New Early Career Network

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Abbie Line introduces this new online network for people in the first few years of their museum career.

East of England Emerging Museum Professionals (EEEMP) is part of a larger network (UKEMP) which has groups set up all over the country. It is a friendly networking community for people in the East of England who want to develop a career in the museum and heritage sector. This could be anyone from volunteers, to those who are self-employed, students who want start networking, individuals looking to change career, or people already in part/full-time employment within the sector. All are welcome! We have been up and running for just over a month, and in that time 39 members have joined, as well as 52 people following us on Twitter since I started the page just under two weeks ago.

 

The network was primarily started for people in the early stages of their museum career journey, but we welcome individuals with more experience to get involved as the central goal of the network is to discuss ideas, share opportunities, exchange knowledge, and most importantly to offer support. We will be holding monthly Network Natter events as a chance for people to meet and grow their connections in the area, and to have a good chat about all things museum and heritage. The first Network Natter will be held on Tuesday 10th July from 7pm at Norwich Playhouse Bar.

 

In this highly competitive sector I think it is so important that emerging museum professionals are supported in what they do, and that is exactly why I created the network. I hope this gives you a good idea of what EEEMP is all about, but if you have any questions then it would be great to have a chat. My email address is abiline@hotmail.co.uk

 

You can join the network on Facebook here.

Museums Association Conference: Bursaries for First-Time Attendees

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**STOP PRESS** – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY 7TH JULY

 

I am able to offer two bursaries for first-time attendees to this November’s Museums Association Conference. The three-day annual MA Conference is the biggest gathering of museum staff and volunteers in the country and is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the work other organisations are doing, discuss issues affecting the sector and meet colleagues from around the country (and the world!).

Alongside the Conference is a “Marketplace” where you can meet suppliers of museum services and equipment. There are also usually fringe events such as tweet-ups, networking dinners and “unconference” break-out sessions.

Each bursary is targeted at a different area of the workforce:

  • Established professional

Those who have been in paid employment in the sector for more than 7 years (i.e. who began work before November 2010). This could be full-time or part-time paid work and doesn’t include paid traineeships. They should have been working at their current museum for at least six months by the date of their application.

  • Museum volunteer

Those who have regularly volunteered at an Essex museum for at least six months by the date of their application. This can be within any role in the museum.

The full eligibility details are outlined within the guidance document, but you do have to work or volunteer at an Accredited (or Working Towards Accreditation) Essex Museum.

You may find it useful to read the Top 10 Tips for Attendees and a summary of the 2015 Conference.

Please read the guidance notes before applying. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 7th July. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Click to download the application guidance

Click to download the application form