UNILETTER N°2 - January 2023

Experience universeum 2023


Our annual conference will take place on the 5-7th July 2023 at the University of Wroclaw in Poland.

Call for papers will be published on the second part of January with applications expected early March and results by the end of March. Practical information and online registration will follow.

Wroclaw 2023


Resolution passed by Association of University Museums at International Conference “Academic heritage for the future of science”. Warsaw, April 2022.

The resolution sets out the aspirations and direction of the Association of University Museums in partnering to coordinate activities to maximise the future of academic science and to mediate in discussions of entities interested in the preservation and dissemination of this heritage, also on international level. The full resolution can be read below.

New temporary exhibition at the Museum of the University of Warsaw Janusz Fiszer. Opening 16/12/2022

In 2020, the collection of Dr. Janusz Fiszer was donated to the Museum of the University of Warsaw as a gift by the collector's wife, Prof. Urszula Fiszer. Its uniqueness is influenced not only by the number of collected items (over 13,000 objects), but also by thematic coherence and originality. Among the objects gathered in Dr. Fiszer's collection, there are priceless archives, historical maps, a collection of photographs, 19th and 20th century engravings and plans, correspondence of European monarchs, documents signed by important personalities influencing the history of Europe and the world, as well as several thousand collection of financial documents. In addition, the collection includes antique inkwells and caskets, orders, and medals of the United Kingdom, and a collection of autographs and invitations to the royal’s coronation ceremony.

The network of German speaking university museums and collections

The network published the ”Marburg Declaration on the Digitisation of Academic Collections at Higher Education Institutions“. The document makes a thorough case for the huge potential of digitising collections and building infrastructures for it – networking on an international level is one, and an important aspect – and asks funding institutions to create the necessary pre-conditions.

Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnership “Teaching with Objects

After two very productive workshops in July in Ghent and Brussels during the Universeum Annual Meeting the project team is currently conducting in-depth interviews with practitioners and experts. If you are teaching with collections and objects, the team would be happy to get to know and learn from you!
Please contact one of the project team members, see here: https://www.teachingwithobjects.org/our-team.
There is also a short anonymous survey, please participate: see in top banner of https://www.teachingwithobjects.org

University of Edinburgh Collections renames key collection

The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Research Collections have recently renamed the "Oriental Manuscripts Collection" to "Manuscripts of the Islamicate World and South Asia", moving past the use of outdated, problematic terminology, and better representing the collection's contents. The change is part of a wider initiative to improve cataloguing and democratise access to the collection. Entries for 169 items are now live on ArchiveSpace, with titles searchable in Arabic as well as Latin script

UMIS Conference – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: building a representative cultural sector

Following on from the success of the 2021 ‘Creating Wellbeing’ conference, University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) are planning on holding their next conference on Thursday 26 January 2023. Exploring equity and inclusivity using practical examples from within museums, the arts and culture, it will look at equity in an holistic sense to explore how we can build inclusive, democratic, and successful cultural organisations

The Hunterian’s ‘Curating Discomfort’ project wins the Museums Association ‘Museums Change Lives: Reimagining the Museum Award’

The Hunterian’s Curating Discomfort project – which featured in various sessions at the Universeum 2022 conference – has scooped the ‘Reimagining the Museum Award’ at the Museums Association’s conference in Edinburgh. The Museums Change Lives awards recognise and celebrate outstanding practice by UK museums delivering social impact. Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort at The Hunterian, was also shortlisted for the ‘Radical Changemaker Award’

Plaque installed to mark the legacy of slavery at the Powis Gateway, Aberdeen, Scotland

As part of the recognition of the legacy of slavery in the University of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland. The structure is significant in demonstrating that the proceeds of slavery flowed from the Caribbean to the North-East of Scotland and the addition of the permanent sign is part of on-going work to recognise the legacies of historic slavery at the University

Can you help to build a picture of museum accessibility for neurodivergent adults?

Aimee Fletcher, an autistic PhD researcher based at the University of Glasgow is carrying out research aimed at addressing the gap in accessibility of the museums sector for autistic and neurodivergent adults. Her latest survey is for the museums workforce and is open to anyone who works or volunteers in a museum or gallery (or has in the last 5 years) is aged 18+ and can read and write in English. To access the survey, please visit the web site.

Please send us information about your initiatives:
2 lines of introduction/summary and a link to the related website at : uniletter@gumed.edu.pl

On behalf of the UNIVERSEUM Newsletter Working Group
Marek Bukowski

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