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Minutes - Steyr Conference 2014

Worklab General Assembly

Museum Arbeitswelt, Steyr, Austria

5th September 2014 

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Minutes

 

1. Minutes from the latest meeting

The minutes from the last meeting, 12 July 2013 at Ironbridge, UK, are available to all Worklab members on the website: www.worklab.info

 

2. Matters Arising

No additional matters were raised

 

3. Worklab: past, present and future

Kalle Kallio, Chair, gave a short presentation about Worklab

  • Worklab was founded 17 years ago in 1997 and now has 40 members across 4 continents. The main activities of Worklab are to facilitate meetings, conferences and projects.
  • Some of the previous projects that Worklab has been involved with include: Migration, Work and Identity (2000-2004), A Taste of Europe (2009-2011) and Work with Sounds (2013-2015)
  • Conferences have included Tampere in 2010 (a joint conference with TICCIH and ICOHTEC) and meetings in the UK in 2012 and 2013
  • Publications made by Worklab include the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol 19, Issue 5, 2013
  • Worklab has no membership fees or accounting practices and more information can be found on the website www.worklab.info and on Worklab’s facebook page

 

For Kalle, Worklab is:

  • A network for like-minded museums
  • A tool for developing EU projects
  • Friends and colleagues in other countries
  • Useful when presenting international work
  • Interesting conferences and excursions
  • A forum for sharing ideas
  • Common publications
  • Learning from other museums
  • Something of our own

 

Some strategic points about Worklab that Kalle outlined are:

  • It is good when generating projects
  • It is important to change ideas with like-minded organisations
  • It is small and informal, and sometimes ineffective
  • It’s not very scientific
  • The network should not be restricted to the top levels of organisations
  • It needs active members to succeed

 

4. Next conferences

The next conference in 2015 will be the final conference of the project, Work with Sounds, in Dortmund between 19 and 21 August 2015. At this conference there will be a launch of the Work with Sounds website and the opportunity to share the project with a wider audience. There will be a call for papers to complete the programme which will be shared by email with Worklab members.

 

In 2016 it is proposed to combine a Worklab meeting / conference with the ICOM General Conference which will be in Milan that year. The overall theme of the ICOM Conference is ‘landscapes’ and Worklab could encourage papers under the sub themes of social or industrial landscapes.

 

5. Future plans

It has been proposed to create an online publication from this conference and all speakers will be asked to submit their papers if they would like to be included. Kalle will be in touch with all speakers with more details.

 

Worklab will continue to develop ideas for conferences, projects, the website and facebook and this work will be led by the Board

 

6. Future projects

Kalle asked everyone present to share their ideas for projects with the rest of the group. Some organisations were unable to commit to leading European projects due to other commitments including major redevelopment of museums and exhibition spaces. There were a number of project ideas that were discussed by the group:

 

Project to explore the stories of working migrants from the former Yugoslavia

Niklas from the Museum of Work in Norrkoping introduced this project idea and his museum would be interested in hosting this project after Work with Sounds has been completed.

The project idea has come from a contact in Belgrade and would involve countries who had a bi-lateral agreement with Yugoslavia. The project would focus on telling the personal stories of migrants although the project outputs (eg. Exhibition / website / online resource etc) have not yet been agreed.

A number of other museums at the meeting were interested in this project and people can contact Niklas to discuss the project further.

 

Project looking at working migration from Belgium to the UK during the First World War

Geert from AMSAB is planning a project exploring cross-cultural encounters between Belgium and the UK during and after the War. People’s History Museum has agreed to be a UK partner. The project will include crowd-sourcing events to collect material from people and an exhibition in 2017. The project will link to contemporary issues and examples of migration at times of war.

 

Project about ‘job circus’ and industrial education

Niklas also discussed an idea for a project building on a previous project at the Museum of Work in Norrkoping on the issue of young people not wanting to take part in industrial education. Niklas felt that this would be of interest to governments, unions and employers who are all wanting to attract young people into industry. This project could have a European dimension across a number of countries and some other museums were interested and could discuss this further with Niklas.

