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Hi Susan, and everyone,

Thank you for your kind words about the programme for the spring meeting in Bath. Yes - we are very pleased with the line-up and the focus of the day and are very grateful to all the institutions and individuals who have given up their time to make the day (and, indeed, make all of these MCG meetings) possible. 

We are, as you all know, a volunteer group, and everyone fits in this activity around their busy professional lives. It never fails to amaze me how much energy and enthusiasm members, our host organisations and our committee have in making these days a reality.

I agree that, this time, it was a shame that we could not advertise the day sooner. We do try our very best to get these things in people's diaries as soon as the events are confirmed. However, sometimes it can be a little later before we can be absolutely certain about availability and have a day's worth of speakers in place.

Anyway, I'm very pleased to say bookings have been racing in and that places have filled up quickly for this Bath meeting. **But there are still some left.** So, it is not too late to register at:
http://www.museumscomputergroup.org.uk/meetings/1-2009.shtml

With this matter of 'prior warning' and notice in mind: more details to follow very soon on UK Museums on the Web (UKMW09) our annual MCG web conference, that will take place at the University of Leicester on **Friday 26th June**. A date for all of your diaries!

Best wishes for now,

Ross Parry
MCG Chair.

-----Original Message-----
From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Buhr
Sent: 13 May 2009 18:07
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Subject: Re: MCG Spring Meeting - 19 May - Bath - Register Now

This looks like such a fantastic programme that I wish the date had been 
announced sooner- my respectful apologies if it was and I just missed it, 
but 10 days is just not enough notice to rearrange my work schedule for, 
unfortunately.

I hope everyone that attends has a great time and I'll look forward to all 
the reports back!

Susan Buhr
Curatorial Assistant
Hampstead Museum


----- Original Message ----- 
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Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 2:44 PM
Subject: MCG Spring Meeting - 19 May - Bath - Register Now


*** MCG Spring Meeting ***
19 May 2009
Roman Baths and Pump Room, Bath
http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/

Register now at:
http://www.museumscomputergroup.org.uk/meetings/1-2009.shtml

Taking the cultural heritage of the city of Bath as its centre point, our 
spring meeting will this year explore the challenges of using digital media 
within iconic historic sites and subjects.

Led by the city's heritage team, but with contributions from the National 
Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the 
University of Bath we will look at the ways digital media is being used 
within historic buildings, in managing historic collections and in 
communicating this history online.

And, as ever for our meetings, the day will offer a number of 'databursts' 
for members to update each other through 5-minute 'mini presentations'.

The main sessions of the day will take place in Aix en Provence Room at the 
Guildhall
http://www.bathvenues.co.uk/guildhall.aspx)
and will conclude with a tour and walking discussion with staff around the 
Roman Baths, Museum and Pump Room.


PROGRAMME

10.00-10.30
Registration and coffee

10.30-10.45
Ross Parry (MCG Chair)
Stephen Clews (Manager of the Roman Baths & Pump Room and Heritage Services 
Public Services Team Leader)
A welcome and introduction to Bath's digital heritage offer.

10.45-11.30
Susan Fox (Collections Manager) and Helen Daniels (Collections Assistant, 
Victoria Art Gallery) Roman Baths, Museum and Pump Room Heritage Services.
The collections team will share their approaches to placing collections 
online, as well as using a range of interpretive media (projections, CGIs, 
audio guides, touchscreens) within city's museum and heritage sites.

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-1.00
Helen Harmon (Collections Assistant, Roman Baths Museum & Pump Room) and 
Katie Smith (Visitor Services Manager, Heritage Services, Bath & North East 
Somerset Council) and Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus, UKOLN)
The discussion will then frankly and constructively focus upon some of the 
challenges and obstacles (practical, technical, political) that confront the 
Heritage Services team as they continue with their roll-out of digital 
content and provision. Then, by way of a practical and supportive response 
to all of the morning's presentations, UKOLN (the Bath-based research 
organisation that informs practice in the area of information systems and 
web technologies) will then reflect upon the challenges described, and offer 
a way of thinking about a 'risks and opportunities framework' for Bath and 
for digital heritage more generally.

1.00-1.45 Buffet lunch (Brunswick Room, Guildhall) 
http://www.bathvenues.co.uk/guildhall/brunswick_room.aspx

1.45-2.45
Databursts

2.50-4.00
Michaela Rogers (Web Marketing and Development and Manager) and Tim Powell 
(Press Officer - New Audiences) Historic Royal Palaces
The HRP will share the detail and aims of their new Web 2.0 strategy, and 
explain the role that online media play in the positioning and public 
provision of their iconic historic sites.

John Benfield, Head of New Media, Royal Shakespeare Company.
Turning to another historical icon, this presentation will provide an 
insight into how the RSC is using (and planning to us) digital media to 
interpret, communicate and disseminate the heritage of Shakespeare and 
Stratford-upon-Avon.

Felicity Baber and Simon Harris (National Trust)
The National Trust has always had inventories for the chattels or 
collections held at its properties. In recent years the Collections 
Management Project has been happening all over the country, to capture 
electronic records and digital images of every item in the care of the 
National Trust, working across staffed and tenanted properties. The project 
is required to provide the means to determine the scope of the Collection 
owned by the National Trust as a whole, and thereby manage and protect our 
collection more effectively. This presentation will examine the challenges 
involved with photographing and cataloguing collections in room settings, 
sometimes in properties where people actually live in the rooms.

4.00-4.15 Tea

4.15-5.00
Brief tour and walking discussion around the Baths and Pump Rooms led by 
Roman Baths, Museum and Pump Room staff.

5.00 End of meeting

Register now at:
http://www.museumscomputergroup.org.uk/meetings/1-2009.shtml


Dr. Ross Parry
Senior Lecturer  / Programme Director - Digital Heritage
Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
105 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7LG, UK
t: 0116 252 3963   e: [log in to unmask]
w: http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/contactus/rossparry.html

New Masters programme (by distance learning) in 'Digital Heritage'
http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/study/digitalheritage.html
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