Monthly Archives: June 2011

Call for Proposals: Paperweight 3 – Textures

Drawing together writers, researchers, academics, enthusiasts, designers, artists and curators, each issue of Paperweight takes a timely theme related to visual and material culture, and uses it as a starting point, or an end point, or something in-between, to explore the territory from differing vantage points.

Due for publication in Autumn 2011, the third issue of Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture is themed around Texture. The newspaper’s editors are keen to hear proposals for contributions from designers and design historians who work with and around texture – from the smooth and the shiny, to the rough and the hairy; from fibre and fabric, to the waxed and the lacquered; and everything else.

Proposals should be submitted to Rebecca Onion ( for material culture subjects or Matt Lodder ( for visual culture topics.

Deadline for Proposals: 15 July 2011

Deadline for Submissions: 15 September 2011

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Get connected in Brighton

Museums Association Annual Conference and Exhibition

3-4 October, Brighton Centre

Conference themes this year concentrate on how we can work collectively to survive the new austerity. Next Top Model looks at how we can reimagine museums, from new governance models to commissioning and smarter working. Innovation explores approaches to engaging audiences, raising extra cash and reinvigorating displays. Get Connected looks at how we make, create and sustain networks to link people who work in museums and those that visit them. The Get Connected strand is co-ordinated by Sally MacDonald, Director, UCL Museums & Collections.

Conference highlights include:

  • a session on Innovative historic house interpretation (Tuesday 4 October) where speakers from Historic Royal Palaces, National Trust and the Royal Pavilion will discuss new ways of bringing historic buildings to life
  • Get connected – what you give is what you get – making professional networks work, a session exploring the evolution of networks, looking at success stories and giving advice on improving existing networks
  • From Russia with… will look at collaborations and partnerships through the case study of the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow

Early bird rates apply to bookings before 31 July.

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SSN symposium papers published in Home Cultures special issue

A selection of papers from the SSN symposium “Home-work”: work in and at home from the sixteenth century to the present which took place in Manchester in March 2009 has been published by Home Cultures in a special issue on Home and Work in Britain. (Home Cultures, Issue 2, Volume 8, July 2011)

Delegates at the Home-work symposium in Manchester

The issue includes an introduction from symposium organisers Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway) and Lesley Hoskins (Royal Holloway), as well as full articles of papers presented by Anne Kershen (Queen Mary, University of London), Jane Whittle (University of Exeter), Lesley Hoskins (Royal Holloway), Amanda Flather (University of Essex) and Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge). The articles are currently available as free content from the Berg Journals website. Abstracts of papers presented at previous SSN events can be found under the Resources heading of the blog.

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