MUPI National Sandpit 'Working Across Boundaries': London

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:30pm
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Cinema Museum, London

Please note, we are currently operating a waiting list for university-based applicants, although we are still looking for museum-based partners.


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 join us for our final 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 final MUPI match event draws upon a tried and tested methodology to bring 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 focuses specifically on some of the most popular themes from our regional Matches that explore the idea of 'Working Across Boundaries' in different ways:

• Using new technologies in cultural heritage settings e.g. mapping, 3D modelling, big data, innovative ways to animate collections
• Engaging new audiences – from student placements to non-traditional specialist audiences
• Migration, politics, activism


MUPI Match events provide an opportunity for teams formed at the event to bid for funding (of between £500-£1500) from the MUPI Match fund. A pot of £6000 is available for this event. 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

Are you:

  • Working or volunteering in an ACE Accredited museum (or one working towards Accreditation) and looking to connect?
  • A postgraduate, postdoctoral or established researcher, keen to explore the rich possibilities for national collaborations?

If so, this MUPI National Sandpit could be 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.

Testimonials from previous events

"[my highlight was] meeting such a diverse range of professionals; learning about what museums are doing and what they want/need to do" Researcher

"[I liked] meeting potential contributors and growing in confidence to share our museum’s vision and project" Museum professional

"A concrete and deliverable opportunity maximising on my work goals and research interests" Researcher

"[Loved] meeting like-minded people and sharing ideas with universities and other different sized museums" Museum professional 

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.