of the partner organisations and have an interest in supporting the development of one young person starting their career in the museum sector. Please see below or attached Mentor Role Description for more information and contact me with any questions or to register your interest by March 25 so we can plan a training day (travel expenses covered) for all prospective mentors.

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