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Call for Papers: Inspiring Volunteers - Promoting Collections
Geological Curators’ Group winter seminar, hosted by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Cardiff, on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018. The 45th GCG AGM will take place at 4pm on Tuesday 4th December. There may be a short local fieldtrip on 6th December.
We invite expressions of interest in presenting papers, workshops, discussion sessions, or posters within the topic of volunteers, volunteering, and associated projects within the overall context of geology in museum collections, exhibitions, geo-conservation, conservation, public engagement, or other related topics. We are particularly keen to invite contributions from current or past volunteers who may have had little prior geological knowledge, and those who have interesting or informative volunteering experiences to share, whether positive or negative. We are aiming for an initial day comprising short talks and a discussion session, followed by a second day to include more discussions and workshops as well as store tours, gallery time, etc.
A lot of museums have suffered various forms of funding difficulties in the past decade, a number of which would struggle to survive if it were not for the valuable work put in by volunteers. Many volunteers haven’t come from specialist backgrounds and yet often find themselves in the position of giving tours, leading activities, or presenting talks on specialised subjects, as well as curating and managing collections. In a number of exceptional cases, entire collections or exhibitions are volunteer run. This conference is a celebration of their dedication and we encourage papers and discussion ideas by present and past volunteers as well as those who have worked with volunteers, either long-term or on particular projects.
Topics for consideration include but are not limited to: how do volunteers feel about their roles, particularly those in positions of great responsibility; how can the sector support volunteers and help them gain from their experience; how can museums and collections make the most effective use of volunteer time; what sort of problems have volunteer projects had to overcome and can we learn by sharing these?
All contributors would be welcome to submit their oral or poster presentation for publication in our peer-reviewed journal The Geological Curator.
Registration fees for the meeting will be:
Members: £40 per day, or £70 for both days
Non-members: £50 per day, or £80 for both days
Talks should be kept to a maximum of 20 minutes including time for questions, and posters should be printed at no more than A1 size.
Getting to Cardiff
National Museum Wales, Cathays Park. Meet in the Central Hall and you will be taken to the meeting room. Further details from the museum: https://museum.wales/cardiff/visit/
Cardiff is well served by road, rail and air. You can use buses to get around the city. You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0800 464 0000
Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators' Group
45th AGM and Seminar - Inspiring Volunteers - Promoting Collections
Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018
Amgueddfa Cymru | National Museum Wales Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Booking for our winter seminar incorporating the Geological Curators' Group AGM is now closed.
|Tuesday 4th December 2018|
|10:00||Arrivals and registration; Refreshments
Please come to the main foyer of the National Museum Cardiff where a member of the GCG committee will be ready to welcome you.
|10:30||Welcome to the National Museum of Wales; notices - Matthew Parkes, GCG Chairman|
|10:40||Morning talks session - talks last approximately 20 minutes:
|12:20||Lunch break - lunch is included in the ticket price
|14:00||Afternoon talks session - talks last approximately 20 minutes:
|16:00||45th Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators' Group|
|17:00||Finish. We are planning a nearby pub venue for further networking opportunities and take your evening meal if you wish|
|Wednesday 5th December 2018|
|10:00||Doors open at the museum, or assemble on the front steps shortly beforehand|
|10:15||Geolocating your collections - some useful resources - Simon Harris, British Geological Survey
Primarily focusing on UK localities, we will look at a number of zero or low cost options to help in the search for that elusive grid reference.
|11:40||Experiencing MOOCS - Martin Nunn, Nottingham Museum
Participants will create an account, enrol on a course, and experience a MOOC from a beginner’s perspective. Workshop participants would need to have access to laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and be prepared to download free apps. The activity can be carried out in pairs or small groups if needed.
|12:30||Lunch break - lunch is included in the ticket price|
|13:30||Tours of the Geology and Botany stores at the museum|
|15:00||Discussion Session - Are our volunteer programmes working? What do volunteers get from us? How to deal with problems? Stand up and have your say!|
|16:30||Seminar ends. We are planning a nearby pub venue for further networking opportunities and take your evening meal if you wish|
|Thursday 6th December|
|Posters and displays|
|At the Feet of the Dinosaur Project - Claudia Hildebrandt (University of Bristol)|
|Project Theco - Debbie Hutchinson (Bristol Museums and Art Gallery)|
|Membership sign-up and renewal.
Now is a good time to join us or to renew your membership for 2019. Find one of the team and we will be happy to sort this out for you. We accept cash, card and cheques!
|Booking closes Friday 23rd November 2018|