Date(s) - 16/01/2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Polar Museum
Facilitators: Nichola Johnson, former Director of The Sainsbury Centre and head of MA in Museology at the University of East Anglia. Bridget Yates, Museums Association Monument Fellow and Former Curator of Gressenhall Rural Life Museum With regular contributions from senior SHARE partners.
After excellent feedback from the last five years we are very pleased to once again offer Understanding Museums: a series of six absorbing days with some of the region’s most stimulating museum minds. The course runs fortnightly at five different museum venues in the region, with the second week taking the form of a study trip to London.
The course will give participants an excellent grounding in the world of museums, its work, its challenges and its opportunities. The course is of great benefit to those new to the field and for anyone who would like an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the sector.
The sessions take place in a variety of museum settings, and are focussed on the ‘why?’ and the ‘what?’ rather than the ‘how to’. They will be delivered in both lecture and discussion format with lively and engaging speakers, a varied programme and a rich intellectual content.
Understanding Museums is a six part course. To maximise the benefit of this course it is compulsory that participants attend at least 4 sessions, including sessions one and six. It is strongly recommended that participants attend every session.
Participants may be asked to undertake a short piece of preparatory work before each session, for example finding out about the history of their museum or another of their choice, which they will be asked to share with the group.
Session 1: What can objects do for us?
Monday 16th January 2017 – The Polar Museum, Cambridge Participants bring something of personal significance. Discussion about the meaning of things and the stories attached to them. How does this influence thinking about museum objects?
Session 2: History and context
Tuesday 7th February 2017 – London Field Trip An intensive examination of three London museums / galleries will provide a broad introduction to the museum landscape and to the early history of museums. Participants will undertake both individual and group work in the chosen museums and there will be plenty of time for discussion. Please note that this day is planned as an integral part of the course. Further discussions on the history of museums will be included in the sessions that follow. Full details will be given nearer the time.
Session 3: Structures and governance
Monday 20th February 2017- The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Who runs museums? How are different museums governed? This session will look at University, independent and local authority museums.
Session 4: Collecting, caring and exhibiting
Monday 6th March 2017 – The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge An introduction to museum ethics and thinking about what we do.
Session 5: Advocacy, Communication and Building your Networks
Monday 20th March 2017 – The Museum of Cambridge Our networks, and how we represent our organisations, are increasingly important in all our working lives. This session is designed to build understanding and confidence.
Session 6: How can museums make a difference?
Monday 3rd April 2016 – The Mews, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket Thinking about the social, economic and cultural impact of museums. Summing up of the course.
What people are saying about Understanding Museums:
“I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bridget and Nichola are very engaging and fascinating to listen to.”
“Thank you for a most informative and professionally presented course.” (Feedback forms, 2015)
“Nichola and Bridget were amazing, two of the best and most thought provoking lecturers we’ve had so far.” (Museum Trainee, 2015)
By submitting a booking form, you are applying to attend all six sessions. If you are unable to attend one or more of the sessions, please make a note of this in the “access & dietary requirements” section of the booking form. Please read the full course information above before booking your place.
Please note: Due to the limited number of places available on this course, for the time being we are only able to confirm one place per museum. If you would like to request a second place, please do fill in the booking form and leave a note in the “comments” box, and we will be in touch if additional places are available closer to the date.
For more information on Understanding Museums please contact Kathy Moore at SHARE Museums East on 01603 493646 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is fully booked.