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Overview

Who: Researchers from non-museums backgrounds

What: The chance to gain practical experience of working with museums

Why: Helps participants to put into practice their public engagement skills by extending part of an existing programme.

Where: East Midlands

When: September 2010 - September 2012

Project description

The project offers participants the chance to gain practical experience of working with museums and to enhance (and put into practice) their public engagement skills by extending part of an existing public programme (drawing on their own research perspectives.) It will run September 2010 to September 2012.

Participants from 6 East Midlands universities get 4 days of training and 2 days of mentoring from professionals in researcher development, museums and heritage studies and the museums sector. They must then work in teams to design, develop and deliver at least 2 public engagement events to new audiences or in new formats/locations (as identified by the partner museum.) In the second year of the project, participants will be encouraged to bid to a seedcorn fund to establish their own public engagement project/partnership in their own institutions. Ongoing support and mentoring will be provided.

Purpose

  • To strengthen existing links and to develop new relationships between universities (researchers) and museums.
  • To build on existing public engagement training for postgraduates from the Arts & Humanities and to offer an opportunity for them to put their new skills into practice.
  • To offer museums the opportunity to have a fresh insight on an existing exhibition (drawing on a wide range of research perspectives of a group of postgraduate students.)

Results and outcomes

The project is an an early stage of development - and therefore there is no current data for this section

Resources required

£11,140 funding from AHRC

Match-funding from Galleries of Justice, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University (including seedcorn funding for Year 2)

Contact

Name: Rebekah Smith McGloin

Institution: University of Nottingham

Email: rebekah.smith.mcgloin@nottingham.ac.uk