MA launches latest round of Monument Fellowships

Geraldine Kendall, 21.09.2010
Apply now to give specialists at your museum a chance to pass on their collections knowledge

Applications are now open for the next - and possibly last - round of Monument Fellowships. Supported by the Monument Trust, the scheme offers museums an opportunity to record existing collections expertise that might otherwise be lost.

Successful applicants will devise a project, with guidance from the MA, enabling retired or about-to- retire collections specialists to impart their subject knowledge to successors or former colleagues, as well as the wider museum community.

Participating Fellows will receive a daily fee of £100. The Fellowships also include a package of support and training from the MA and a small budget towards expenses.

Host museums are usually requested to offer a partnership funding contribution of around 50%, though smaller contributions will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants must demonstrate that the project is closely linked to their core priorities and is part of an organisation-wide commitment to developing collections knowledge.

MA Diversify coordinator Lucy Shaw, who runs the scheme, said: “The work of previous Fellows has underlined how crucial sharing collections knowledge is.

“Organisations have benefited from enhanced understanding and use of their collections, the Fellows have enjoyed passing on their expertise, while existing staff have gained new knowledge and skills. We are very grateful to the support the Monument Trust has given the MA.”

The six-month Fellowships, which may be extended following evaluation, are open to any UK-accredited museum.

Applications must be received by midday on Monday 10 January 2011.

For more details and to apply, click here


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