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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Call for 2020 Museum partners

Call for 2020 Museum partners

The British Museum is seeking museum, gallery and heritage organisations to host trainees for the second year of Museum Futures. Recruitment of trainees would begin summer 2019 for January 2020 placements.

In the 2020 cohort year there will be 9 trainees, one will be based at the British Museum, one at another London museum/gallery and 7 based at partner museums across the UK.

We are looking for partner museums that can identify a well situated and keen supervisor to support a trainee to work on an important digital project related to museum collections. Ideal trainee projects could connect to the four key digital concepts we will be exploring through regular network training sessions: digitisation; data management; digital access and engagement; and digital preservation.

Please click the button to download the expression of interest form which has more information about the programme and how to apply to become a host partner. The deadline for this round of EOIs is 17th of May 2019.

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Recruitment of trainees

Recruitment of trainees

Trainees will gain a diploma and in-work training and experiences to build their CV, so we encourage young people aged 18-24 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply. Candidates should be  IT literate and curious about museum work and digital technology. No previous museum experience is necessary. Candidates with over 6 months experience of working in a museum and/or a postgraduate qualification are not eligible to apply.

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Volunteering with Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Each of the Museum Futures host museums will be offering volunteer activities this autumn, specifically to young adults interested in learning more about museum work. We are hoping that these experiences will ignite an interest in museums as a career option. And maybe a few people will apply for the Museum Futures paid traineeship that wouldn’t otherwise think this kind of work was for them.

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