University of Leicester eBulletin

Spring into New Media

February 2003
No 57

The renowned University of Leicester Department of Museum Studies will once again be running its three-day course promoting innovation and change in UK museums.

The Leicester Spring School in New Media, a collaborative venture aimed at capacity building within the country’s museums and galleries, will take place from Tuesday, 29 April – Thursday, 1 May 2003.

Supported by mda, EMMLAC (East Midlands Museums Libraries and Archives Council) and the Museums Computer Group, the School provides an occasion to reflect on the impact and potential of digital media on the modern museum – a topical issue, since 'digital heritage' figures so prominently in funding opportunities and strategies throughout the sector.

Targeted at organisations wishing to develop their capacity in new media, the School offers practical workshops, seminar discussions and demonstrations, and  participants will have the chance to debate issues, share best practice, identify trends and opportunities, and build informed and effective strategies for working with new media in a museum context.

With contributions from both government and professional agencies, such as Resource, mda and SCRAN (the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network), as well as higher education and commercial sectors, sessions will include:

Among a host of positive comments from last year’s School, one participant said: “The opportunity afforded by the School to have three days away was valuable in itself. With excellent sessions I gained real benefit from the experience. I have been able to take back to colleagues a greater sense of new media and more confidence to work with it in the future.”

Value for money and accessibility are prime considerations in organising this School, through the combination of an affordable cost, bursaries, and carefully compiled study materials sponsored by mwr ltd that enable participants to pass on their training and knowledge to others.

The fee is £150, including study materials, refreshments and selected meals. In addition accommodation packages of £240 and £290 (inclusive of the registration fee) are available from two local hotels just three minutes’ walk from the University. Numbers are limited to eighteen to provide an environment that is conducive to active participation.

More information on the Leicester Spring School for New Media is available from Dr Ross Parry, email rdp5@le.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)116 252 3963, postal address:

Spring School in New Media , Department of Museum Studies , University of Leicester, 105 Princess Road East . Leicester LE1 7LG.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further details are available from Dr Ross Parry, University of Leicester Department of Museum Studies, email rdp5@le.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)116 252 3963.

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