***this event has been postponed, new July date and venue tbc***
Would you like to get involved in a museum and university partnership? Are you keen to meet museums and academics from across the country to network and develop new ideas? Then why not take part in a National MUPI Match event...
There are many benefits to museums and universities working together, from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.
However, finding a partner and having the resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. This MUPI National Sandpit draws upon a tried and tested methodology which brings people together to develop new partnerships. Each session involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. This event has a particular focus on partnerships that span boundaries - whether these be geographic, thematic, subject-specific, or technological. (For those wanting to develop partnerships in their region, please see the regional sandpits.)
A small grants fund of £6000 available; the MUPI Match event includes an opportunity for teams formed at the event to bid for funding (of between £500-£1500) from the MUPI Match fund. This ‘thinking funding’ will enable people to do desk research; have conversations; travel and attend site visits/meetings; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.
How to get involved
If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum (or one working towards Accreditation) or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums, then a MUPI National Sandpit is just what you are looking for! The event is interactive and free to take part in. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special...
Please follow the registration link above to apply for a place at the National MUPI Sandpit.
MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund and developed by the NCCPE, Share Academy and Paddy McNulty Associates.