The aim of the conference is to articulate, describe and critically analyse the benefits for partnership projects between curators, museum professionals and academics. Museums are well placed to work with researchers to engage audiences with their activities and achieve impact, and for museums accessing research expertise can help them unlock the potential of collections, offer dynamic new ways of interpreting and displaying collections, lead to new audiences engaging with collections, and enable staff to develop their collections knowledge and expertise.
Morning sessions will provide examples of collaborative working between academics and curators to encourage and inspire more cross-sector partnerships. Speakers will discuss their motivations for working across sectors; the challenges (including finding funding); and also the benefits (or otherwise!) that it has brought for both partners.