 

Human Machine Project

Sofia talked about the Human Machine project which has funding and is due to begin with 5 countries involved. The project will explore what is human and what is machine at a time when it is possible to almost replace every part of the human body. The project will involve workshops with artists, researchers, young people and media producers and will create digital artwork, a website and an exhibition in all venues

 

Other themes

Other themes for projects were discussed, but would need a museum to take the lead in developing the project with partners and securing funding. Themes included:

Unemployment

Poverty

Work / Life

Welfare state

Votes for women

Diversity

Radical / Mass protest

 

Kalle encouraged everyone to think about these project ideas, share contact details and talk to each other about potential projects.

 

 7. Future funding bids

Creative Europe funding

The next deadline for funding is 1 October 2014 and there will be another round in 2015.

Geert mentioned that there was another network which has a sub-committee who monitor funding opportunities between annual meetings. Kalle receives this information and can share with Worklab members where appropriate.

 

8. Elections

It was agreed that these Board members would continue in their position:

  • Katy Archer, secretary (People’s History Museum, UK)
  • Kalle Kallio, chairman (The Finnish Labour Museum, Finland)
  • Dagmar Kift (LWL-Industriemuseum, Germany)
  • Irena Marusic (Technical Museum, Slovenia)

 

The following Board members have agreed to step down:

  • Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg
  • Sofia Seifarth
  • Udo Wiesinger

 

They will be replaced by:

  • Søren Bak-Jensen (Workers’ Museum, Denmark)
  • Torsten Nilsson (Museum of Work, Sweden)
  • Katrin Auer (Museum Arbeitswelt, Austria)

 

9. Any other questions

Geert shared information about a workshop taking place in Berlin in November to discuss the ILO centenary in 2019 – Geert will follow this up and share the details with Kalle.

 

Geert let everyone know that Europeana will continue and they will be looking for 5 new partners who want to share their digital collections on the network. Details will be circulated to Worklab members.

 

10. The General Assembly was closed.

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Worklab General Meeting 2014 - Check out the program and register now!

WORKLAB - International Association of Labour Museums - is organising a general conference in September 2014. Worklab Conference 2014 will be held by Museum Arbeitswelt in Steyr, Austria 3-7 September 2014. The Call for papers is closed and the program is now published.

The conference will include 19 top class presentations from 14 different museums in nine European countries. The keynote speaker is professor Andrea Komlosy from International University of Vienna. Presentations vary from future of labour museums to learning issues, changing economical environments, identities, feminism, sounds of work and much more. You can read the wonderful program online:
http://worklab2014.wordpress.com/about/congressprogramm/

Now it is the time to register for the conference, reserve the flights and your accomodation in Steyr! Conference will start in the Wednesday evening 3rd of September and close with sunny excursion day on Saturday 6th September. Please, start by registering on conference website. The conference fee is only 100 euros which includes scientific program, conference material, coffee breaks, guided tours and excursion! Excursion will take us into noteworthy history of iron industry in Steyr, show interesting aspects of workers housing and finally Erzberg – beautiful landscape where the iron ore for the region have been mined for centuries.

You can find all the information from the conference website or ask Udo Wiesinger for more information (udo.wiesinger(at)museum-steyr.at). Please follow the official conference website at:
http://worklab2014.wordpress.com/

Conference includes also the general assembly of WORKLAB on the Friday evening 5th September. General assembly is open for all WORKLAB members and we also welcome those who consider joining our network. This official meeting shall discuss about coming projects and programmes and elect the members of the board. If you are interested to take an active role in WORKLAB or want to make a suggestion for the assembly, please contact the chairman Kalle Kallio (kalle.kallio(at)tyovaenmuseo.fi).

Beside all this, WORKLAB conference will gather international labour museum community and plenty of museum professionals interested in social history. WORKLAB's last general conference was in 2010, so it is now an excellent opportunity to meet again. Steyr will be a great place to network, share new ideas and build long-lasting friendships. 

