Students from the University of Melbourne are invited to apply for a unique international exchange opportunity with the University of Birmingham (UoB). The recipient of the Museums and Collections Award will take part in a month long placement working with the collections and museums of the partner university. This unique placement experience will enrich academic studies and facilitate the development of professional skills within the cultural sector.
At the UoB, the Award recipient will work on a variety of collection management projects and be exposed to many aspects of museums and collections work. They will have the opportunity to consult with collections staff across the University, including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators and be able to participate in extra activities such as attendance at meetings and seminars. This broadening experience will enhance understanding of the different issues currently facing university collections and the museum sector.
The projects may comprise: documentation and cataloguing, research, interpretation and public programs, exhibition development, preventative conservation/preservation and significance assessment. The Award recipient may also include in their placement a period of self-directed study that engages with an aspect of the host institution's collections that are of particular interest. The student will need to include this study area on their application and it will be negotiated with the host institution.
During 2017 this Award will be offered between the universities of Melbourne and Birmingham. It is anticipated that in future years this program will be expanded to include other universities in the U21 network.
Irene Finkelde, the 2016 Melbourne recipient of the International Museums and Collections Award, has recently completed her month long placement at the University of Birmingham. You can read Irene's blog reporting on her activities and experiences working with the University of Birmingham’s collections.