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Open to staff and students at the University of Reading only

The Heritage and Creativity Institute for Collections will host the inaugural meeting of the Collections Research Network (CRN) on Friday 27 April 2018, 1pm-2pm . Guest speaker Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, will be in conversation with Dr. Paddy Bullard, academic lead for the CRN.

Steph will be discussing the future of historic archives and collections in the modern research-intensive university, and reflect on what the Enlightenment vision of an ‘encyclopaedic’ museum might mean in the twenty-first century.

If you’d like to attend this event, click here to sign up – please note this is an internal event.

The Collections Research Network is a community of practice for collections-based research at the University of Reading, promoting professional collaboration across services, disciplines and schools. It will establish a series of exciting events to raise the profile of archives and collections at the University.

To find out more about the CRN, click here to read their blog.

Steph Scholten joined The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, in 2017, and was previously Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam. Steph is an experienced museum director and academic, with over 25 years experience in the cultural sector. He is an art historian by background, with an international reputation and extensive knowledge of museum collections. In The Netherlands, he worked for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, for the National Institute for Conservation, at the National Museum of Antiquities and was in charge of the extensive and important collections and museums of the University of Amsterdam.

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By Dr Paddy Bullard, Co-director of the Centre for Collections-Based Research at Reading

The University of Reading’s Collections are an outstanding resource, from the Beckett Collection through to the Museum of English Rural Life. Research using Collections is taking place right across the Institution, and has been for a number of years.

Examples include investigations into the Hugh Sinclair Archive by Food and Nutritional Sciences, Architecture’s use of the DWG Collection and use of the WH Smith Archive by the Henley Business School. However, given the breadth and quality of this resource we could be making much greater use of the Collections for grant-winning research.

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