Collections Manager at Haslemere Museum, Lindsay Moreton, was honoured with an opportunity to present at the this year’s Museums Association conference, which was held in Glasgow earlier this month.
The event is the largest of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals, where over 1,500 sector staff come together to discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.
Lindsay delivered a Museums Practice Workshop to a full audience with the aim of encouraging staff from smaller museums to explore working internationally.
Haslemere Museum was awarded an international travel grant earlier this year – which provided a unique opportunity for Lindsay to travel to Sweden and undertake international research. The grant was part of a scheme set up by ICOM UK and its partners in The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.
The purpose of Lindsay’s trip was to create more awareness of the European Peasant Arts Collection at the Museum in one of its countries of origin as well as research where the objects may have come from. The visit also enabled Lindsay to forge new cultural links with curators in Sweden, and to research similar objects in their collections and how they are interpreted.
Lindsay was selected from 12 museum representatives who received the grant because her report following her research trip clearly demonstrated the research benefits that can be gained from a small travel grant.
Lindsay said: “I was absolutely delighted to have been chosen to speak at the conference. It was a wonderful opportunity to promote Haslemere Museum at this leading sector conference and network with other delegates.”