Museum Studies – Student day
Wednesday 23 January 2008, 11.00-15.30
BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre
Admission free, booking essential
A day of talks by British Museum staff giving students a behind-the-scenes insight into the running and organisation of an internationally celebrated museum. Students wishing to broaden their knowledge of museums and the culture and heritage sector are welcome.
11.00-11.30 Chris Spring, Curator of Contemporary and Southern African Art, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Chris will discuss fieldwork, collecting the contemporary, consulting and collaborating with African artists in Africa and the UK with a view to acquiring their work for the BM - and how all this fits into the way the African collections are displayed.
11.30-12.00 Jim Broughton, Head of Interpretation, Department of Learning & Audiences
Jim uses evaluation case studies to highlight how visitor research and our understanding of audiences affects the way we use interpretative techniques to build meaning within our exhibitions and galleries.
Jill Maggs, Loans Manager, Directorate
Jill gives an introduction to the loans process and discusses the part lending plays in the Museum’s national and international activity using recent examples.
12.30-12.45 Panel Q&A
12.45-13.45 Lunch, please make your own arrangements
Jillian Marsh, Head of Marketing
Jillian gives an overview of how a marketing team works within a museum environment and discusses the ingredients of a successful marketing campaign.
John Orna-Ornstein, Head of London Programmes, Department of Learning & Audiences
What does it mean to hold the world's most diverse museum collection at the centre of the world's most diverse city? Or to be a 'museum of the world, for the world' when the world lives on your doorstep? John will talk about working with communities, partnerships across London, connecting international and local working, and some of the challenges of trying to be a local London museum.
Silke Ackermann, Curator of European and Islamic scientific instruments and other medieval and post-medieval collections and Project leader of Room 3, Department of Prehistory & Europe
Silke will introduce Room 3, the Museum's experimental gallery in the wider context of the Museum's activities and the lessons that she has learnt for her own curatorial work.
15.15-15.30 Panel Q&A
Book through the British Museum Box Office Enquiries: 020 7323 8851
Tel: 020 7323 8181 Fax: 020 7323 8616
Programme is subject to change.
Certain galleries will be open until 20.30
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.