SEFM held a successful event at at Manchester Museum this October.
Manchester Museum and sustainable exhibitions funding, Director Nick Merriman
Nick Merriman was appointed as Director of the Manchester Museum in March 2006. Since then he has focused its mission on promoting understanding between cultures and working towards a sustainable world, and has overseen the refurbishment of most of the Museum’s permanent galleries. Nick has also been Chair of the Collections Trust since 2014.
Nick talked us through the potential new funding models for Manchester Museum, based on free entry and increased donations. He showed us the plans for the new exhibition space via their capital project. Nick highlighted the fact that their HLF funding is based on diversity, and maintaining free entry would encourage this message. Nick also talked about the need to strengthen links between universities and museums.
You can view Nick's powerpoint here.
Temporary Exhibitions at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Senior Exhibitions Manager Rowena Hamilton
Rowena has ten years’ experience as a creative and heritage professional, working specifically in museum and gallery exhibition and interpretation development, programmes and project management. She has been working at MOSI since 2014 and was appointed Senior Exhibitions Manager in March this year.
Rowena introduced the Science Museum Group's programme of exhibitions at MOSI. Rowena told us about MOSI's new exhibition space, focused on passive, low energy usage. She discussed the possibility of responsive lighting, tracking energy use, increasing local loans and reusing interpretation. Rowena told us about SMG's blueprint exhibitions, and exhibitions touring between SMG sites. She explained the difficulty of working across different sites with different audiences. In terms of sustainability, they aim for waste reduction, reuse of materials and recycling of structures. For example, their forthcoming Robots exhibition will reuse materials from previous exhibitions.
You can view Rowena's powerpoint here.
SEFM speed networking session
We then had a networking session which allowed everyone to meet each other and speak about current projects and sustainability issues.
Manchester Art Gallery, Principal Operations Manager Catriona Morgan
Catriona has worked on a number of sustainability projects at Manchester Art Gallery, including installing gallery-specific LED lighting, experimenting with switching off air-conditioning overnight, and widening their humidity parameters - and while maintaining a stable environment for the collection.
Catriona explained the issue that the art gallery had been facing of high energy usage and what they did to improve this. With Manchester city funding support, they installed LED lighting throughout the gallery. They also made a decision to switch off their BMS system overnight, widening the parameters for their collection. Catriona also highlighted issues around touring exhibitions, stating the importance of outlining the shared aspects from the outset. The gallery have issues with a lack of storage meaning that they find it difficult to store and reuse materials and build from previous exhibitions, but still manage to do so where possible.
You can view Catriona's powerpoint here.
Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees. The details of the next SEFM event will be announced soon.