Monday, November 1, 2010

Jan 25 Conf on Museums, Researchers and Engmt:

From an announcement by NCCPE and the Beacons for Engagement:

"Museums, Researchers and Engagement: Working together to develop our skills 
25 January 2011, London
The NCCPE and the Beacons for Public Engagement have come together to host a workshop based around the excellent work already being done between universities, research institutes and museums. In partnership with the University Museums Group – this event aims to:
-          Develop mutual understanding between the research community and museums;
-          Showcase effective practice through a number of case studies highlighting the many ways universities and museums can work together;
-          Strengthen networking between museums and universities through exploring skills development and training;
-          Provide opportunities for people to explore potential projects.
We would like to encourage you bring a partner from a university/museum. However if you haven’t got a partner we would still encourage you to attend the event and we will allocate you a partner during the day.
Invitation to participate 
We are currently pulling together the program for this event, and inviting people to submit case studies for consideration. All submitted case studies will be included in our new website – due to launch in December 2010. In addition up to ten case studies will be included in a lunchtime exhibition, and up to three will be invited to share their work in the plenary session.
Case studies should be based on projects that have been mutually beneficial partnerships between museums and universities, who have worked together to share engagement skills and opportunities.  They might cover one or more of the following:
-          Public engagement in research;
-          Joint development of exhibitions;
-          Public events;
-          Student / Staff volunteering;
-          Curriculum-linked opportunities;
If you would like to contribute to this event by sharing a case study, please fill in and return the case study template
All  completed forms need to be returned to
The workshop organisers will select case studies for inclusion in the conference on the basis of:
-          Evidence of mutual benefit to all participants;
-          Evidence of effective skills sharing between university staff/ students and museum staff;
-          Innovative and effective public engagement activity;
-          Clearly articulated learning from the project – both challenges and successes;
-          Applicability of approach to other contexts;
-          Sustainability of initiative.
In addition we will seek to get a diversity of approaches and relationships including: Type of institutions (HEIs and museums); Participants in the project (students, researchers, museum staff, publics); Scale of project
The people involved in the selection process will be: Antonio Benitez, Ceri Black, Sophie Duncan and Sally Macdonald.
Applications need to be in by 20 November, and we will let you know if you have been successful by 20 December 2010.
Booking for the event will open in November. We are very keen to encourage museum staff and university staff to come together to the event. The event is free, but there will be a charge to those who book but fail to attend.
You or your colleagues may also wish to attend the NCCPE’s Engage 2010 conference on 7&8 December in London. For more information see  You would be most welcome!
For any queries, please call Lisa Adlington at NCCPE on 0117 9150192.
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