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  1. NHSF Member Meeting Report
  2. All change in Government
  3. DCMS Single Departmental Plan
  4. Cultural Heritage Innovation: opportunities for international development
  5. Tourism Sector Deal
  6. Culture is Digital: June 2019 Progress Report
  7. IRO Status for the National Trust (an NHSF member)
  8. Horizon Europe Consultation
  9. Arts Council Summer Consultation
  10. Funding Opportunities from AHRC
  11. UKRI Industrial Strategy - Audience of the Future Challenge
  12. UKRI Council Members - Recruitment
  13. University of Leeds - Centre for Cultural Value
  14. New Museums E-newsletter from Arts Council England
  15. Research Impact News
  16. The European Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards - ILUCIDARE
  17. How AI Can Help Reveal the Processes of Renaissance Painting Studios
  18. Plastics in Archaeology Survey
  19. Call for Abstracts - The Icon Modern Materials Network
  20. Call for Abstracts - University of Antwerp
  21. Conservation Data Workshop
  22. STEM in Education Event
  23. Zooarchaeology Courses
  24. Heritage and The Creative Industries Report: Launch Event
  25. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) - Training Course
1. NHSF member meeting report - Skilled and Diverse Community

On 3rd July NHSF held the first of its new style 'Members' Meetings'. The member meetings have been set up as an opportunity for people within NHSF member organisations to come together around the strands of the new Strategic Framework for Heritage Science. This first meeting focussed on the 'Skilled and Diverse Community' strand of the framework. 

Members were invited to review a draft of the report (commissioned in 2017) Careers in Heritage Science: opportunities and constraints and contribute to a roundtable discussion on its findings and recommendations.

One of the issues raised by the report is the identity of 'Heritage Science' and the impact this has on study and career paths. Members discussed profile of the field as a discipline and as an application. They agreed that there is much to be celebrated given that the term only started to be used in 2006, and this report provides an opportunity to engage more widely with areas that fit under the heritage science umbrella term.

A number of actions were identified before the report can be published - including the production of a short summary that can be used to help communicate the key findings.

We'll publish the report on the NHSF website shortly and will be looking for partners to work with on dissemination and to address the recommendations.

The next member meeting will be in November and will focus on the 'Excellent Research' strand of the strategic framework.
 
2. All change in Government

It's all change as I write this newsletter. The new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has just given his statement on the priorities for Government to the House of Commons.

Top of the list is to deliver Brexit by the 31st October 2019. Closely linked to this is a strong emphasis on improving UK infrastructure, increasing (economic) productivity and closing the productivity gap across the UK. There was a guarantee to the 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK of their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, and commitments to investment in education, health and policing.

The Prime Minister reiterated the desire to 'continue to attract the best and brightest talent from around the world' and linked to this, he announced that the Migration Advisory Committee will be asked to review the Australian-style point-based immigration system as a first step in a 'radical rewriting of our immigration system'.

This is an area in which NHSF is engaged as part of its review of the implications of Brexit on heritage science, and will contribute to directly and through its membership of The Heritage Alliance.

Other changes include a new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with the appointment of Nicky Morgan and a new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Andrea Leadsom. We await news of other ministerial appointments.
 
3. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Departmental Plan 2019
In the Single Departmental Plan DCMS sets out its current focus areas. Listed below are those areas in which heritage science could particularly contribute. These relate to the section headings as they appear in the plan published on the DCMS website.
 
