Display cases created at Horsham Museum as part of an Effective Collections project coordinated by the Booth Museum

Discuss your collections work at Conference 2012

Geraldine Kendall, 08.08.2012
MA's collections coordinator to offer one-on-one advice
The Museums Association’s collections coordinator, Sally Colvin, will be available to offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (EFCF) throughout Conference 2012 in Edinburgh this November.

Past participants on MA collections projects will join Colvin on Thursday 8 November to offer advice at the Effective Collections marketplace, a space to discuss and swap ideas for collections-related work.

On Friday 9 November, Colvin will run drop-in sessions at the MA stand in the exhibition hall to provide one-on-one assistance to anyone with an idea for an EFCF project. The fund awards grants between £20,000-£100,000 to museums with projects that improve understanding, appreciation and use of collections.

In addition, former Effective Collections project coaches will host a Q&A session from 2-3pm on Friday to help delegates solve their collections-related problems.

Colvin said: “I look forward to talking to people about their ideas for projects – last year people came with a huge range of ideas and several of them turned into really strong applications to the collections fund. I hope we can do the same again.”

A host of other sessions at Conference 2012 also focus on collections. Knowledge exchange: The elephant in the room, which runs 12.30pm to 1.20pm on Thursday, examines how natural history collections might be under threat after a decline in the number of specialist curators, and debates whether collections should be redistributed to centres of excellence.

Café Scientifique takes place at 3.05pm to 3.55pm on Thursday and provides a space where curators can discuss the latest scientific research on collections and find out how to forge links with the science community.

Unlocking the Past, which runs 4.40pm to 5.25pm on Thursday, looks at how museum objects can make a difference to prisoners’ lives, exploring the link between crime and social exclusion and the value of offenders working with real exhibits.

The MA Conference & Exhibition 2012 takes place on Thursday 8 November and Friday 9 November at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, with an early-bird discount available to everyone who books before 30 August.

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