Sunday, June 25, 2017

CFP: Sport in Museums Network Conference 2017 (28-29 November 2017) National Science and Media Museum, Bradford (UK)

Sports in Museums Network Conference
Bradford, United Kingdom - November 28 & 29, 2017
Theme: Sporting Heritage, Photography and TV

We’re excited to announce that our next annual conference will take place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Due to previous feedback this year’s conference will take place over a two day period Tuesday 28th November and Wednesday 29th November. The focus will be on both practice and theory and the event will draw together practitioners, volunteers, and academics active and interested in the field of the Sporting Past, Photography and TV. It will aim to:
  • Explore how sporting heritage is exhibited, interpreted, and collected in relationship to photography and broadcast TV
  • Provide practical skills and knowledge for the conservation and access of these collections
  • Extend the network of sporting heritage activity regionally and nationally
  • Understand how sport, photography and tv inter-relates
  • Understand where these collections are held and how better to provide access
  • Understand the importance of these collections to different audiences
  • Explore and discuss how these collections can be better utilised, protected, and developed in the future
The call for papers is now open. Responses on the subject matter can be delivered by the following methods:
  • 30 minutes Key Note presentation
  • 20 minute case study presentation
  • 30 minute workshop
  • 30 minute interactive round table discussion
  • 30 minute debate
This call for papers aims to find a mix of contributors from across a range of different organisations. We would like to hear presentations from those working in the field, based at sports clubs or within photography and TV sectors, as well as academic based papers. In addition, we would like to offer hands-on opportunities for delegates to learn more about the subject matter and how to better engage with it in the future. We welcome a range of contributions and encourage potential contributors to respond to this call!
Proposals should be submitted to by 5pm on the 14th July 2017 and include the following information:
  • Presentation / paper title
  • Name and job title
  • Organisation
  • Contact email and phone number
  • Additional presenters information:
  • Type and length of presentation (eg. case study, debate, discussion, workshop)
  • Abstract information (no more than 200 words)
  • Additional information (no more than 50 words, for example partners)
  • Equipment needs and set up information (room layout etc)
  • Additional needs or support needed
Further information or to discuss the event, please email Justine Reilly at
Booking will begin in July to coincide with the launch of our membership programme – members will be able to receive specially discounted rates! Keep a look out on this website, through our social media fields, and through our e-newsletter for further information.
The event will be relevant for anyone interested in this field of work including:
  • Museum and Archive Managers
  • Curators
  • Education and access specialists
  • Heritage sector volunteers
  • Sports sector professionals and volunteers
  • Academics
  • Policy makers
  • Funding bodies
There will also be an opportunity to learn about the current research consortia being delivered by the Sport in Museums Network in partnership with the National Football Museum.