Management of the Museum of Archaeology


December 10th, 2019

On Wednesday 1 January 2020, management of the University’s Museum of Archaeology will move from Lakeside Arts to Manuscripts and Special Collections within University of Nottingham Libraries.

The change to the operation of the Museum followed a recent Review of the Museum by Dame Janet Vitmayer and Vivienne Bennett OBE and supported by an Arts Council England Project Grant. The resulting report advised that the move to Manuscripts and Special Collections would provide a variety of benefits including collaborative working on collections, exhibitions and programming.

Speaking about the development, Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections said that he “looks forward to a continuation of the close working relationship between Manuscripts, the Museum and Lakeside Arts”.

The Museum will stay in its current location on University Park campus and there will be no impact to visitors. Museum opening times will continue as Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 12noon – 4pm.

The University of Nottingham Museum of archaeology reopened its doors nearly 12 years ago and has become an award winning Museum with strong regional, national and international partnerships.

The Museum undertakes an extensive programme with university students from a wide range of departments, offers a broad Learning and Public Programme with current research, Knowledge Exchange and consultation at its core, and has become a new regional venue for national touring exhibitions.

The Museum’s community programmes include the successful lunchtime lecture Archaeology NOW, with up to 200 members of the public attending, and the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival which is now in its 7th year. This brings together community groups, museums, heritage sites, university departments, and experimental archaeologists with 40-50 groups and organisations participating every year.

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