Objective 1
Global: Drive international trade, attract investment and promote shared values around the world – promoting the UK as a great place to live, work and visit.
  • Support growth and security through international partnerships in digital, tech, cultural and creative industries (contributes to SDG 9)
  • Work with the tourism sector to increase both domestic and international visitor numbers (contributes to SDG 12)
Objective 2
Growth: Grow an economy that is creative, innovative and works for everyone.
  • Strengthen the data economy and maximise the benefits from government’s own data by implementing the priorities set out in the Digital Strategy (Contributes to SDG 8)
  • Support the economic success of the creative industries by assessing challenges around skills, access to finance, place and intellectual property, and talent requirements to support growth across all sectors (contributes to SDG 8)
  • Support the best of our arts and culture in delivering positive social and economic outcomes through cohesive policies focused on building a resilient and sustainable sector, including the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, Culture Development Fund, and supporting Coventry as the UK City of Culture 2021
  • Promote digital skills and inclusion by continuing to tackle the root causes of digital exclusion and increasing digital capability (contributes to SDG 4)
Objective 4
Participation: Maximise social action, cultural, sporting and physical activity participation.
  • Support UK arts and culture, promote its role in delivering positive social outcomes through effective policy making and public investment (contributes to SDG 11)
  • Promote and protect the historic environment so that future generations can appreciate heritage assets. We will use the Heritage Statement to deliver cohesive policies focused on building a resilient and sustainable sector (contributes to SDG 16)
  • Increase participation in arts and culture by extending the reach, innovation and resilience in the cultural sector through our delivery of the Culture is Digital report (contributes to SDG 8)
  • Preserve museums/galleries/cultural property for the enjoyment and education of citizens by supporting as many visitors as possible to enjoy our national collections, especially through free entry to permanent collections (contributes to SDG 16)
  • Deliver the 2022 UK Festival (contributes to SDG8)
View the full plan here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-digital-culture-media-and-sport-single-departmental-plan/dcms-single-departmental-plan-2019
4. Cultural Heritage Innovation: opportunities for international development
The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) has published a report that shows how the UK is world-leading in innovation in the cultural heritage sector.

Read the report: Cultural Heritage Innovation: opportunities for international development.

In 2017 UKNC was commissioned by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) to:
  • Develop a high-level overview of innovative practices in cultural heritage being spearheaded by UK organisations and
  • Identify the potential for future collaborations with ODA countries

Seven of the 20 contributors to the resulting report are members of NHSF and the report 'illustrates the UK's eminence in heritage science and research and its people-centre approach'. Whilst heritage science is strongly represented throughout the report, the section on 'new techniques and models' is likely to be of particular interest.

It is also pleasing to see NHSF's analysis of European funding for heritage science research used in the report. This analysis was carried out in 2017 and is an area of evidence that NHSF plans to update as part of its contribution to the 'Research' strand of the Strategic Framework for Heritage Science in the UK, and in support of funding arrangements after the UK's departure from the European Union.

The report touches on many issues that are included in the Strategic Framework for Heritage Science in the UK, particularly around profile, funding, collaboration and impact. NHSF will continue to engage with UKNC around the reports recommendations.
 
5. Prime Minister Announces UK’s First Ever Tourism Sector Deal
At the end of June Prime Minister Theresa May launched the UK’s first ever tourism sector deal. Announcing the deal she said: “As one of the most visited countries in the world, the UK is a world leader in international tourism and it is crucial that we remain globally competitive to meet growing demands. That’s why today I am pleased to announce the UK’s first ever tourism sector deal, ensuring that we continue to innovate, boost connectivity and economic productivity, expand career pathways and break down barriers for visitors with disabilities.”

The strategy document recognises the importance of cultural heritage: “The United Kingdom is rich in cultural heritage; it offers landscapes of outstanding natural beauty as well as vibrant city life and urban attractions. From the one thousand years of history of the Tower of London to the unique Giant’s Causeway clifftop experience in Northern Ireland, UK tourism offers enduring memories and experiences for both domestic and inbound visitors.”
 
Visiting our heritage is the number one reason international visitors chose the UK as a location to visit. The UK’s unique culture and heritage attracts £4.5bn worth of spending by inbound visitors annually, more than quarter of all spending by international visitors. The government is investing in a number of projects across the Museums, Heritage and Arts sectors to provide world-class attractions for visitors. This includes contributing £4m to a new exhibition space at Jodrell Bank, near Manchester, to celebrate its world-leading place in the history of astronomy and £7.2m to conduct urgent conservation works at Wentworth Woodhouse, a country house in Yorkshire, with the long term aim to turn it into a visitor attraction. Natural England is developing our coastal offer by investing £25.6m between 2015 and 2020 to create the England Coastal path which, when complete, will be the longest coastal path in the world.
 
In support of training and development the government will introduce two new T levels in Cultural Heritage and Visitor Attractions, and Catering, to help deliver the industry workers of the future, whilst industry will deliver 30,000 apprenticeships per year by 2025 and will lead a mentoring programme aimed at supporting 10,000 employees to enhance their careers and ensure they can progress within the sector.

Read the full story: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-new-tourism-sector-deal
6. Culture is Digital: June 2019 Progress Report
Born out of the Culture White Paper, the #CultureisDigital online consultation was launched in April 2017. This culminated in the publication of the 2018 Culture is Digital Report which contained research, evidence and commitments across 3 main themes: Audiences, Skills and Digital Capability, and Future Strategy. Culture is Digital is now in the implementation stage and this document charts the progress that has been made as well as opportunities for future development.

