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March 6, 2012

Collection Management Seminar


Swop Shop: from one dinosaur to the next!   Museum Professionals skill and knowledge sharing


Rachel Mackay, Visitor Experience Manager, NHM and LMG Share London Representative
Nancy Groves, Editor, The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network
Julie Reynolds, Blogger, London Museums Group


WEDNESDAY 21st March, Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington



Established in 2006, London Museums Group (LMG) is the representative group of all museums and the museum workforce in the Greater London area.  All individuals working in and for museums and related organisations in London, whether paid or unpaid, whether directly or as freelancers, can become members of the wider London Museums Group.

LMG consultation in the sector has proved a real hunger for a self-sustaining forum where museum professionals can share skills, knowledge and expertise.  London Museums Group’s Share London is an exciting new scheme that hopes to provide the answer. The scheme aims to support professional and personal development and make the excellent skills sharing that already goes on in the sector more accessible. We hope everyone involved – whether receiving support or giving it – will benefit from developing new skills and making new contacts.

Rachel Mackay, Share London’s Representative will introduce LMG and Share London and show how you can register offers of support and needs through the web site. Offers can be anything from stewarding at events or offering unused equipment to offering workshops, job shadowing and mentoring.

Judy Lindsay, Chair, of LMG published a blog on Share London for the new Cultural Professionals Network Guardian blog space: Museums sharing (with) a passion, and Nancy Groves the Editor will introduce this sharing network of creative professionals and give an insight into how museums can approach the culture journalists at the main Guardian newspaper.

To conclude, LMG Blogger in Residence Julie Reynolds and University of Manchester Professional Doctorate Museum Studies Student, will share human narratives of a skill sharing scheme that involved Louise Tomsett, Curator, Mammal Group, Zoology Department at the National History Museum and Milly Farrell, Curator, Odontological Collection at the Hunterian Museum [housed at the Royal College of Surgeons). Julie’s research focuses on the hidden knowledge around collections and human narratives and the talk will highlight the skills and knowledge shared, the benefits and challenges of the scheme through the curator’s voices and objects in their collections.

The seminar is open to all museum professionals.



Tea and coffee will be available in the seminar room lobby area after the talk.



Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (


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