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MUPI Match Designated Collections

MUPI Match Designated Collections
Museum & University Partnership Initiative
Arts Council England Offices, Birmingham 

Register for this event

Wednesday 14th June 2017 

10:00am to 4:30pm

Venue: ACE Offices, The Foundry, 82 Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH (see here for a map and directions)

A key element of the Designated Collections scheme is that the collections meet the Research Value criteria – so that the collection is, or has the potential to be, an essential research collection; and the collections makes a major contribution to the public understanding of the subject.

One of the major challenges faced by museums developing academic partnerships is networking with academics, and having sufficient resources to plan effective and mutually beneficial projects.

The ACE funded MUPI project aims to address this by bringing together museums and academics in a series of focused and facilitated networking events; which will help museums explore their research potential, meet academics, and provide seed funding grants to help develop project ideas.  The MUPI Match Designated Collections event on Wednesday 14th June is dedicated to museums with Designated Collections.

It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless; and networking with between the sectors can help museums and academics realise the research potential of these nationally important collections.

However, finding a partner, and having resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together.

To help establish relationships and develop project ideas further there is a small grants fund of up to £6000 available for museums with Designated Collections; participants can bid to access grants from this fund by presenting their ideas to the panel at the end of the day.  

This ‘thinking funding’ will enable people to do desk research; have conversations; travel and attend site visits/meetings; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future. 

How to get involved

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum and your museum has a Designated Collection, or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums that have a Designated Collection then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! The event is focused on bringing together museums with Designated Collections and academics; it is free to participate in; and interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special.

Please follow the registration link above to apply for a place at the Designated Collections MUPI Match event.

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.