On Audiences the report noted that the collection, analysis and sharing of audience data would allow organisations to develop a more informed and responsive approach with both existing and new audiences. Since then:
  • applicants to the Cultural Development Fund were encouraged to include digital engagement as part of their place-based strategies. In particular, Plymouth will receive £3.5 million to develop the use of immersive and digital technologies and bring to life the cultural programme to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship’s pioneering voyage
  • the National Lottery Heritage Fund is embedding skills development on the use of audience data within multiple workstreams as part of its new £1 million Digital Campaign (see below)
On Digital Skills and capability the report noted skills gaps in the sector, such as data analysis and intellectual property knowledge, and highlighted the benefit of increasing digital skills and maturity. Since then:
  • the Arts Council has launched its new £1.1 million Digital Culture network, a 2 year initiative to increase the digital skills and capacity of arts and cultural organisations, providing practical hands-on support, developing partnerships with the technology sector and facilitating the sharing of resources and best practice
  • the National Lottery Heritage Fund is embarking on a new £1 million campaign to build digital capability in the heritage sector. Over the next 2 years it will invest in new projects and learning opportunities that target heritage organisations that lack digital skills and confidence
On Future Strategy the report highlighted the UK’s competitive advantage in digital and cultural sectors and how, through greater coordination in areas like Research and Development (R&D) and use of online heritage collections, the UK could lead the way in creating new art and cultural experiences with technology. Since then:
  • the National Archives launched their online collections taskforce in 2018, bringing together leaders from across the heritage sector. The taskforce is launching online resources that look at the issues organisations need to consider before digitising collections
  • the National Gallery is launching its new innovation space, National Gallery X in the Summer of 2019. This space will house a range of activity leading with a collaborative R&D project with King’s College London
Read the full report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/culture-is-digital/culture-is-digital-june-2019-progress-report
7. IRO Status for the National Trust (an NHSF member)
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded Independent Research Organisation status to the National Trust, enabling the organisation to further strengthen its ties with researchers across the culture and history sectors. The Trust, which has 5.2 million members, can now apply directly to UK Research Councils for funding. Nino Strachey, Head of Research at National Trust, referred to the ongoing relationships with academia: “Our existing partnerships, such as those with the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, have helped us to share diverse histories, improve our conservation work, and build understanding of our properties’ natural environment or cultural heritage significance. This new status will also help the National Trust’s pursuit of goals set out in its Research Strategy, set to run until 2021.

Read more here: https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/national-trust-joins-va-historic-england-iro-status/
8. Horizon Europe Consultation
Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. The European Commission is preparing the implementation of Horizon Europe in an intensive co-design process that will help shape European research and innovation investments in the coming years.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to participate in shaping the future of Heritage Science research and infrastructures. Therefore, please feel free to mention Heritage Science and Heritage Science infrastructures in your contribution. The inputs received will help prepare the ‘Strategic Plan’ for Horizon Europe, which will then guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe’s first four years (2021-2024).
 
The consultation period is now open until 8 September 2019 and the Commission invites anyone with an interest in future EU research and innovation priorities, anywhere in the world, to participate.
 
The NHSF will be coordinating a response to the consultation from its membership and you can also participate in the online consultation on Horizon Europe here.
 
For more information visit: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/euraxess/news/horizon-europe-online-consultation-open
9. Arts Council 10-year Strategy - Summer Consultation
ACE has published a draft 10-year strategy and is seeking input from organisations and individuals within the arts and culture sectors to help finalise the strategy document before its publication in December. The following excerpt highlights perceived global challenges and adverse domestic circumstances facing artists and cultural organisations:
 
‘As we look towards 2030, the external shifts and challenges facing not only artists and cultural organisations but the wider world, are daunting. Technology and its applications continue to evolve at speed, presenting us with new opportunities and posing new questions. Pressure on public funding is likely to grow, as health and social care costs continue to rise and the proportion of older people in our population increases. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are poised to revolutionise the world of work. Global financial instability appears likely to escalate, while the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union on our national politics and economy has yet to be fully understood. Our country will continue to grapple with cultural divisions and historic inequalities. And, overshadowing all of this, climate change and environmental degradation look certain to be the pre-eminent forces shaping our social, political and economic landscape up to 2030 and beyond. Our intention is that this strategy will help put in place conditions that enable creative practitioners, cultural organisations, and their workforces to respond to what lies ahead and to shape it for the better. For Arts Council England, the strategy will determine our role as advocates for culture and creativity, and our approach to development and investment, for the next 10 years.’
 
