Share Academy was a partnership project between University College London (UCL), University of the Arts London (UAL) and the London Museums Group. The partnership came together through a shared belief in the potential for mutually beneficial collaboration between Higher Education and museums. Share Academy has been researching, supporting and promoting partnership working between the two sectors since 2012 with the support of Arts Council England (ACE).
The story so far
A pilot project, conducted between October 2012 and March 2013, explored the challenges and benefits of partnership working. The pilot produced a feasibility study outlining the potential for collaboration.
Between March 2013 and April 2015 the Share Academy team spent two years brokering, funding and evaluating cross-sector collaborations in the London region. Details of some of the 15 projects can be found at the bottom of the page.
Share Academy ran workshops for museum professionals across England to share olearning and expertise around collaborative practice. Share Academy was also working with universities and museums in the East Midlands region to develop a database that will facilitate and map cross-sector collaborations. If this proves successful it is hoped that the resource will be rolled out to the rest of the country.
The research of Share Academy explores the long term and dynamic impacts of museum and university partnerships, working with and for local ecologies.
Details of resources published by Share Academy can be found here.
List of projects
CSM x Foundling Museum
Cultivating style, fashion and horticulture
British music experience
The Peckham Cultural Institute
Keats in London
In collaboration with academics at UCL
The beautifullest place on Earth
The history of publishing – William Morris and the Kelmscott Press
Local roots / global routes: the legacies of British slave-ownership.
The Mollie Spoon archive
Drawing parallels – artistic encounters with pathology
Stamp printing plates, dies and rollers – from vault to view