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New report on Orkney’s culture

30/01/2012 Heather Doherty

Highlands and Islands Enterprise  (HIE) have just published a new research report that I think will be of real interest to followers of this blog. The research was carried out by Francois Matarasso and looks at cultural development in Orkney. The report gives a great overview of the vibrant, rich

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February Insights and Ideas Cafe looking at Philanthropy

24/01/2012 Heather Doherty

It’s almost time for the first Insights and Ideas Cafe of 2012. This is a joint venture between us at Museums Galleries Scotland and our colleagues at Creative Scotland. It’s a creative café style meeting place for researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The events take place on the first Thursday

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Glasgow Museums Research Conference

09/11/2011 Heather Doherty

On Friday I was through at the Burrell Collection for Glasgow Museums’ 4th Annual Research Conference. This is the first time I’d attended this event and was really looking forward to it. There were 15 speakers talking about the various pieces of research they’d undertaken in relation to the Glasgow

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UMIS Conference programme is now live

22/07/2011 Heather Doherty

“Universities and museums: new rules of engagement?” aims to explore the current and potentially changing relationship between universities and museum and gallery services; and to clarify emerging challenges and future strategic directions. It’s taking place on 27 and 28 October 2011, and our very own Alison Turnbull will be presenting

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In the eye of the beholder

20/12/2010 Heather Doherty

I was at a meeting the other day where one of the other attendees presented the following video clip. It’s part of Beauty Matters, some work which was done by CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). The film-makers went to Sheffield and asked various people for their

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…. and our survey says …

23/11/2010 Sarah Burry-Hayes

When you head to the supermarket do you forget to look in the cupboards before leaving? Worse still, do you go when you are hungry? I hope you will agree that it is always a more efficient and effective shopping trip if you survey the fridge and cupboards – and

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Coal Conversations: The Oral History of Mining in Scotland

23/09/2010 Alison Turnbull

The Scottish Coal Collections group are holding their annual conference at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, on Friday 1st October 2010. With speakers including Professor Arthur McIvor (University of Strathclyde), John Holt (former project manager, Shale Oil Museum, Livingston), Johnny Templeton (Mining Historian and creator of Miners’ Voices website) and Ian

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Final weeks before Collections Bursaries application deadline

06/05/2010 Alison Turnbull

Guidelines and application forms for the 2010-11 Collections Research and Travel Bursaries are still available to download from the grants pages on our website, but you’ll have to be quick – the final deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 31st May. However that’s still plenty of time to get in a

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New advice resources for our members

29/03/2010 Alison Turnbull

MGS has launched a brand new pair of complementary factsheets, one focusing on internal research and the other on facilitating external researchers. These are freely available to download from the collections pages on the MGS website and are intended to support you in taking the first steps towards understanding, undertaking and facilitating

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