ACE’s strategy for 2020-30 is built around three outcomes and three investment principles. They are designed to work together to enable more people to take advantage of more opportunities to develop and express their creativity, to support them to access the widest possible range of high-quality culture, and ultimately to help create a country in which creativity and culture enrich the lives of everyone.
 
Outcomes
Creative people: Every person can develop and express creativity throughout their lives
Cultural communities: A collaborative approach to culture helps villages, towns and cities across the country to thrive
A creative & cultural country: England’s cultural sector is innovative, collaborative and international
 
Investment principles
Ambition & quality: Cultural organisations are ambitious and committed to improving the quality of their work
Inclusivity & relevance: England’s diversity is fully reflected in the organisations and individuals that we support and in the culture they produce
Dynamism & environmental sustainability: Cultural organisations are dynamic and environmentally sustainable
 
NHSF will respond to the consultation in order to highlight areas in which heritage science can contribute to the outcomes listed above.
 
Read the full ‘ACE Draft strategy for consultation’: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Draft_Strategy_summer_consultation_2019.pdf
10. Funding Opportunities from AHRC
 
SPF Landscape Decisions
UK Research & Innovation are inviting applications to calls funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets programme. AHRC is a partner in this cross-disciplinary Programme and is pleased to announce the following two ‘highlight notice’ calls:
  • Research Networking call on Changing Landscapes: Towards a new Decision Making Framework for UK Landscapes and Land Assets

  • Follow-on Funding Call to Develop the Impact of Past Research on Landscape Decision-making

For more information and to apply, visit: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/spf-landscape-decisions-towards-a-new-framework-for-using-land-assets-research-networking-and-follow-on-funding-highlight-notices/
 

GCRF Challenge Clusters
AHRC, on behalf of UKRI, invites applications for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Challenge Clusters. The GCRF Challenge Clusters seek to utilise the strength of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and the existing 800 GCRF projects funded to date, to address global challenges whilst delivering sustainable development impact. Proposals should be bold and inspirational, crossing disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The applications should be research community driven. Existing GCRF grant holders will identify new Challenges to be addressed through clustering of current or previously funded GCRF projects whilst also leveraging external expertise to deepen impact, share knowledge and build capability and capacity beyond GCRF.

Proposed activities must be in addition to existing funded activities undertaken by GCRF projects. The types of activities in Challenge Clusters could involve synthesis of research finding to support the use of evidence in decision-making, co-creating new insights, or the application of best practice. Research synthesis could also be used to assist in developing future research agendas and proposals. Closing Date: 24th September 2019

For more information and to apply, visit: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/gcrf-challenge-clusters/
 
Policy Internships Scheme
The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research & Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations. For the full list of host partners and to apply visit: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/policy-internships-scheme/
 
Closing date: 12th August 2019
 
JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use call announcement
The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity. The Conservation, Protection and Use call will support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage.
It invites research projects that take a global approach to preserving Europe’s heritage and which result in a better understanding of our history, traditions and culture, of our individual and collective identities, and ultimately of our well-being.
Scope: Four broad topics essential for our understanding of change and how to manage it are addressed in this call: 
  1. Analysing and modelling change
  2. Developing sustainable protection and enhancement of values
  3. Management of cultural heritage at risk
  4. Layered protection and conservation.
Closing Date: 11/09/2019

For more information and to apply, visit: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/jpich-conservation-protection-and-use-call-announcement/
11. UKRI Industrial Strategy - Audience of the Future Challenge
New immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality are changing how we experience the world around us – including entertainment, sports, museums, shops and classrooms. They will fundamentally change products and services in the next 20 years, and transform how we experience the world. 
 
The Audience of the Future Challenge will bring creative businesses, researchers and technology experts together to create striking new experiences that captivate the public. Those funded through the challenge will adopt, exploit and develop immersive technologies to create new products and services. They will capture the world’s attention and grow the UK’s leading market position in creative content.

For more information visit: https://www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund/audience-of-the-future/
12. UKRI Recruitment - Council Members
UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England, working to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. Each Council is led by an Executive Chair, supported by a council of between five and 12 members.

