Contemporary Collecting in Partnership: a reality matrix<br />Siân Wynn-Jones, Heritage Collections Manager, BT<br />
Connected Earth<br />Founded in 2001<br />Dispersed collection<br />Virtual experience <br />CECG - industry and heritage ...
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre<br />Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings (Warwickshire)<br />BT Archives <br />Goon...
Amberley<br />Avoncroft<br />NMS<br />MoSI<br />
The Collection<br />
Contemporary collecting<br />Communications technology change so fast <br />Communications merging with computing<br />10 ...
Timeline approach<br />Internet<br />1980s<br />JANET<br />Downloads via Ceefax<br />TAT-8<br />ETACs<br />Size reductions...
The Matrix<br />
Objects<br />
Summary of learning points<br />Wide net of contacts<br />but target areas of knowledge<br />Stick to themes <br />think g...
Contemporary Collecting Matrix Collaboration<br />Please get in touch with <br />any comments <br />potential applications...
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A presentation by Siân Wynn-Jones, Heritage Collections Manager at BT Archives, given at the Connecting Collections event, 5 March 2010, BT Centre, London.

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  • Connected Earth BT heritage, CR activityOriginally the BT collections were stored and displayed in the Technology Showcase galleries at Baynard House, London Between 2001 and 2003 BT took the innovative step of closing the corporate museum and transferring the collection of historic artefacts to a group of 11 partner museum and numerous other affiliated organisationsThe 11 partners were chosen according to location and the type of museum
  • Brokering the conversationBut how to find a common languageLuckily CECG were determined to crack it
  • But overwhelming and doesn’t see context – so themes
  • Got a lot of stories
  • Connecting Collections, March 2010. Siân Wynn-Jones, Contemporary Collecting in Partnership: a reality matrix

    1. 1. Contemporary Collecting in Partnership: a reality matrix<br />Siân Wynn-Jones, Heritage Collections Manager, BT<br />
    2. 2. Connected Earth<br />Founded in 2001<br />Dispersed collection<br />Virtual experience <br />CECG - industry and heritage specialists<br />Network of 11 partners<br />Cross connexions conference<br />Galleries<br />Curatorial tools and support<br />
    3. 3. Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre<br />Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings (Warwickshire)<br />BT Archives <br />Goonhilly Visitors’ Centre<br />Institute of Telecommunication Professionals<br />Milton Keynes Museum<br />Museum of London (Capital City gallery opens May 2010)<br />Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)<br />National Museum of Scotland<br />Porthcurno Telegraph Museum<br />Science Museum (London)<br />www.connected-earth.com<br />Connected Earth Partners<br />
    4. 4. Amberley<br />Avoncroft<br />NMS<br />MoSI<br />
    5. 5. The Collection<br />
    6. 6. Contemporary collecting<br />Communications technology change so fast <br />Communications merging with computing<br />10 heritage repositories<br />10 different acquisition policies<br />duty of care<br />which type of objects tell the story<br />longer term view<br />CECG <br />BT’s Heritage Policy & commitments<br />specialist knowledge of communications industry (TLAs)<br />more immediate view<br />
    7. 7. Timeline approach<br />Internet<br />1980s<br />JANET<br />Downloads via Ceefax<br />TAT-8<br />ETACs<br />Size reductions<br />First consumer Internet connection<br />DTTV discussions<br />FLAG/Global crossing<br />WAP mobiles<br />Digital GSM and CDMA to 3G<br />Digital divide<br />VOIP<br />1990s<br />2000s<br />
    8. 8. The Matrix<br />
    9. 9. Objects<br />
    10. 10. Summary of learning points<br />Wide net of contacts<br />but target areas of knowledge<br />Stick to themes <br />think grid<br />Facts stories objects<br />Use for planning and progress<br />Network <br /> if you don’t ask, you can’t get<br />
    11. 11. Contemporary Collecting Matrix Collaboration<br />Please get in touch with <br />any comments <br />potential applications <br />requests for a copy (Excel)<br /><ul><li>Siân Wynn-Jones
    12. 12. Heritage Collections Manager
    13. 13. BT Group plc
    14. 14. sian.wynn-jones@bt.com</li></li></ul><li>

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