January 11, 2016, by Jason Feehily

A meeting place for museums professionals

After over a year of development work, a team of colleagues from the University of Nottingham (both UK and China Campus) and the V&A delivered two successful masterclasses to over 60 museums and gallery professionals from across China (and from as far afield as Inner Mongolia) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus.  The masterclasses (one on ‘storytelling’ and the other on ‘managing your museums in a global context’) were well-received – with requests for more, and more often.  With that in mind, our cross-campus Knowledge Exchange  team is already in the process of organising a Summer season of training, which will showcase more of our academic talent (in digital engagement; audience engagement; writing and translation in the museum) and which will draw on an international network of museums, gallery and heritage personnel and organisations as co-delivery partners.


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Delegates on the training get hands on with a curating task under the expert eye of art historian Dr Gabriele Neher, Freelance writer and curator Rebecca Catching, and Museums and Exhibitions Design specialist Dr Wang Qi.

The University has a team of dedicated development professionals situated in the UK and China offering 24 hour support for knowledge exchange projects across the Arts and Sciences.  They have been able to build strong regional networks within the sector.  This has allowed us to identify specific capacity development needs and then to design our training to meet these needs.

Ningbo is a city of museums, and host to some of the most striking new builds to emerge out of China’s rapid expansion of its museums and gallery sector.


Ningbo Museum


Ningbo Art Museum


China Port Museum (Image: Gabriele Neher)

The training we delivered represents the start of longer-term, more engaged relationships with these partners, which will be supported and delivered partly through a new International Creative Talent Training Base, which will open on the Ningbo Campus in 2016. Watch this space…

University academic staff delivering on this programme are members of an innovative new network of academics and professionals set up in July 2014, called the China Cultural Visiting hub (www.chinaculturalvisitinghub.ac.uk ).  This group will deliver more training and projects this year, working with partners such as the national Natural History Museums Association of China, and the Wuhan Underwater Archaeology Centre in Hubei. They will also be working to deliver on their first cross-cultural programming event in partnership with the Paleonzoological Museum of China.

Sarah Kerr

Co-Director, China Cultural Visiting Hub

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