Open Up: Making More of Stored Collections *SOLD OUT*

3 December 2018, British Museum
Museums Association One-Day Conference

Following a successful one-day conference in spring 2016, the Museums Association is pleased to announce a new event on 3 December at the British Museum exploring new approaches to designing and utilising museum stores, and mobilising stored collections in sustainable and engaging ways.

The day addresses how museums can increase the accessibility and visibility of their stored collections, and how they can go about the task of storing born-digital artefacts, from archives to social media. 

The day also looks at the challenges and opportunities of current capital storage projects and consider the future of museum storage in the light of the Mendoza review. 

Speakers include:
Sandra Kisters
Head of Collections and Research, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Sandra Kisters is the head of collections and research at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Previously she worked as assistant professor in modern and contemporary art at Utrecht University and Radboud University in Nijmegen. She received her PhD from VU University in Amsterdam in 2010.

Sandra speaks about the museum’s groundbreaking new Depot, which will be the first art storage facility in the world to allow access to a complete collection in storage without a curatorial guide when it opens in 2020.

Steve Trow
Steve Trow retired in 2018 as a member of Historic England’s Executive Team and its Director of Research, after more than 30 years with the organisation. He is an archaeologist who has previously worked at the British Museum and Museum of London, and he now serves on the advisory groups for the National Trust and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Before retirement, Steve led Historic England’s input to the Mendoza Review on the challenges facing archaeological archives.

Christine McLean
Heritage Manager at Renfrewshire Leisure
Christine McLean is the heritage manager at Renfrewshire Leisure, responsible for strategic development and management of Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, Coats Observatory, the Heritage Centre, Renfrew Museum and the Secret Collection (Paisley’s High Street Collection Store). Prior to this, she worked for 16 years at National Museums Scotland latterly as the community engagement manager, leading multiple partnership projects and funding bids. She has worked for Glasgow Life’s Open Museum, is a committee member on the Scottish Museums Federation and is one of three MA Scotland representatives.

Christine introduces Paisley Museum’s new publicly-accessible storage facility on Paisley High Street, which is giving the public access to the museum’s collections while it is closed for redevelopment.

Arran Rees
PhD student at the University of Leeds
Arran's PhD is looking into the collections management implications of developing social media collecting practices. After spending around seven years working as a curator and collections manager in museums across South Wales, and later in London, Arran became interested in the practical ways museums need to adapt their process to suit an increasingly digital future. His other interests include contemporary collecting and meme cultures.

William Kilbride
Executive Director, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)
William Kilbride is the executive director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a not-for-profit membership organisation providing community engagement, advocacy, workforce development, capacity, good practice and standards in digital preservation. He started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the discipline’s enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data. He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was the research manager for history and before that was the assistant director of the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York. He was previously a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he retains an honorary position.

Jenny Crothall
Collections Storage and Access Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich
Jenny speaks about how the new Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre will allow Royal Museums Greenwich to operate more efficiently and to improve access to the collection. 

The day will run from 1045 to 1700, with registration from 0945.


Museums Association members
Individual, Corporate or Institutional member - £125       
Individual member: prospective AMA member - £95
Individual member: student, retired, volunteer or unwaged - £55
Non-members - £195

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If you would like to be added to a waiting list please email Lorraine O'Leary