Exciting 2013/14 events season for all interested in museum ethnography (http://www.
Following a review of the Museum Ethnographers Group’s (MEG) traditional events programme and feedback from members, we’ve redesigned the autumn 2013 – spring 2014 programme with an emphasis on continuing professional development and networking opportunities. We’re trialling a range of different events, all of which are reasonably priced, and are keen to secure participation and feedback. These events are open to all so please publicise them to your colleagues and contacts.
The programme starts with a training day on ‘Researching donors of museum ethnography’ on at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. Led by historian and museum consultant Dr Katherine Prior, the day will provide a unique opportunity for museum ethnographers to learn how to make effective use of commonly-available local and family history resources to research donor history. The day will have an emphasis on practical, hands on experience and participants are encouraged to bring a donor name to test out the process. The participation fee is just £40 for members (£70 for non-members).
On we will be visiting the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (University of Cambridge) for a critical assessment of their new exhibition, Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji. Co-curated by Anita Herle and Lucie Carreau, this exhibition presents highlights from the most historically significant collection of Fijian objects in the world outside of Fiji. The visit will include an opportunity to meet exhibition curators and other staff involved. Participation for members costs just £10 (£15 for non-members) and includes lunch.
Following the success of a previous Europe visit (to Paris) this winter we invite MEG members to join us on a visit to the Museum of World Cultures (Varldskulturmuseerna) in Gothenburg,Sweden on . The visit will include a chance to view their current exhibition and to meet collections staff at this ground-breaking museum. Flights cost from about £85 (Ryanair, Stansted) or £135 (various, London Heathrow or Gatwick). Participants are responsible for booking their own flights and accommodation.
Lastly, we’ve teamed up with the Human Remains Specialist Subject Network for a training event on ‘Curating Human Remains in UK Museums’ on at theRoyal College of Surgeons, London. The day will address the ethics and practice of caring for human remains in an institution, and includes a hands-on workshop focusing on the packing and storing of human remains. The speakers include specialist curators and conservators from theNatural History Museum, Royal College of Surgeons and the Museum of London. Participation costs £30 and is open to all.
MEG are aiming to keep costs down by handling bookings ourselves. For any of these events please complete a booking form on the MEG Events web page (http://www.
museumethnographersgroup.org. uk/en/events.html) or email our treasurer (treasurer@ museumethnographersgroup.org. uk).