13 episodes

On 29 September 2016 staff from across the four Oxford University Museums (Ashmolean Museums, Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum) gathered for an afternoon of short ‘lightning talks’ about current projects and activities. The aim of the event was to share knowledge, expertise and inspiration between colleagues working across the museums, and advocate for the important role that the museums plan within the university, and beyond. Find out about upcoming exhibitions, community outreach work, behind the scenes collections projects and digital engagement initiatives.

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On 29 September 2016 staff from across the four Oxford University Museums (Ashmolean Museums, Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum) gathered for an afternoon of short ‘lightning talks’ about current projects and activities. The aim of the event was to share knowledge, expertise and inspiration between colleagues working across the museums, and advocate for the important role that the museums plan within the university, and beyond. Find out about upcoming exhibitions, community outreach work, behind the scenes collections projects and digital engagement initiatives.

    • video
    Dodo Roadshow

    Dodo Roadshow

    Scott Billings, Digital Engagement Officer, Museum of Natural History gives a short talk for Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. The Dodo Roadshow was a crazy tip-to-tip trip across Britain with one of natural history’s most iconic specimens. Scott talks about how the idea was developed from an initial suggestion around the director’s table to their arrival in John O’Groats barely one month later, having visited collections in 22 museums and galleries along the way.

    • 8 min
    • video
    Transportation Transformation

    Transportation Transformation

    Andrew Hughes, Move Project Team Leader, Pitt Rivers Museum, gives a short talk for the Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Andrew talks about how a dedicated project team are documenting, photographing, packing and tracking the move of 120,000 objects from the Old Power Station Store, where they have been housed for over 40 years. This is not only a transportation project, but a transformation project, improving access to collections not on display and informing new strategic approaches from display, to conservation, to online collections.

    • 7 min
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    Discussing Penicillin

    Discussing Penicillin

    Marie-Louise Kerr, Penicillin Exhibition Curator, Museum of the History of Science gives a short talk for the Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Marie-Louise talk' about 'Back from the Dead', the Museum of the History of Science's new exhibition opening in November, which explores the history of penicillin in Oxford. She focuses on how the museum's collection and exhibition are being used to support modern university research.

    • 8 min
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    Why community groups work with museums

    Why community groups work with museums

    Nicola Bird, Community Engagement Officer, Oxford University Museums gives a short talk for the Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Nicola discusses how the community engagement team uses the museums and collections to support such services as prisons, probation services, refugee groups, homeless charities, hospitals and mental health charities. She shares how they work with different departments across the museums to make the collections relevant to people’s lives and place them at the heart of the local community.

    • 11 min
    • video
    Cabinet: Integrating Text and Object in Oxford Teaching

    Cabinet: Integrating Text and Object in Oxford Teaching

    Giovanna Vitelli, Director, University Engagement Programme, Ashmolean Museum gives a short talk for Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Giovanna talks about the Cabinet project, funded by the university’s IT Innovation Fund, which is building an online platform to integrate museum objects into the traditional text-based curricula of a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    • 9 min
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    Joint Museums Youth Forum Project

    Joint Museums Youth Forum Project

    Sarah Lloyd and Carly Smith-Huggins, Education Officers, Museum of Natural History give a short talk for the Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Education staff from across the museums have been exploring new models for engaging young people and working with them to shape the museums’ offer, under the umbrella of a shared youth forum project. Representatives from the team share learning from the different approaches, and highlight the infectious enthusiasm of young people that have chosen to be in the museums in their free time.

    • 18 min

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