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From 6thNovember 2012-13th January 2013 the Museum of the History of Science is showing Fancy Games and Fun Toys, an exhibition revealing the entertaining and instructive world of Victorian optical toys from flip-books to phenakistis

In March this year, the Pitt Rivers VERVE team hosted a unique cinema event in collaboration with Oxford ASPIRE and Oxford University Humanities division. The event was funded as a pilot and comprised a film screening with live music, expert talks from academics and object handling.

In September Oxford University Museums hosted an afternoon of Lightning Talks from colleagues across our museums looking at everything from research and museum collections, how both exhibitions and permanent galleries are development, education programmes, commercial activity, and more.

I work as a freelance consultant in the South West of England currently as Coordinator for the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries. Working from home as a freelancer gives a degree of flexibility but can be isolating. This year I have been lucky enough to attend several of the Oxford ASPIRE training workshops which have provided a good opportunity to get out and network.

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