The councils have a pivotal role in ensuring the success of UK Research and Innovation, helping us to achieve our strategic objectives to be the single, strong voice of UK research and innovation, and building on our world-leading reputation.

In this recruitment round UKRI is looking to appoint members to each of the nine Councils. We are seeking candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including leaders from industry, academia and government.
 
For more information visit: http://green-park-jobs.co.uk/ukri/index.php
13. University of Leeds – Centre for Cultural Value
The University of Leeds has won the bid to host the new Centre for Cultural Value, aimed at making academic research more accessible, bridging the gap between theory and practice in cultural work. It is backed by £2m in funding over the next five years from AHRC, ACE and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Its programme of work will seek to involve people from across the cultural sector and will include:
  • Simplifying and summarising work from the Audience Agency, Arts Marketing Association and other data providers, and making reports searchable by theme
  • Creating a ‘network of networks’ to signpost researchers and Government towards useful information
  • Launching a free, massive, open online course (MOOC) on evaluation, with the aim of encouraging a more rigorous approach not just aimed at advocacy
  • There will be £200k available in grants from £5k - £15k to encourage organisations to work with academics and explore new methods of measuring cultural value
  • It will also prioritise ‘timely’ topics, including conflict resolution, the repercussions of Brexit, wellbeing and cultural regeneration.
The CCV will begin work in October with two public events to refine its model and then fully open in Spring 2020.
 
For more information, visit: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/performance-research-innovation/doc/centre-cultural-value
14. New Museums E-newsletter from Arts Council England
Arts Council England has just published the first edition of their new quarterly e-newsletter, keeping subscribers up to date with the latest funding opportunities and relevant schemes.

The first edition cites examples of how museums are making use of National Lottery Project Grants, including the Museum of Oxford's Young Voices initiative; the use of 3D scanning for collections; and next steps in its 10-year strategy consultation.

To receive further editions directly, you can sign up at this link:
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/supporting-museums/quarterly-museums-newsletter 
15. Research Impact News
Fast Track Impact is an international training company working in the Higher Education and research and innovation sectors. Its mission is "to change the way researchers generate and share knowledge, so that their ideas can change the world."

In addition to online training for individual researchers, and face-to-face training for professional development programmes the website holds a number of resources to help researchers track or improve impact. It also publishes a regular newsletter - you can find out more or sign up to the newsletter 'Research Impact News' at: https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/
16. The European Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards - ILUCIDARE
The European Heritage Awards/Europe Nostra Awards are Europe’s top honour in the field of cultural heritage and recognise outstanding conservation projects, innovative research; the dedication of heritage professionals and volunteers; and exceptional initiatives in education, training and awareness-raising.

The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes are supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

If you are active in the fields of heritage-led innovation or diplomacy you can submit your project and share your success across Europe!

For further information and how to apply please, visit: http://www.e-rihs.eu/ilucidare-special-prizes-within-the-european-heritage-awards-europa-nostra-awards-2020-call-for-entries-deadline-october-1-2019/
17. How AI Can Help Reveal the Processes of Renaissance Painting Studios
 An article in Nature describes how Artificial Intelligence is being harnessed to bring new insights to old paintings. By allowing AI to undertake ‘unsupervised deep learning’ on Renaissance paintings, it could track where the same image turned up over multiple paintings and showed how artists collaborated in shared workshops. Meanwhile, a team at Rutgers University was surprised to find that when ‘unsupervised’ AI was fed 77,000 paintings spanning five centuries, it put the works into chronological order.
 
Read the full article in nature - international journal of science
18. Plastics in Archaeology Survey
Researchers at the University of Melbourne are conducting a research project related to understanding plastics in archaeology, in particular areas concerning the survey, identification and analysis of the composition and condition of polymeric materials in the field to assist in the management of malignant plastics in archaeological collections.
 
If you are interested in participating you can take part in the online survey for Plastics in Archaeology here: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d145E91qejpOiup

Responses will be kept confidential. The online questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete and you have the right to withdraw at any point during the study and to withdraw any unprocessed data previously supplied.

Contact the Principal Researcher or Student Researcher to discuss this research: Dr. Petronella Nel pnel@unimelb.edu.au or Sharon Wong swong3@student.unimelb.edu.au

Survey closes 30th August 2019
19. Call for Abstracts - The Icon Modern Materials Network
The Icon Modern Materials Network is inviting abstracts for a one-day symposium on the 17th October at the Science Museum, London, UK. The day aims to bring together conservation and non-conservation professionals with an interest in the preservation of modern materials such polymeric materials (plastics), modern metal alloys, carbon fibre, modern production techniques (e.g. 3D printing) and modern objects that have intrinsic challenges, like batteries and modern technology.

