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. Further information on our previous projects can be found in the Legacy Book.
Our current work
Share Academy is currently running workshops for museum professionals across England to share our learning and expertise around collaborative practice. Share Academy is 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.
Share Academy reports, advice and guidance on museum and Higher Education collaborations can be downloaded at the Share Academy resources page.