UCM/SHARE Collections Care Conference

The University of Cambridge Museums and SHARE Museums East 7th annual Collections Care conference is on the topic of Sustainability.  We would like to invite all museum and heritage organisations and related parties in our region to participate by sharing your collections and activities.

We are looking for contributions that fall into either of the following two categories:

1.The East of England as Witness

Is there an item or story in your collection or building that you use to research or explain any of the themes from the UN sustainable development goals?  This could be a much reused and adapted object, the story of power provision, a school certificate for further education, a managed local landscape, a diagnostic type of oyster. The world is in fact, your oyster.

2.Taking a Step

Any step forwards is an achievement.  Please share things you are doing to support any of the UN sustainable development goals.  Perhaps you have moved from active to passive environmental control, do you have a programme supporting diverse recruitment into collections related work, are you recycling gloves or is one of your criterion for choosing suppliers based on their sustainability credentials?  Please inspire your colleagues by sharing your achievements, large and small.

The conference will be delivered digitally on 28 – 29 January and contributions will be converted into a slide show to be made available on the UCM YouTube channel. The goal is to showcase and inspire by demonstrating what a range of material and ideas is already out there. 

The deadline for contributions is January 15th 2021. We hope to make the conference videos live from January 25th.

Guidelines for contributing a ‘postcard’

We are looking for short, practical, written contributions, which we will then put into a slideshow with others from the region. The conference is focused on collections care, please try and relate entries to collections related activity – but be as imaginative as you like!

To submit content for a ‘postcard’ you will need to include the following:

Entries must include: 

  • State which category your contribution falls into; Witness or Steps (see full description above)
  • Which UN sustainability goal/s this supports

Format of Submissions: 

  • Include Organisational name and logo
  • Name, job title, and best content information (email/phone) if we need to contact you for further information. 
  • Image/diagram of object or activity (please use an appropriate file size for slides), name the image file with your organisations name
  • Maximum of 450 words of text to include:
      • What it is
      • How are you using it/what does it mean/what affect does it have
  • You could link to a blog post or online catalogue for example
You may submit entries into both categories and may submit up to four entries per organisation; the conference team reserve the right not to use them all if we are overwhelmed. Please send all entries to sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk by January 15th. 

For an informal chat about contributing to this project, please contact Deborah Walton at dw259@cam.ac.uk

Sign Up to SHARE e-News