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Tristan Antoine, October 2017: Blog: Museums and galleries I have visited:

Three weeks into the course it is inevitable that one looks to past experience to make sense of current learning. Almost as if starting a new job, an audit, or period of reflection is useful to me; consolidating existing knowledge and understanding and identifying some of the opportunities for development. I have had cause to be reminded of museums and galleries I have been to -some I had forgotten about. This list is hopefully the first instalment of what will, I hope, eventually be a comprehensive record of my gallery/museum experience world-wide. This process not only took longer than I imagined, but also brought back many memories of experiences, shows and even individual exhibits. Interestingly, unlike many UK kids today who have some experience of museums whilst at school, I don’t remember going into a gallery or museum before my foundation course. Some on the list I (have, or) do visit often, others, just once and it can stay that way! But why? What was it about those one-off experiences that I didn’t consider returning? The list exposes areas of the UK that I haven’t explored so much or at all; I doubt it is because there are no museums/galleries in these areas?

North West Tate Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science & Industry, People’s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery, The Lowry

Yorkshire – York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery, National Railways Museum, Royal Armouries, Leeds, National Media Museum Bradford, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Bradford, Bradford One Gallery, Salts Mill, Bradford Industrial Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum Armley Mills, Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, National Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, Bronte Parsonage, Jorvick Viking Centre, Graves Art Gallery Sheffield, Millennium Gallery Sheffield, Ferens Art Gallery Hull, Eureka! Halifax, Cliffe Castle Museum Keighley, Thackray Medical Museum Leeds, Kirkstall Abbey & Abbey House Museum Leeds, Eden Camp Museum Maltby, Leeds City Museum, Hull Maritime Museum, The Deep Hull, Doncaster Museum & Gallery, Bolling Hall Bradford, Royal Pump Rooms Harrogate, Manor House Art Gallery and Museum Ilkley, Temple Newsam Leeds, Leeds Discovery Centre, Craft Centre & Design Gallery Leeds, Ingleborough Museum, Peace Museum Bradford, Smith Art Gallery Brighouse, Bankfield Museum Halifax, Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate, Wilberforce House Museum, Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Bracken Hall, Skipton Castle, East Riddlesden Hall, Harewood House, Horsforth Village Museum, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Lotherton Hall, Nostell Priory, Rievaulx Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingdales Museum, Sewerby Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Whitby Abbey, Bolton Castle Wensleydale,

Tyne & Wear – Laing Art Gallery Newcastle, Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead, Hatton Gallery Newcastle, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead, Segedunum Wallsend, Livivng Museum of The North Beamish, Alnwick castle, Housesteads Roman Fort

Midlands – Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery, Black Country Living Museum, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Thinktank Birmingham, Museum of The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, Aston Hall, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Art Birmingham, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, New Walk Museum Leicester, Warwick Castle, Snibston Discovery Museum, Hardwick Hall, Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Worcester Museum & Art Gallery, The Commandery Worcester, Royal Worcester Pottery Museum, Kidderminster Carpet Museum, Harvington Hall, Worcester County Museum & Hartlebury Castle, Dudmaston Hall, Worcester Cathedral, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Compton Verney, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Coventry, Mead Gallery Warwick Arts Centre, Shrewsbury Castle & Museum & Art Gallery, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Stoke-on-Trent, Ruskin Glass Centre Stourbridge, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Museum of The Gorge Ironbridge, MAD Museum Stratford, Kidderminster Railway Museum, Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Sculpture, Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, Ludlow Museum, Ludlow castle, Museum of The Staffordshire Yeomanry Museums Collections Centre, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, The Worcestershire Yeomanry Cavalry Museum, Worcestershire Regiment Museum

East – Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Stained Glass Museum Ely, Ely Museum

South East – Royal Pavilion Brighton, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Museum of Eton Life, National Museum of The Royal Navy Portsmouth, Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, Osborne House Isle of Wight,

South West – Museum of Oxford, Bodlian Library Oxford, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Modern Art Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum, Chiltern Sculpture Park, Blenheim Palace, Fashion Museum & Assembly Rooms Bath, Roman Baths Museum, No. 1 Royal Crescent Bath, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery, The Waterways Museum, Gloucester, Poole Museum & History Centre, The Poole Pottery, Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture garden St. Ives, Mariners’ Gallery St. Ives, Axe Valley Heritage Museum Seaton, Hereford Cathedral, Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, Winchester Cathedral, Bloxham Village Museum, Berkley Castle, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