Minutes - Ironbridge Meeting 2013

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Worklab Members Meeting

12 July 2013 (3-5pm)

 

1. Kalle Kallio (Worklab Chair, Finnish Labour Museum) welcomed members to the meeting

 

2. Each member attending the meeting gave an update about their institution’s work and future plans

 

3. Worklab News

  • Labour and Landscape - Six articles based on the 2010 Tampere Conference are going to print soon and are already available online (International Journal of Heritage Studies 2013, Issue 5)
  • Sound of Work – the project is now due to begin (led by Museum of Work, Sweden)
  • Website – changes are to be implemented to the website and all members should try to be more active in using the website

 

4. Future Projects

  • ILO 2019 anniversary – Chairman to write to all members to ask if they want to take part and for their ideas
  • Dagmar Kift’s (LWL Industriemuseum, Germany) Writer Project – Dagmar to write a short brief for the project to find project partners (for touring exhibition)
  • Unemployment – Louise Karlsgov Skyggebjerg (Worker’s Museum, Denmark) is still interested in this theme in Denmark – Katy Archer (People’s History Museum, UK) to provide details of the UK project which potentially will be run in partnership with Exeter University
  • Sofia Seifarth’s (Technical Museum, Sweden) Medical and Technical Issues project is in planning stage – Sofia to write a short project brief for other members
  • Music was discussed as a potential future topic for collaboration – many members had connections to the theme
  • Suffrage and democracy was discussed as a potential future topic for collaboration – particularly around Women’s Suffrage which could be talked about more as part of a future conference
  • The Fight for the Welfare State was discussed as a topic (particularly of interest to Louise and Katy)

 

5. Conferences

  • A Worklab Conference will be held in Austria in 2014 around themes of work and labour
  • Following Worklab Conference will be held as A Work with Sounds conference in Dortmund in 2015 as part of that project

Call for Papers: WORKLAB Conference 2014 in Austria

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Call for Papers: WORKLAB Conference 2014 in Austria

WORKLAB - International Association of Labour Museums - is organising a general conference in September 2014. Worklab Conference 2014 will be held by Museum Arbeitswelt in Steyr, Austria 3-7 September 2014. Worklab's last general conference was in 2010, so it is no a great opportunity to meet labour museums globally in Austria next autumn. So please, reserve the dates on your calendars right away!

The Call for Papers is now open. We hope that as many museum professionals as possible in Worklab museums will submit their papers until 31st March 2014.

The main theme of the Worklab conference 2014 is the question, how labour museums can find and redefine their position in a changing social, political and economic environment. There are plenty of interesting subthemes as well:
- New ways of communications with visitors
- Educational Programs for schools and other target groups
- Cooperations between labour museums and other institutions
- Women history in labour museums
- Work and identity
- Dying industries and society

If you want to participate with your own paper, please send an one-page abstract and one page cv included to udo.wiesinger (at) museum-steyr.at or send it by fax (0043 7252 77 351 11) or via regular mail, postmarked to following address: Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr // Wehrgrabengasse 7 // 4400 Steyr, Austria.

Please follow the official conference website at:
http://worklab2014.wordpress.com/

WORKLAB Meeting at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

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WORKLAB Meeting at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

Friday 12th July 2013 (15-17 PM)

Meeting of the European Network of Labour Museums
Room: G F Williams Room, Institute building
 

WORKLAB – International Association of Labour Museums invites you to the WORKLAB afternoon meeting at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site (UK) 12 July 2013. The meeting will be organised during international conference called Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures.

The meeting is open for all Worklab members and everyone else interested in our network. WORKLAB – The International Association of Labour Museums was founded in 1997 and today we have 40 member museums from four continents. Worklab is a network for co-operation, common projects, sharing knowledge, learning and admirable friendship. Our latest EU project, "Work with sounds", will start this autumn.

Ironbridge meeting is intended to be informal meeting for Worklab museums. It is a great possibility to meet colleagues and share ideas of current situations in labour museums globally. We ask all participating museums beforehand to plan potential projects and exhibition ideas.

