Future Curators – Museum traineeships

A unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector. Future curators is a unique and exciting project which offers trainees the opportunity to spend a total of 18 months at two UK museums where they gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector and an accredited diploma in curatorship. The British Museum and five partner museums are looking for five creative individuals to take part in this work-based training initiative. Future curators is generously funded by the HLF Skills for the Future programme.

Apply for a traineeship in these fields:

Ancient Egypt and Sudan Ethnographic collections Far eastern culture Islamic art and culture Late medieval Europe

Closing date for applications Friday 17 February 2012, 12.00Find all the details here.

Campaign to Save the Wedgwood Museum

The following is copied from http://www.studiopottery.co.uk/blog/?p=737


The Campaign to Save the Wedgwood Museum received the shocking news that the UNESCO recognised archive of international importance is not held in trust and can be dispersed and sold to meet wholly disproportionate £135m Pension Fund liabilities. Read the Press release from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) lawyershere. Stoke-upon-Trent MP Hon. Dr Tristram Hunt MP is meeting with Government Ministers on December 20th to discuss the plight of the Museum. The Battle continues – continued political lobbying is essential: write to your MP to drive home how important this unique collection is to you. Campaign leader Alison Wedgwood: “We will begin a fund raising campaign in the new year, asking the government for urgent support, and seeking support from the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and as many generous philanthropists as we can cajole. This collection is not leaving Staffordshire without a fight!”

Write to you MP, Join our Supporters roll to declare your support and to be kept up to date with the Campaign: help to Save Wedgwood for the Nation. I was shocked to hear of this disgusting decision – I presume under the existing law the courts had little option! I have written to my local MP seeking support and would ask that all who read this article do the same – either to their MP or if outside the UK, Direct to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron. Please also Join the supporters group above. Here is a copy of my letter: Dear Nicholas Soames,
I run a major website for ceramic art, www.studiopottery.co.uk with an audience of some 25000 per month, with several hundred ceramic artist members. I have watched the unfolding saga surrounding the Wedgwood Museum with consternation and sadness. In essence, as I understand it, because a few museum staff were linked with the company the whole of the assets of the museum can be claimed and sold for the benefit of the old group pension scheme deficit. This ‘loophole’ in the law has been confirmed by the court this week. 
The result is that this archive of International importance, recognised by UNESCO can now be split up and sold off to meet the group pension fund liabilities. 


 Destruction of this unique collection and archive, which was always intended to be held in trust for perpetuity would be a National DISGRACE.

Both personally and on behalf of Studiopottery.co.uk we seek your support in finding a way that this unique collection can be saved for the nation and for future generations.

 Yours sincerely,

Stephen Dee
 Founder and Director

Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum’s collection.

He’ll take you to an afterlife conjured from his imaginary world, exploring a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture.

Vases covered in witty captions, elaborate tapestries and the centrepiece, a richly decorated cast iron coffin-ship, will be displayed alongside objects from the past two million years of culture and civilisation. From the first great invention, the hand axe, to a Hello Kitty pilgrim hand-towel, you will discover a reality that is old and new, poetic and factual, and funny as well as grim.

‘This is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world…The craftsman’s anonymity I find especially resonant in an age of the celebrity artist.’
Grayson Perry RA, Turner Prize winner When: 6 October 2011 to 19 February 2012 Where: British Museum
Great Russell Street
Visit British Museum’s website Times: Open daily 10.00–17.30. Open late* on Fridays until 20.30 (last entry 70 minutes before closing) Tickets: £10, Members free
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