Abstracts on all materials from the 20th and 21st century will be considered - no material is too modern! They are particularly interested in research or treatment in progress and perceived failures to fuel on-going discussions throughout the day and beyond.

The day will be split in to talks on current research and poster presentations. Please specify which you would like to submit to.

Submission criteria:

- Word max: 250 words
- Language: All abstracts and information must be submitted in English.
- Please state whether you are applying for a talk or poster presentation.
- Submissions should be made to:  iconmodernmaterials@gmail.com
- Submission deadline: 31st July 2019

For more information visit: https://icon.org.uk/events/icon-mmn-challenges-of-the-modern-object
20. Call for Abstracts – University of Antwerp
The conservation-restoration programme of the University of Antwerp is organising the 14th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in Heritage and Historic Environments.
 
A varied audience of heritage guardians, archaeologists, scientists and students will discuss challenging problems about environmental preservation conditions of heritage objects.
 
Contributions on new trends in pollution monitoring, understanding the levels of risk to collections, material emissions, and building refurbishment as a mitigation action are welcome. Contributions are encouraged that discuss practical case studies in museums, archives or churches (e.g., decision making, implementation of mitigation actions, use of showcases, etc.).

Submission deadline 6th December 2019

For more information and registration visit: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/overuantwerpen/faculteiten/ontwerpwetenschappen/nieuws-en-activiteiten/indoor-air-quality-2020/
21. Conservation data workshop – UAL, London
The Linked Conservation Data Consortium is organising a free workshop in London hosted by the University of the Arts London (UK) to discuss modelling conservation data. Conservation domain expertise and sample data are needed. If you are able to contribute sample data for use during the workshop please contact the organisers as soon as possible.

Date: 12-13 September 2019
Location: University of the Arts London, UK
Deadline for registrations 16th August 2019. (Limited capacity)
 
To register and find out more: https://www.ligatus.org.uk/lcd/meeting/modelling
22. STEM in education event
The British Science Association will hold its annual STEM in Education Evening on the 11th September at Coventry Transport Museum. This will be an opportunity to meet teachers, activity providers, STEM Ambassadors and others who are supporting science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges. It is also a great opportunity to network and find out about the latest resources and opportunities in the region and nationally. Find out more about the British Science Association, pick up free educational resources and peruse displays celebrating new ways of approaching STEM in Education.
 
Book tickets online: https://stemineducation.eventbrite.co.uk
23. Zooarchaeology Short Courses – Spread the Word!
Understanding Zooarchaeology I, 10th-12th September 2019: this course is directed at students, professionals and enthusiasts who want to discover the fascinating and stimulating world of animal remains recovered from archaeological sites. Please note that the course does not require any previous knowledge of zooarchaeology.
 
Birds in Archaeology, 13th September 2019 (a new short course which will run for the first time this year): the course will introduce you to the study of bird remains in archaeology, with sessions on British birds and the species most commonly found in archaeological sites. The course is directed towards students, professionals and bird enthusiasts.
 
These courses can be taken individually or combined. For more information visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/zooarchaeology-lab/short-course
24. The Heritage Alliance - Heritage and The Creative Industries Report: Launch Event
The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce the launch of its report on Heritage and Creative Industries, written by Hannah Shimko, at The Ragged School Museum in London on 17th September, from 3-5pm.

This important report aims to showcase successful collaborations between heritage sites and organisations within the creative industries, sharing best practice and recommendations for both sectors to build better partnerships into the future. The report also sets out recommendations for funders, Government and policy workers.
 
The event is free and open to all, but donations are welcome from individuals or organisations who are happy to contribute to the running costs of the event and to help us do further work on this project into the future.
 
Find out more and book here: Eventbrite
25. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) - Training Course
This practical one-day course will take attendees through the process of taking RTI-compatible photographs and then processing to create a 3-D effect of the virtual surface structure on participants’ own computers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops and objects to work with. The course will be led by Marta Pilarska of the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Date: 27th September 2019
Time: 10:30 – 17:00
Venue: Museums Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh
Fee: £20 - £35 (includes lunch, tea, coffee)

For more information and booking details visit Eventbrite


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