The three nominees for the UMAC Award 2018 have just been announced. This year we have fantastic projects from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Perm University (Russia).
On April 11th, the University Museums Training Week Shanghai 2018 (UMTWS 2018), co-organized by University Museums and Collections (UMAC) of International Council of Museums (ICOM), National Educational Alliance of University and College Museum (NEAUCM), Shanghai Educational Alliance of University and College Museums (SEAUCM), and Qian Xuesen Library & Museum of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (QLM-SJTU), was officially opened at Qian Xuesen Library & Museum. The opening ceremony ended up with an extremely vibrant and heated panel discussion themed on “University Museums: Striving towards Excellence”. The experts of university museums from various countries delved into in-depth dialogues in the discussion. Fresh perspectives are presented and debated for the future development of university museums in China.
Reframing university collections — Research Infrastructure
ANU, Canberra, Australia
Call for Papers
The Council of Australian University Museums and Collections is currently calling for proposals for our symposium to be held at the Australian National University on April 6.
While the symposium is primarily a way for us to gauge the Australian experience of this issue, we also welcome international perspectives. Even if you are not able to attend the symposium, we’d love to hear responses to these questions from your part of the world. We’d be interested in putting together a document to be made available at the symposium that gives an international perspective.
So recasting the symposium questions for an international audience:-
How have universities dealt with the issue of legacy collections?
What are the advantages and pitfalls of valuing legacy collections based on their potential for new research?
How do you manage a collection to be ready for research that might currently be unforeseeable
What does this mean for collections whose research potential is unknown?
We welcome the thoughts of university curators, researchers, professional staff, administrative staff, university leaders and students who would like to help shape our thinking on this issue.
This programme engages with historical and scientific concepts and practices for the interpretation, investigation and preservation of museum and archive collections. It is designed to enable you to become proficient in object-based techniques from art history, material science and conservation for the interdisciplinary study of commercial synthetic materials in applied arts and social history collections. A key strength of this programme is its focus on modern materials as common artefacts that includes fibres and colourants as well as plastics. Read more.
As a result of the VIII Encuentro de Museos Universitarios del Mercosur/V Encuentro de Museos de Latinoamérica y el Caribe/I Encuentro de Museos Universitarios de Perú, that took place in Lima, Peru, October 2017, a Charter was published (in Spanish), underlining the importance of university museums in Latin America.