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Museum Lightning Talks 2014

In September Oxford University Museums hosted an afternoon of Lightning Talks from colleagues across our museums looking at everything from research and museum collections, how both exhibitions and permanent galleries are development, education programmes, commercial activity, and more. The day was aimed at colleagues working within the museums sector, and colleagues within the university who would like to find out more about what the museums do and their role within the university.

Broken into four sessions with four 8 minute talks, we explore Collections Interpretation, Education and Learning, Connecting Collections and Behind the Scenes.

Session 1 - Collections Interpretation

This strand explored how we develop special exhibitions and permanent gallery displays, curate collections online and engage the public with our collections using digital.

'Geek is Good': planning an exhibition programnme - Dr Stephen Johnson, Assistant Keeper, Museum of the History of Science


Redeveloping the Ashmolean Greece Galleries - Dr Susan Walker, Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum


Crowdsourcing and Community Groups - Dr Alison Roberts, Curator, European and Early Prehistoric Collections, Ashmolean Museum


Once in a Whale - Bethany Palumbo, Conservator, Museum of Natural History



Session 2 - Education and Learning

These talks examined how our museums support STEM knowledge transfer and engagement with school groups and the general public, use innovative technology to enhance the learning process, develop partnerships that facilitate engagement, and communicate academic research by turning it into educational activities for the public and schools.

Museums as a Showcase for Science - Sarah Lloyd, Education Officer (Secondary), Museum of Natural History


Museums and STEM Engagement: Objects of Invention - Chris Parkin, Lead Education Officer, Museum of the History of Science


Museum Sketchbooks: using tablets to support a museum art trip - Adrian Brooks, Art Education Officer, Oxford University Museums; Helen Ward, Deputy Head of Education, Ashmolean Museum


Working in Partnership: Community Engagement and the Museum of Oxford - Helen Fountain, Reminiscence Officer, Museum of Oxford; Antonia Harland-Lang, Community Engagement Partnership Officer, Museum of Oxford


Converting Academic Research into Education Activities - Andrew McLellan, Head of Education, Pitt Rivers Museum


Session 3 - Connecting Collections

In this session, speakers looked at how we use collections to engage with source communities, manage a 'living collection', and how our collections can support commercial enterprise.

From Museums to the Historic Environment - Dr Dan Hicks, Associate Professor and Curator, Pitt Rivers Museum


Working with Source Communities - Dr Christopher Morton, Curator of Photography and Manuscript Collections, Pitt Rivers Museum


Managing a Playing Collection - Andrew Lamb, Manager, Bate Collection


Collections and Commercial Enterprise - Dec McCarthy, Commercial Manager, Ashmolean Museum


Session 4 - Behind the Scenes

The final strand of the day went behind the scenes to look at museum funding, the role IT and digital play, how are displays built and collections moved, and the role volunteers in a university museum.

Funding Museums - Heidi Kurtz, Senior Campaign Executive, Oxford University Museums and Collections; Harriet Warburton, Research Facilitator, Oxford University Museums


Invisible Digital - Anjanesh Babu, ICT Officer (Networks), Ashmolean Museum


Count Me In: Colunteers in Museums - Joy Todd, Volunteers and Outreach Manager, Oxford University Museums


Oxford Cultural Leaders - Lucy Shaw, Programme Director, Oxford Cultural Leaders

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