2019 IMaC Award recipient announced

Erin Holder has recently been selected as the UK recipient of the 2019 International Museums and Collections Award. Currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts (Hons. History) at the University of Birmingham, Erin will be coming to Melbourne in late July. During her month-long placement, Erin will work with museum and collection professionals on a range of projects that will develop her collection management and curatorial skills across a selection of the University’s cultural collections. Erin also has a background in music and is interested in exploring the way folk music develops and enhances cultural heritage, and so is especially looking forward to discovering the unique collections at the Grainger Museum. Through her placement at Melbourne Erin will have the opportunity to experience different facets of collection management, curating and public programs within an international context. Of her upcoming stay she commented:

I am thrilled to be the recipient of this year’s IMAC award. I have always had an interest in the communication and preservation of history via museum collections. I’m aiming to further develop my knowledge of the heritage and museum sectors and to experience many different sides of collections management. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from experts at the University of Melbourne, to explore the issues and challenges that are central to collections management today, and importantly to bring my learning back to the University of Birmingham and to strengthen the ties between our organisations.

Erin will be based with the Museums and Collections team from late July, and you will be able to follow her cultural adventures in Melbourne via her blog, which will be accessible through the Museums and Collections website.

The reciprocal part of the IMaC Award exchange will see a Melbourne student selected in September to travel in early 2020 to the University of Birmingham, and similarly to have the opportunity to work on projects with their museums and collections.

Erin Holder, UK recipient of the 2019 IMaC Award

Image: Erin Holder, UK recipient of the 2019 IMaC Award