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Working Internationally Regional Project

The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) is funded by ACE’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund and led by ICOM-UK in partnership with National Museum Directors’ Council, AIM, the British Council and Heritage Without Borders.

The WIRP runs from June 2014 until April 2015 with workshops taking place between September 2014 and January 2015.  The East workshop will be held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 25 November 2014.

The purpose of the Working Internationally Regional Project is to:

  • Develop a clearer picture of regional and local English museums’ involvement in international work and what challenges they face in doing so;
  • Consider how these challenges can be addressed through sharing good practice, providing information and developing partnerships;
  • Develop and deliver five workshops (one in each ACE region) to practically address the needs of museums who are ready to work internationally;
  • Scope a mentoring scheme for smaller museums with ambitions to work internationally;
  • Create a resources section on the ICOM-UK website based on the outcomes of the workshops and research.

The co-ordinator of the project, Dana Andrew, is researching the amount and type of international work taking place in regional and local museums, galleries and heritage sites across England, and gauging the level of interest and ambition for international work.  For the purpose of the project, international work is defined in the broadest sense, including but not limited to: work taking place in England with international partners or funding; exchange of skills and expertise; collections based projects taking place overseas etc.  Dana is keen to find examples of ideas and ambitions for working internationally, where work has yet to take place for any reason.

Dana is also running a survey until mid-August and would welcome participation in this.  WIRP are offering one free place and travel bursary for each workshop as an incentive for completing the survey before 8 August.  You can find supporting text on the ICOM-UK website.

If you have any feedback, comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dana.