 

Agenda for the Meeting (12th July, 15.00-17.00)

  1. Welcome, Chair of Worklab Kalle Kallio
  2. Labour museums today. Introduction of participants and latest news from different museums (no time for powerpoint-presentations)
  3. Current news of Worklab: Labour and Landscape special issue (International Journal of Heritage Studies) out this summer, Work with Sounds EU project, updated Website, Facebook.
  4. Discussion of further activities. All participants are welcome to make suggestions of future projects, exhibitions and initiatives!
  5. Conferences in 2014 and 2015.
  6. Closing the meeting

 

The meeting is organised as a part of Rust, Regeneration and Romance conference. All information concerning the whole conference can be found at the conference website.

 

Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures

International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures
10-14 July 2013, Ironbridge, UK

For centuries iron and steel have been the fundamental building blocks of modernity. These metals and the technologies, societies and cultures surrounding them have revolutionised the lives of billions of people. From the earliest functional usage of iron in domestic life, to decorative cast iron, from weapons to knives and forks and from the use of high tensile steels in buildings around the world to the stainless steels of space exploration, the transformative power of iron and steel is undeniable. This capacity to transform extends to the landscapes and cultures which have themselves been transformed through the mining, production, processing and consumption of iron and steel. As China and India race to modernise their economies with imported iron and steel, many cities across Europe and North America are still struggling with the decline in production and manufacture. In many parts of Europe former centres of iron and steel production have undergone regeneration and now form part of the tourism economy. Rust has gained currency as part of industrial heritage. Still, in many parts of the developing world, ideas of heritage lie very much in the future, as communities continue to work in the mining of iron ore and the production and fabrication of steel.

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of iron and steel landscapes and cultures, from the ancient to the modern. It looks toward the legacies of both production and consumption and how these metals have influenced all aspects of social life. We wish to explore the relationships that communities, regions, nations share with iron and steel through its functional use, creative and artistic use and its symbolic use. Indicative questions the conference will address are: How are economies and societies transformed by the extraction and processing of iron? How does the environmental impact and legacy of iron and steel sites shape social and political life? How do governments and communities deal with both the expansion and decline of the iron and steel industries? What are the forms and formats of regeneration for iron and steel landscapes and communities? To what extent are global communities connected through iron and steel, economically and culturally? How have the landscapes and cultures of iron and steel found expression through various art forms? How are these landscapes managed and understood?

The conference welcomes academics from the widest range of disciplines and wishes to act as a forum for exchange between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will draw from anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, engineering, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape studies, linguistics, metallurgy, museum studies, sociology, tourism studies etc. The conference will take place at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Understanding iron and steel landscapes - historic and contemporary perspectives
  • Human - technology relationships
  • Challenges in the presentation and interpretation of iron and steel heritage
  • Touring and tourism in iron and steel landscapes
  • Histories and ethnographies of iron and steel communities - labour relations and working environments
  • Architectural tropes surrounding mining and fabrication
  • Representations of iron and steel cultures in the 'popular' media
  • The 'cultural industries' (arts, sport, tourism, etc.) in the regeneration of iron and steel communities
  • Languages of steel cities - dialects and territories
  • Symbolic economies of iron and steel - iconography, art and design


Abstracts of 300 words with a clear title should be sent as soon as possible but no later than January 31st 2013 to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please be sure to include your full contact details.
Information will be updated on the website http://ironandsteel2013.wordpress.com/.

Worklab on Facebook

 

WORKLAB is now on Facebook. Facebook page was founded primarily for communication between museums and their staff. Worklab members can use the site to inform about their exhibitions, events, news and everything related to the labour heritage. The page can be a good tool to network and foster friendship! The settings for the page are liberal and everyone can post there. Check it out, like the page, post and use it!
http://www.facebook.com/WORKLABmuseums

Worklab on your smartphone

The Worlab site has been updated. Now you can access the site with your smartphone, tablet etc.

Just scan  or download the following QR-code and you're done:

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The site looks like this on your mobile device:
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