UNIVERSITY MUSUEUMS GROUP CONFERENCE
In March 2013 the Oxford University Museums hosted the 25th Anniversary University Museums Group Conference, up for discussion “What are University Museums for?”
In one of the groups most well attended conferences to date, 100 delegates form across the UK and parts of Europe descended on Oxford for the two day event.
Keynote speakers included:
Lord Chris Smith, former Culture Secretary
David Sweeney, Director of Research Innovation and Skills, HEFCE
Hedley Swain, Head of Museums for Arts Council England.
We worked with the MUSEUM OF OXFORD, continuing to second two members of staff to deliver their community engagement and reminiscence programmes.
We worked with BANBURY MUSEUM on the expansion of the reminiscence service and on delivering training to their new shadow Board ahead of their move to Trust.
We worked with POWELL COTTON MUSEUM on an HLF application that culminated in an exhibition of Angolan artefacts which we supported through services and training in conservation, mount making, display and the delivery of educational activities.
We’ve given advice to museums and cultural organisations on subjects such as 3D Imaging, Collections Management, Conservation, Education, Exhibitions, Fundraising, Human Resources, Lighting, Merchandising, Print on Demand, Publishing, Venue Hire and Visitor Experience.
We are currently providing mentoring relationships to colleagues from Chiltern Open Air Museum and the Russell-Cotes Gallery on Fundraising and Philanthropy.
ASPIRE KNOWLEDGE SHARING EVENTS PROGRAMME
From November 2012 to March 2013 ASPIRE delivered 6 knowledge sharing event for museum and cultural professionals around the areas of Fundraising and Philanthropy, Digital Thinking for Museums, Commercial Enterprise and Managing Museums.
Events were attended by 129 delegates from 76 different organisations.
70% of attendees were from organisation in our key Berkshire-Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire (BOB) region, to whom we offered priority places.
Delegates also came from as far afield as Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Plymouth, Exeter & Norwich.
103 delegates returned evaluation forms & their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. 99% of delegates rated both their overall experience and the speakers positively.
THANKS TO ALL OUR COLLEAGUES WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO PLAN & DELIVER THESE EVENTS
Jossie Austen, Senior Campaigns Executive, Oxford University Museums & Collections
Susie Billings, Senior Development Manager, Ashmolean Museum
Helen Bottomley, Development Officer, Heritage Lottery Fund
Sarah Casey, Development Officer, Ashmolean Museum
Yvonne Cawkwell, Retail Manager, Museum of Natural History & Pitt Rivers
Jeremy Ensor, Commercial Director, Ashmolean Museum
Kate Lindsay, Manager of Engagement, Academic IT Services, University of Oxford
Emily Magnuson, Major Gifts Manager (Campaigns), Ashmolean Museum
Tess McCormick, Head of Development, Ashmolean Museum
Kath Moss, Charity Consultant, Chritchley’s Chartered Accountants
Ahn Nguyen, Major Gifts Manager (Operations), Ashmolean Museum
Judy Niner, Development Partners
Andrew Noton, Head of Finance, Ashmolean Museum
Polly Nuttgens, Development Administrative Officer, Ashmolean Museum
Natasha O’Farrell, Friends and Patrons Manager, Ashmolean Museum
Jon Pratty, Relationship Manager, Digital & Creative Economies, Arts Council SE
Katherine Proudlove, Development and Communications Assistant, Modern Art Oxford
Mia Ridge, PhD Researcher in Digital Humanities, Chair of Museums Computer Group
Sue Shave, Director, Chiltern Open Air Museum
Helen Shone, Development Partners
Verity Slater, Director of Communications and Development, Modern Art Oxford