Museums and Collections Awards
One successful candidate from will work for one month on a museum or collection project, hosted by the Melbourne University.
The project undertaken will have set objectives to be completed during the one-month placement. The student will also be exposed to other facets of the cultural collections, through activities such as attendance at meetings, workshops or spending the day with other museums and collections staff from across the university, including curators, collection managers, archivists and conservators in order to get a more comprehensive picture of what their work entails. This broadening experience will also enhance the student’s understanding of the different issues currently facing university collections.
The projects may include (or be a combination of):
• Significance assessment
• Documentation and cataloguing
• Exhibition development
As well as the assigned project and associated tasks, the student may include in their placement a period of self-directed study that engages with an aspect of the host institution’s collections that is of particular interest to them. The student will need to include this area of interest on the application form and it will be negotiated with the host institution. The placement will take place over the course of a month (August to early September summer 2013) and may be used to enrich your academic studies as well as gaining professional skills to enhance your CV.
Eligibility & how to apply
This award is open to all College of Arts and Law undergraduate and postgraduate students . It is open to both undergraduate, Masters and PhD students. The University of Birmingham International Office and the College of Arts and Law are jointly funding this award to contribute to travel costs and accommodation in Melbourne. Accommodation will be sourced and booked provisionally for the student. Please see below for application form and guidelines:
Please note the deadline for applications is Friday March 7th, and shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend an interview on Tuesday March 25th. For further information please contact Matt Clulee, Universitas 21 Project Officer at email@example.com
Birmingham to Melbourne
Chloe Lund, recent graduate BA History of Art, is our most recent beneficiary of this award. Please read her account of her time at Melbourne this past August: 2013-Chloe-Lund-report
You can also access Chloe's blog via this link:
Emily Millward (on the right), our 2012 Museums and Collections Award recipient.
Emma completed her placement at the University of Melbourne in July 2012. Emily spoke in July 2013, almost one year on from her experiences at the University of Melbourne:
"It is almost a year since I returned from my internship with the Cultural Collections department at the University of Melbourne for the Museum and Collections Award 2012. Having reflected on my experience in Melbourne I can certainly see how the skills that I gained during the award have helped me to develop both professionally and personally. I was able to input many of the technical skills that I learnt during the internship, particularly conservation, in my previous position at the University of Birmingham's Research and Cultural Collections and when volunteering at other institutions. The network of contacts that I made during my time in Melbourne also helped me to understand the wider world of museum and collections studies, which has being a great aide as I begin my career in the museum and hertiage sector.
It was largely due to the professional skills and also to the personal confidence that I developed during the internship that encouraged me to apply for a job with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in March 2013. During my interview for the position of Museum Collections Assistant I was asked what skills I had that were appropriate for the role. In reponse I was able to use my experiences in Melbourne to great advantage. My application was successful and I have now being working with the Trust for 2 months. For me the Museums and Collections Award helped me to confirm my interest in working with different types of collections and having been the 2012 recipient has now put me in good stead to apply for positions with prestigious insitutions like the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust so I can begin my professional career."
You can find further details of her experience at Melbourne on her blog - http://studentandthecity2012.blogspot.co.uk/
Melbourne to Birmingham
Emma Neale was the successful candidate and was here for her placement from Monday 16th January through to Friday 10th February 2012. Emma is currently enrolled in her third year of a Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Art History, Screen and Cultural Studies) at Melbourne. She has been involved with the Cultural Collections Projects Program this year working on two projects - one preventative conservation project at the Herbarium and a textile related project at the University of Melbourne Archives. Emma will complete her studies at the end of 2012, after which she is thinking about enrolling in a Masters through the CCMC.
Her four week stay saw Emma involved in a variety of museum-related projects such as exhibition display, education, interpretation, digitisation, documentation, research and conservation. She was tasked with choosing and displaying an ‘object of the month’ at the Lapworth Museum, documenting rare books in Special Collections with the theme of ‘Impressions of Jamaica’ and archiving photographs of the Nettlefold family at Winterbourne House. Emma was also involved in a condition report, archival storage and display of West African textiles.
Emma said: ‘It has been exciting and most fulfilling to participate in the U21 International exchange. The breadth of the placement has provided on the job training and hands on experience in a variety of collections and museum contexts that will be incredibly beneficial in the future. Most impressively, the program provided a certain flexibility to adapt projects to my own interests and career aspirations and offered opportunities to work with industry professionals and meet like-minded people. I highly recommend it for any students looking to get experience with cultural collections or who are interested in museum careers.’
Emma’s placement was organised and supervised by Clare Mullet, our Cultural Initiatives Manager and Deputy University Curator.
If you would like to read Emma's report on her experience at the University of Birmingham as part of this exchange, please click on the following link:
For more information on the museums and collections at the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne’s see www.rcc.bham.ac.uk/index.shtml and www.unimelb.edu.au/culturalcollections/
If you have any further questions relating to this award please contact Matt Clulee, International Projects Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org