I was intrigued to see the announcement below on our local Museum Development Update newsletter from Rachel Lambert-Jones:
The first film in the Technicians' Tales series is now available for you to watch below. In this initial film, Catherine Waymouth, Technical Officer at Wolverhampton Art Gallery guides you through how to hang a framed art work.
Technicians' Tales has been developed by the West Midlands Museum Development programme to record and share the wealth of specialist collections knowledge and skills held by museum technicians working in the region. The full series will be uploaded to the Marches Network YouTube channel throughout 2014.
Rachel Lambert-Jones is Museum Development Officer for the Conurbation, Supporting museums in Birmingham, Telford & Wrekin and the Black Country. We subscribe to her Updates as obviously issues and opportunities for museums and galleries are often relevant also to us as a specialist Art and Design Archives holding a lot of visual material and artworks.
The Technician's Tales is a great example of cross-institution and cross-sector skills sharing. At seventeen minutes, this first film is a quite long and detailed discussion of all aspects of framing and hanging artworks and seems easy to understand and follow. i know I'll be recommending it to students (and some staff!). I'll also be keeping a beady eye for future films in the series.
The Marches Network more generally also deserves a bit of a mention here. According to their website:
The MARCHES Network (formerly the Marches Curators Group) is a long-standing partnership of museums in the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, and Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service. Together we form a powerful network that is responsive to local needs and to the priorities of our partners and other agencies, which we share. Our shared expertise and connections enable us to provide services in hard to reach and isolated communities by aligning others’ agendas with our ability to support people to understand collections and explore their stories. We also have strong relationships with smaller and independent museums across the area.
As well as managing a great team of Museum Development Officers across the West Midlands region (including Rachel Lambert-Jones) they organise some really useful training events and have developed Museum on the Move, vans which take museum experiences to communities.
Museum on the Move is reminiscent in some ways Public Works' Folk Float - a art project which was a mobile archive for communities in Egremont. There are lots of cross-overs between archival, museum and artistic practice!