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Announcing the ResearcherCurator Public Engagement Initiative Award 2011

May 12, 2011

We are pleased to announce that applications may now be submitted to the inaugural ResearcherCurator Public Engagement Initiative Award, which will  support new cross-institutional public engagement initiatives from participants in the ResearcherCurator programme.

The award provides pump-prime funding for researchers’ operational costs for a new public engagement project in partnership with a creative industry partner. A total of £2,000 is available and bids may be submitted up to this value. The funding is for projects starting from September 1st 2011 and finishing no later than June 30th 2012. Applicants must be participants in the current ResearcherCurator programme, and applications must involve at least two researchers. Priority will be given to:

  • applications from multi-disciplinary teams
  • partnerships involving at least two universities and an external organisation
  • applicants who have attracted match funding from their home institutions or other funding sources.

The closing date for award applications is Wednesday 13th July at 12 noon. 

Full details of the awards, as well as information about eligibility and how to apply can be downloaded here or via the link in the right-hand bar of this page.

“Evaluating Exhibitions” Powerpoint

January 24, 2011

Graham Black has kindly passed on a copy of the presentation about evaluation methods which he gave on Friday. You should be able to access it either under the “links” section to the right of this page, or simply by clicking here.

A Message From Bev!

December 17, 2010

Forgive the long post but here, as promised, is Bev Baker’s summary of the presentation she gave at the second training session. I hope it will be helpful to you all (and especially those of you who weren’t able to attend Bev’s presentation) in clarifying the ResearcherCurator project.


“At the last session I gave a brief introduction about myself, the Museum and how we propose to take the project forward.  These notes are just a summary of what was said.”

Bev Baker – Senior Curator & Archivist

“I started working at the Galleries of Justice Museum in 1999 as the Librarian & Archivist just 3 months after graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Information and Library Studies.  I am currently undertaking a PhD at Nottingham Trent University researching the history of the School of Discipline 1825 to 1879.  This school was established in 1825 by the famous penal reformer Elizabeth Fry.  The school was the first of its kind to educate, train and reform female juvenile delinquents and offenders.  When I first started working at the museum I was solely responsible for the management of the library and archive collection, working with the Curator and Education Officer to develop exhibitions and education programmes utilising the collections.  Over the years my role has developed and since 2006 I have been the Senior Curator & Archivist.  I am now responsible for the care and management of the entire museum’s collections, development of exhibitions and events, as well as development and delivery of educational activities primarily around the use of archival material.  I work closely with the General Manager and Learning and Access Manager to develop exhibitions and education programmes in order to ensure these programmes meet the needs of our audiences.  I am also one of the teaching staff for a new course developed with Nottingham Trent University: ‘Professional Certificate in Heritage Tourism Practice’.  I am a committee member of the Nottinghamshire Museum Forum, and Nottinghamshire Ancestral Tourism Network, and Chair of the Crime and Punishment Collections Network.”


The Galleries of Justice Museum

“The Museum of Law Trust Company opened the Galleries of Justice to the public, in April 1995, incorporating the 18th and 19th Century county gaol and two Victorian court rooms in all their original splendour, and in regular use until the closure of the court in 1986.  But this was only the beginning of the phased development of the attraction.

The museum houses many interesting and unique artefacts including; forensic evidence from the great train robbery, material on some of the most famous trials in English history prosecuted by Marshall Hall, as well as the best collection of police memorabilia in the world.  Other interesting additions to the collection are rare letters from a renowned 19th Century murderer, ‘the man they couldn’t hang’ and papers and documents from the Nuremberg Trials.  The Rainer Archive is a nationally important collection, which dates from the 1825 to 1997 and is described as the foundation of the modern day probation service.  In 2005 the museum took responsibility for the HM Prison service Museum collection, when it closed in February 2005.

Only a year after opening the Galleries won the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize awarded for outstanding achievement, and again in 2003 for its innovative education work in crime prevention.

In its short life, the Galleries of Justice, the only museum of law, crime and punishment in the country, has developed a national reputation, not only for its collections, but also for the atmospheric and interactive experience of 3 Centuries of crime and punishment, along with its extensive Educational and community work, which is now being piloted in London at the Royal Courts of Justice and Supreme Courts.”


The Project

“I know that there has been some concern with regards the process of developing the project.  As part of the Professional Certificate in Heritage Tourism Practice course at with Nottingham Trent University the students have been given a group project to develop a new exhibition.  In order to achieve this project we used Belbin’s Team Role Questionnaire in order to assign individuals to different groups.  This has proved to be successful and therefore a method that will be used for this project.  The plan is to have two main teams:

Team A to develop the event/activity for school groups

Team B to develop the event/activity for trainee teachers

There will be smaller sub groups within these teams who will be responsible for different aspects of the two events/activities, such as pre/post event/activity evaluation, development of activity, delivery of activity, marketing/promotion.

The fourth day of training will be delivered by me and Pollie Shorthouse our Learning & Access Manager.

I hope this provides some clarity and reassurance.”



Useful Links

December 3, 2010

Just on the back of what we discussed today, I’m posting some of the useful links, so that people can access the resources regarding the Key Stage and National Curriculum stuff easily! – Primary Curriculum – Every Child Matters – Learning Outside the Classroom


Having trouble accessing the QCA standards site at the moment. I’ll try again later, and we’ll see if I can get to it!

Notes from the Second Training Day

December 3, 2010

I hope you all enjoyed the second training day today. We appreciate there was a lot of information for you to take in today, so Graham has very kindly allowed us to have a copy of his presentation for you to refer back to if you’d like to. You should be able to access that by clicking here. If you have any problems with it please let me know.

Bev is also intending to upload a brief summary of her presentation, which I’m sure will be of particular interest to those of you whose arrival this morning was delayed by public transport problems. Watch this space for that update!

Claiming Travel Expenses

December 1, 2010

Hi guys, I hope you’re all staying warm in this FREEZING weather and are looking forward to the next training session on Friday. Just a quick reminder that to claim back your travel expenses you should print and complete the Expenses Claim Form and bring that, along with any relevant travel tickets or receipts, with you on Friday.

If you have any questions about the expenses form just leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Since the First Training Session…

November 17, 2010

Since the first training session on Friday Rebekah has been in touch with both Bev Baker (Senior Curator & Archivist at Galleries of Justice) and Graham Black (co-author of the ResearcherCurator project bid, Reader in Public History & Heritage Management at Nottingham Trent University and the main speaker at the next 2 training days). She can confirm that they will both definitely be available to take questions at the beginning of the next training day, where they will explain the brief in more detail and discuss with you how the group will be divided up to work most effectively. They both acknowledge that the uncertainty around the detail of the project brief and the large group involved in the project must be unsettling for all the participants, who are naturally eager to do a good job. They are confident that a Q&A on the brief on 3rd December is the best way to progress.


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