IATM Conference, 9-17 June 2007, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Transport and Communication Museums in a Changing Environment
Second and Final Call for Papers Transport museums face ever-increasing challenges as they try both to meet visitors’ rising expectations and to maintain the integrity and vitality of their collections in an environment of declining funding from traditional sources. Yet the continued popularity and international recognition of some museums in the sector show that innovative thinking and high levels of professionalism can produce success. By bringing together museum directors, trustees, professionals and practitioners, academics and others concerned with the theory and practice of museums and related heritage sites, the IATM conference provides unparalleled opportunities to shape today’s museum agenda, and to share best practice in the task of equipping the sector for the challenges ahead.
Proposals are therefore invited for papers addressing the theory and/or practice of one or more of the following topics:
The role of volunteers Operating in a political environment The sustainability of museums over the longer term Generating income Partnerships between museums and with related bodies
Other suggestions that address the general theme of the conference will also be considered. In making its selection, the Programme Group will aim to maximize discussion and debate. Individual papers will therefore be limited to 20 minutes each. Submissions for complete panels of up to three presenters/discussants and a chairperson are strongly encouraged; no commentator is required. Organizers of such panels will be free to arrange the allocated time (usually 90 minutes) as they see fit, and are welcome to depart from the conventional arrangements of speakers if this will help to promote debate.
Every proposal for an individual paper must include a short (200-300 word) abstract, a brief (no more than one side of A4) of the author(s), and an email address for subsequent correspondence. Proposals for panels must also include a brief (up to 300 words) explanation of the theme and structure of the session. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged; attached files should be in rtf or MS Word. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 June 2006; the Programme Committee hope to make its decisions by the end of July. All participants will be required to register by Monday 9 April 2007 in order to secure their place on the programme.
The conference will be based in the highly attractive historic city of York located in northern England some 190 miles (300km) north of London. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit a number of transport and communication museums elsewhere in the region; several of the business sessions will be held in these places. York is easily accessible by train from London and other major locations in the UK, including the international port of Hull and airports at Newcastle, Manchester, Stansted and London (Heathrow and Gatwick). The airports at Leeds/Bradford, Doncaster and East Midlands (Nottingham/ Derby) are also served by public transport.
Submissions should be sent by Friday 27 October 2006 to: Martyn Halman, IATM Conference Facilitator, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ, United Kingdom.
Andrew Scott (Chair) (National Railway Museum, UK); Prof. Colin Divall (University of York, UK); Birgitta Wistoft (Post and Telecommunications Museum, Denmark).