Monument Fellowship knowledge transfer events

Geraldine Kendall, 04.05.2011
Don't miss upcoming Twitter Q&A session and industrial tool workshop
The Museums Association’s (MA) Monument Fellowship scheme is staging two knowledge transfer events this month. The scheme, which is funded by the Monument Trust, enables retired museum professionals to pass on their curatorial expertise.

On 12 May, the Booth Museum in Brighton is hosting an online Q&A session on Twitter. The museum’s zoology curator, who is undertaking a Monument Fellowship, will be available to answer your queries about animal and bird specimens.

Questions on everything from displaying specimens to conservation, taxidermy and the history of collecting zoology will be welcome – send your tweets to @brightonmuseums under the hashtag #sciencefellow.

The museum will also be tweeting and blogging facts and stories about its collections all day. Spokeswoman Jenny Hand said: “We would especially like to support smaller museums with natural science collections who lack expertise in this area.”

On 18 May, the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge is hosting a free workshop aimed at museum professionals with an interest in industrial history.

Former engineers and curators James Wood and Daniel Mackay will be talking about machine tools and Scottish engineering, and helping attendees to identify types of machine tools and understand their purpose.

The day will also provide an insight into the historical context of the tools’ manufacture, enabling curators to determine how fabricated metal objects in their collections were created.

To register, please contact the museum’s industrial history curator Justin Parkes on 01236 856376 or email

The workshop runs 10.30 to 16.00.

Click here to download a programme (pdf)

Monument Fellowships

The Monument Fellowship scheme was established in 2007 and will come to an end this year. The last round of funding is now closed.

A free Monument Fellowship Toolkit with information and practical advice about setting up your own knowledge transfer programme will be published on the MA website on 15 May, along with a Museum Practice special on succession planning (MP is open to members and subscribers only).

For more information on these resources, click here