London – Banqueting House Whitehall, Barbican Art Gallery, British Library, British Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Museum of London, Courtauld institute, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Royal London Hospital Museum, St Thomas’ Operating Theatre & Herb Garret, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Sir John Sloane Museum, Freud Museum, Geffrye Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Horniman Museum, Huntarian Museum, Mall Galleries, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of The Order of St. John, Merton Abbey Mills, Royal College of Physicians Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Royal Maritime Museum, The Queen’s house, Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, The Design Museum, The Saatchi Gallery, The Foundling Museum, Wallace Collection, Sion Park & House, Petrie Museum of Egyptology, Serpentine Gallery, Bankside Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, White Cube, Newport Street Gallery, Imperial War Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood, London Transport Museum, V&A Theatre Museum, Pollock’s Toy Theatre Museum, Wellcome Collection, Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum, Cutty Sark, Kenwood House (Iveagh Bequest), Osterley Park House, Royal Academy of Arts, The Clink Museum,

Scotland – Aberdeen Art Gallery, Robert Burns House Dumfries, John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum Kirkbean, Gracefield Arts Centre Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway Museum, RSS Discovery Point Dundee, McManus Gallery & Museum Dundee, Science Museum Dundee, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Duncan of Jordanston Galleries, Broughty Castle & Museum, The Grey House (Macintosh) Dunbarton, City Arts Centre Edinburgh, Museum of Edinburgh, National Portrait Gallery Scotland Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh, West Highland museum Fort William, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Museum of Modern Art Glasgow, Burrell Collection Pollock, Glencoe Folk Museum, Iona Heritage Centre, Iona Abbey, Sterling Castle, Scone Castle, Glamis Castle, Black Watch Castle & Museum Perth, Blair Athol Castle, Glasgow School of Art, Tennament House Glasgow, Transmission Gallery Glasgow, Transport museum Glasgow, Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Kelvin Hall Glasgow, Mull Museum, Ullapool Museum, Hunterian Museum Glasgow, Macintosh House Glasgow, Perth Museum, Fergusson Art Gallery Perth, People’s Palace Glasgow, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art Glasgow, Verdant Works Dundee, Sterling Smith Art Gallery, Dean Gallery Edinburgh, McLellen Galleries, MacRobert Arts Centre Sterling, Tramway Arts Centre Glasgow, Inverary Jail, Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, Scotland Street School Museum Glasgow,

Wales – National Slate Museum, National Museum of Art Cardiff,
Tristan Antoine

People are People

I started Week 2 by engaging myself in active group discussion about our thoughts on why people take their time to visit Museums. That was the easy part, as we all share a passion and enthusiasm for the sector but we also thought through the perspectives of audiences who would be reluctant to visit and their reasoning. This helped us gain a basic understanding of the kind of issues that can arise from working in such an environment. In our first lecture, I learned about the various types of museums and how their purpose can influence the contents of their collection. More importantly, I became aware of the huge role that the audience plays and their increasing contribution to the exhibitions.

To finish off the week, we had the pleasure of a brief tour with the conservation team. It’s always fascinating to have a clear idea of the work that they undertake, from a practical point of view of seeing material deterioration first hand and handling some of the less delicate items. It really became clear how vital the role is that this team plays in the general upkeep of the environment and overall, I am looking forward to discovering more in week 3.
Raegan Shaw

Hello from Reagan

My name is Raegan Shaw and after recently graduating from Birmingham City University with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, I was thrilled to gain a place on this course. With a background primarily in the arts, it was my passion for the literature based and often gothic narratives in the Pre Raphaelite paintings on display that brought me to grow very fond of the museum environment. Of course, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has an incredible collection of these artworks so I am very excited, not only to be able to appreciate these on a regular basis but to finally be able to study in a sector that promotes all of the fundamental values of preserving history, aesthetics, and skill. I am a firm believer that the visually engaging displays are incredibly beneficial. They are not only educational and the best source of inspiration for creative people of all kinds but they also encourage emotional wellbeing, as a place to escape the drudgery of everyday life and witness some of the world’s most wonderful creations.

I’m unsure as to where this course shall take me but it is a promising start and brilliant opportunity to break into the world of museums and heritage. It has, so far, been very enjoyable to become better acquainted with the Birmingham Museums Trust and I look forward to what the future may hold.Raegan Shaw

Hello From Kate H…

I have chosen to study Museum Practice as I find the Heritage Sector particularly interesting. I have been hooked by the way the sector covers such a broad band of time and materials. The challenge of protecting and providing guardianship to artefacts, buildings and knowledge is fascinating. Especially when coupled with the drive to engage a modern public, and maintain the funding to be able to do so.
Recently I graduated from BSc Hons Gemmology. Gemmology caught my interest with its beautiful, natural treasures. The subject allows you to become a detective in a world of glorious colours and secret histories. Through my love of gemstones, I have been introduced to the discipline of research and the challenges of physics and chemistry. Kate Harper
I have an employment background in Facilities Management and can already strongly identify how I can apply this work experience to future employment. I believe that a position in Museum Management would be a natural fit. I am particularly drawn towards natural history and science.
When I began my Gemmology degree I didn’t believe myself to be a scientist, but before long I found myself ‘doing’ science and my mind becoming more curious about the ‘how’s’ of the world around me. I really relish the opportunity to continue to learn and to be a part of sparking curiosity in others.

