An artists' impression of the planned site in Yardley, Birmingham

Future of museum storage conference

Alex Stevens, 14.11.18
Full programme announced for 3 December event at British Museum
The full programme for the MA’s Open Up: Making More of Stored Collections on 3 December has been confirmed, with several projects of national and international significance on the agenda. 

The day will be chaired by Heather Caven, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s (V&A) Collections Centre. As part of plans announced earlier this month, in 2023 the V&A’s collections will move from Blythe House in west London to a new collections and research centre at Here East which will “reinvent the idea of a museum store”. 

Sessions on opening up collections will include contributions from Christine McLean, the heritage manager at Renfrewshire Leisure, who will introduce Paisley Museum’s new publicly-accessible storage facility on Paisley High Street, and Rob Lewis, a collections care manager at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT). 

Lewis will speak about BMT’s ambitious plans for a new collections and cultural hub in Yardley, which BMT intends to use to engage a new local community as well as to work in partnership with other arts and heritage institutions.  

A session on digital storage will ask how museums can respond to the demands of collecting born-digital artefacts, with William Kilbride, the executive director of the Digital Preservation Coalition, and Arran Rees, whose PhD research at the University of Leeds covers the implications of social media collecting for museums. 

Previously announced speakers include Sandra Kisters, the head of collections and research at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, who will discuss the museum’s revolutionary new depot, and Steve Trow, who led Historic England’s input to the Mendoza Review on the challenges facing archaeological archives.

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16.11.2018, 11:03
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