‘Working Across Boundaries’ – Final National MUPI Match event

The final ‘MUPI Match’ – from a series of regional networking one-day events – will be 26 July at the Cinema Museum in London.

MUPI events bring together museum staff and academics, using a tried and tested methodology to stimulate new connections and new projects.

The event is open to postgraduate students, postdoctoral and established researchers from any discipline, and all Accredited, Provisionally Accredited, or Working Towards Accreditation museums across England.

There are many benefits to museums and universities working together, from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation, and from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions.

However, finding a partner and having the resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. This final MUPI match event brings people together to develop new partnerships. Each session involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop in collaboration.

This event focuses specifically on some of the most popular themes from other regional Matches that explore the idea of ‘Working Across Boundaries’ in different ways:

  • Using new technologies in cultural heritage settings e.g. mapping, 3D modelling, big data, innovative ways to animate and rethink collections
  • Engaging new audiences – from student placements to non-traditional specialist audiences
  • Migration, politics, activism


MUPI Match events provide an opportunity for teams formed at the event to bid for funding (of between £500-£1500) from the MUPI Match fund. A pot of £6000 is available for this event. This ‘thinking funding’ will enable people to do desk research; have conversations; travel and attend site visits/meetings; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.

How to get involved

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum, or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums, then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! The event is focuses on bringing together museums and academics from across England; it is free to participate in, and is interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired.

One researcher said of a previous MUPI Match event: “[My highlight was] meeting such a diverse range of professionals; learning about what museums are doing and what they want/need to do.”

A Museum Professional has said: “[I liked] meeting potential contributors and growing in confidence to share our museum’s vision and project.”

Registration is available here

The Cinema Museum, London
26 July 2017, 11am-4.30pm

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

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