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MKate Byfordy name is Kate Byford. I graduated several years ago with a degree and masters in English literature, and since then have worked a variety of jobs in the public and charity sectors. I have always been fascinated by stories and narratives – stories in books and novels, storytelling, the stories that are called ‘history’ and ‘art’ and ‘ideologies’ and the way we tell these stories to each other and to ourselves, and how those stories shape the world. Museums fascinate me as places that have to attempt to both capture, tell, and lead these narratives through their choices about what and how to display their collections. And, increasingly, how museums engage communities in the telling of stories. !

I have always loved museums and cultural spaces and I am keen to explore how I can recontextualise the skills in project management and public engagement I have gained through my career, and to explore and gain new skills and experiences. I grew up near Birmingham so many of the Birmingham Trust sites are childhood memories for me, and I’m looking forward to gaining a new perspective on them.

I don’t know exactly where I’m going to be and what I will want to do at the end of this year, but I’m looking forward to flinging out!

The Edge of Glory

Charoltte BranaghanAmy ThompsonHi ! My name is Charlotte and I have always wanted to work in the heritage sector. I have always been passionate about history, more so ancient and medieval, hence have a degree in it was always the plan. Although it didn’t really pan out as it expected, I wasn’t presented with the experience in the heritage sector of which I sorely desired and assumed. After not really knowing what to do with my career for two years after graduating, I came across an advert for an MA whilst browsing the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. From not knowing how to obtain the knowledge I needed for it to be given to me (over the course of this following year of course) was and is an exciting prospect. Whilst waiting to begin I did a few months of volunteer work with Sarehole Mill and that was a great experience to top it all off. I finally feel as if I am heading in the right direction of one day being a History Curator or even Collections Manager.

Hello From Amy

Over the past year since graduating from my studies at the University of Birmingham in 2016 I have been planning a career in the museum sector. I have discovered a passion for museums over the last year after starting my job as a museum enabler at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham, one of the BMT sites. This job has sparked a renewed life long love for museums and since then I have become more determined to pursue a career in this field. What fascinates me the most about museums is how they can take us back in time to discover more about the people of the past. The Masters run by BCU and BMT gives me the opportunity to not only study stunning objects, but also gain an insight into all aspects of daily life across a wide variety of museum and heritage sites. Currently my career goals are broad ranging and the opportunity to explore all of my interests is the most appealing element of the masters course. In addition the chance to work across nine different museum and heritage sites will provide me with a spectrum of knowledge and experience which no other masters course can provide.
Amy Thompson

Uptown Girl

Hello my name is Rune Williams and I come from a small little village on the border of South Wales, I have spent the last three years studying fine art and animation within the city of Worcester. I also studied illustration within this time, I have learnt a lot from every practice throughout studying my BA course. The one thing that I took away from my studies was my willingness to gather resources that led me to develop an interest in visiting museums, I remember going to various different parts of the UK gathering photos and information of the various museums that I had visited and making a work book. I even brought this book with me to my interview for this exact course.

My deciding factor on this course was the different opportunities that is given towards the students and as I have seen from this week. I am more than excited to continue this practice, in just the last few days there have been some great opportunities. The first opportunity being that I got to see the amazing artwork of Willard Wigan, I didn’t even know that art like this was even possible. The second opportunity within Think Tank, I got to hold a baby chick, which was just adorable.IMG_2685

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Hello From Ross

Visiting museums of all kinds has been a great source of learning and enjoyment for me since childhood. Some of my happiest early memories are of exploring Harvington Hall, Oak House, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and the Alcazaba of Malaga.

After graduating in BA (Hons) Fine Art a number of year ago and returning home to the West Midlands, I proceeded to expand my internet business I had started at Falmouth. I have always had an enterprising nature, fascination with new technology and where our civilisation is heading. Ross SpencerI am now seeking a career change that amalgamates my abilities in the Arts, Business & Technology with my passion for Cultural Heritage.

This pioneering new Masters course is just the spring board I need. It will provide me with a thorough insight into professional museum practice with the ability to live test research. During the Fourth Industrial Revolution museums can act as unique platforms for learning, shared success, wellbeing and social cohesion like no other. Now is an exciting time to enter the Cultural Heritage sector, by the end of the course I hope to have a clearer vision of my unique role.