Networks

SHARE Museums East supports a number of specialist networks. These self-managing forums support museum development in the East of England and have links to national specialists. They also help plan and deliver training events and other initiatives.

Conservation Network

Network contact:
Deborah Walton
University of Cambridge Museums Regional Conservation Officer

The Conservation Network supports conservators in their work by facilitating information sharing and skills development. This regional programme compliments national opportunities such as those provided by our professional body ICON and works in partnership with the East Anglian Conservators Forum. We also co-ordinate a regional e-mail group and provide access to training and information about conservation and collections care for conservators. We disseminate information and resources to the wider museums community across the East of England, supporting SHARE Museums East’s programmes.

Tel: 01223 761220
Email Deborah Walton

 

Co-production Network

Network contact:
Amy Cotterill, Eleanor Root

This network is for museum staff and volunteers who have a particular interest in working with their audiences (existing and new) to co-produce and co-create exhibitions and events and more. Born of a SHARE Co-production Cohort, this new network welcomes new members to join them in championing co-production. Meetings will consider the practicalities, problems philosophy, ethics and rewards of deepening community participation.

Email Amy Cotterill
Email Eleanor Root

Costume & Textile Network

Network contact:
Claire Reed
Conservator, Southend Museum Service

The Costume & Textile Network (CTN) is SHARE Museum East’s oldest and most active network, with strong national links. It supports the development of accessible and engaging museums via projects that help improve collections care, display techniques and knowledge. The network provides access to information regionally and nationally and is working to establish a forum for the sharing of local issues and the development of curatorial practice.

Email Claire Reed

 

Fenland Museums Partnership

Network contact:
Steve Watson
Ramsey Rural Museum

The Fenland Network is a newly emerging network  to develop links between people in the Fenland area museums. The group is looking at potential joint marketing, collections sharing (on Fenland themes) and using the group as a general forum for discussion for the mainly smaller museums in the area. If you are interested in coming along or would like to suggest a topic for discussion please get in touch.

Tel: c/o Sally Ackroyd  01603 638141
Email Sally Ackroyd

 

Front of House Forum

Network contact:
Kate Phizacklea and Asphodel Denning

The SHARE Front of House Forum aims to collectively gain understanding of the current issues facing Front of House museum staff, find ways of addressing these issues, and share best practice and strengthen links between museums. The network does this through regular events around the region.

Tel: c/o Kathy Moore at SHARE team 01603 493646
Email Kate Phizacklea or Email Asphodel Denning 

Heritage Engineering Network

Network contact:
Ian Reed
Museum of Power 

The Heritage Engineering Network supports the management and delivery of specialised skills in museums and other bodies who carry out working activities with machinery in the area of industrial heritage. The network offers training and events including a regular HEN meeting.

We encourage all volunteers and staff with interest in the use and management of heritage machinery to join the network.

Email Ian Reed

 

Maritime Heritage East Network

Network contact:
Jo O’Donoghue
Time & Tide Museum

The Maritime Heritage East Network was started under the old Renaissance programme and SHARE is supporting its continuing development. From Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth down the coast to Nottage in Essex, the network brings together museums across the region with maritime collections.

Email Jo O’Donoghue

Museum Managers Network

Network contact:
Nicola Sherhod
John Bunyan Museum & Library

This network provides support and professional development opportunities tailored to the needs of those who are the sole professional managing a museum. Their role may have one of many different titles but their responsibility lies across all areas of museum work. They often manage volunteers and usually report directly to a Board. The network provides a safe sounding board, support group and resource hub for its members as well as the chance to break out of the isolation that can often come with running a museum single handed.

Tel: 01234 270303
Email Nicola Sherhod

 

Natural History Network

Network contact:
Sophie Stevens
Curator of Collections and Learning at CIMS (Colchester and Ipswich Museums)

The Natural History Network supports natural history curators, conservators and learning officers in their work and facilitates information sharing. The network also co-ordinates regional email group and provides access to training and information about collections care, legal issues, display techniques, storage and bulk purchasing.

Tel: 01206 282931
Email Sophie Stevens

Regional Learning Network

Network contact:
Kathy Moore
Museum Development Project Officer – Children & Young People

The Regional Learning Network brings together people who have a leadership role in the area of museum learning, including people who manage learning teams and conveners of sub-regional learning networks. The network also runs an annual conference, held in March.

For more information, including meeting dates, contact the network co-ordinator.

Tel: 01603 493646
Email Kathy Moore

 

Reminiscence Network East

Network contact:
Mark Curteis
Curator of Social History and Art, Chelmsford Museum

Reminiscence Network East supports staff from across the health and heritage settings in the East and provides resources, training and events for carers and health providers, families and museum staff.

Tel: 01245 605702
Email Mark Curteis

Retail Forum

Network contact:
Natasha Montgomery
SHARE Museums East

Open to paid staff, volunteers and trustees The SHARE Retail Forum is for anyone whose role involved in managing retail and related commercial activity in museums and heritage sites in the East of England. Through peer to peer support, specialist speakers and discussions of effective practice and shared agendas the Retail Forum champions the development of effective retail and commercial practice by all museums in the East.

Tel: 01603 495881
Email Natasha Montgomery

Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum

Network contact:
Niki Hughes
Opening Doors Project Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums

This forum is for anyone whose role involves co-ordinating a volunteer programme and managing volunteers at a museum or heritage site in the East of England. The VCF meets quarterly and events include a mix of national and local speakers, peer support and networking opportunities.

Email Niki Hughes

Network Events Calendar

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Network Resources
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Costume & Textile: Equipment List – Mounting Costume Accessories

Equipment and suppliers list from the Costume & Textile Network In Action event on 25th November 2013.

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Heritage Engineering Network: Guide to Writing Panels and Labels

Heritage Engineering Network: Guide to Writing Panels and Labels

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Heritage Engineering Network: Volunteer Project recording form

Volunteer activity recording form from the Gressenhall laundry restoration project, as discussed at the meeting on 14th June 2016.

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Museum Managers: Museum Managers Top Tips

This guide is designed to support managers starting work at oragnaisations that don’t have any (or many) paid staff but can be useful to anyone working autonomously in museums.

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