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RCMG wins the Museums + Heritage Judges' Special Recognition Award

RCMG is delighted to announce it has won the Museums + Heritage Judges' Special Recognition Award for its work over the last 25 years supporting the cultural sector!

Nine people posing for a photo in front of a red backdrop with the Museums + Heritage Awards Logo

The judges said, "Celebrating a team whose ethical heart and bravery are matched only by its kindness and steadfastness. RCMG is unstinting in supporting our sector to be more bold, more ambitious, and more impactful in its socially engaged thinking and practice."

Find out more on the Museums + Heritage Awards website and on the University news page.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship with National Museums NI

‘A tragedy not to preserve now, while there is still time’ – the establishment of a Folk Museum for Ulster, 1929-1964

The School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, in partnership with National Museums NI, invites applications from suitably qualified applicants for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research leading to a PhD on the theme: A tragedy not to preserve now, while there is still time’ – the establishment of a Folk Museum for Ulster, 1929-1964.

Start date: 1 October 2024.
Application deadline: 20 May 2024 at 5.00pm.

Applications received after this date cannot be considered. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of day on the 31 May 2024.

Interviews will take place on 7 June. All interviews will be online.

Find out more about the CDP and how to apply (PDF, 224KB).

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship – Power and partnerships – principles, values and structure with British Museum

The University of Leicester and the British Museum are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2024 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme.

Start date: 1 October 2024.
Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2024.Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 28 June 2024.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 9 July 2024 and will take place in person in London at the British Museum.

The British Museum will host a free webinar on 31 May at 4pm for those who are interested in applying. If you would like to attend, please email rcmg@le.ac.uk to receive the Zoom link.

Find out more about the CDP and how to apply (PDF, 205KB).

Design Archive at University of Leicester Archives and Special Collections

University of Leicester Archives and Special Collections are delighted to be working with Professor Suzanne Macleod and Peter Lester to acquire, appraise, catalogue and preserve archives of several design companies who have been instrumental in changing the experience of visitors to museums over the last 40 or so years:

'The collections we have received so far comprise physical and digital material – including models of prospective exhibitions or buildings, pitch and tender documents, correspondence, photographs, publicity material and newscuttings. Peter has catalogued the physical outputs of one company, Land Design, creating over 350 entries describing the documents created in the course of making pitches or successfully carrying out a project. The most well know of Land’s work is probably the Playzone at the Millennium Dome, but they have also worked across the UK, in Europe and the Middle East, as have the other companies, giving this collection a real international flavour. We have also received the physical archive of Metaphor, including models which have been a challenge to box and store but are now safely housed – though some of the ‘little people’ have taken to lying down in the model galleries!

This is a project that we are just at the beginning of, and there is still a lot more work to do, including learning how to process large volume of digital material, which is a new step for the team. We are really grateful for the help we have received from Peter, Suzanne, and the company directors and staff so far, and hope that we will be able to report great progress in cataloguing the digital collections, and giving access to researchers.'

Diorama of a gallery space which includes miniature people and paintings. Some of the figurines are standing up, while others are lying on the floor. One of the miniature museum walls is also resting on the floor.

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