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University Museums in Scotland Conference 2017
In collaboration with Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archives Group

University of Aberdeen

26 - 27 January 2017

Beyond the Lecture Theatre

Increasingly, museums, archives and special collections are moving beyond providing services to schools to developing programmes to engage more with students and other adults. This includes a wide range of activities from supporting research and teaching to volunteer programmes, social events and the co-production of exhibitions and public events. While engaging with post-school age audiences has become a particular focus for university collections, it is also of growing importance to many other museums and archive services.

This conference draws together museum staff, archivists, librarians, researchers, students and others who have developed effective and sustainable initiatives and so help to develop models of best practice for governance, management, partnership and delivery.

Thursday 26 January 2017

11:00-11:30: Welcome

Siobhan Convery, Convener, Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archives Group
Jeremy Kilburn, Senior Vice-Principal, University of Aberdeen
Neil Curtis, Convener, University Museums in Scotland

11:30- 12:30: Session 1 - Using collections in teaching

15 minute papers, each with 5 minute discussion

Giovanna Vitelli
Cabinet: Integrating Text and Object in University Teaching
Anna McNally, University of Westminster
Engaging the archive: research skills for theory students
Frances Osis, University of Glasgow MUSE guide and Leverhulme PhD Scholar
Collections as Catalyst for Cross-disciplinary study

Chair: Matthew Jarron

12:30-13:30: Lunch & Posters

13:30-14:30: Session 2 - New ways of engaging

(15 minute papers, each with 5 minute discussion)

Bert Jaski, Utrecht University
The Utrecht Psalter: a medieval manuscript as modern comic book
Leoni Sedman, University of Liverpool
Plague Tales - pus, pits and powders!
Odin Essers, Maastricht University
Two girls on Expedition in China: how to open up library closed stack collections to university students

Chair: Moira Rankin

14:30-15:00: Coffee/tea

15:00-16:30: Session 3 - Widening access through engaging with students

(15 minute papers, each with 5 minute discussion)

Maria Castrillo, Senate House Library, University of London
'Hope and Fear in London': building up public engagement programmes for non-academic audiences at Senate House Library
Jen Ridding, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Student engagement: Sharing Art and Lightning Talks
Sarah Lloyd, Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford
Working Together to Enhance Youth Programming: Oxford University Museums and Collections
Helen Taylor, Heriot Watt University
A Passion for Paisley
Zoe Hendon & Peter Thomas, Middlesex University
Using magazine collections

Chair: Siobhan Convery

16:30-17:30: Session 4 - PechaKucha

Chair: Helen Rawson

19:00-22:30: Dinner and ceilidh with Danse McCabre

Venue: to be decided

Friday 27 January 2017

09:30-10:30: Session 5 - 'Nights at the Museum' and 'Museum Lates' Panel Discussion

Ruth Fletcher, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Moira Rankin, Archives & Special Collections, University of Glasgow
Neil Curtis, University of Aberdeen Museums
Sarah Chapman, Special Collections Centre, University of Aberdeen

Chair: tbc

10:30-11:00: Coffee/tea

11:00-12:00: Co-Production and Skills Development

Jenny Downes and Christina Muri, University of Aberdeen Museums
Co-curation - student exhibitions as a professional and learning collaboration
Sarah Bromage, University of Stirling
Developing Emplyability Skills at the University of Stirling
Jack Ashby, Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London
Working with Students as Exhibition Co-Curators - a mix of models

Discussant: Jude Henderson

12:00 - 12:30 Conference Round-Up

12:30-13:30: Lunch

14:00-16:00: Visits

For further details and booking, visit the conference website

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