WIRP Workshop: Initiating and Maintaining International Contacts

The WIRP Workshop: Initiating & Maintaining International Contacts took place at The British Library on 1 March 2017.

Click HERE to download the workshop programme.

Click HERE to download the list of speakers and their biographies and abstracts.

You can find case studies, guidance articles, and a list of useful organisations for working internationally on the Resources pages of the ICOM UK website.

Workshop delegates had an opportunity to discuss and share their ideas for initiating international contacts.  They were asked to respond to three questions.  These notes are a summary of ideas generated at the workshop.


Rob Freeman, Project Officer for Craven and the First World War, Craven Museum – how to make the most of a small budget and a short visit


Julie Parry and Kirsty Mairs, People’s History Museum – how working internationally can benefit museum learning programmes


Sarah Lloyd-Durrant, Digital Access Officer, Royal Cornwall Museums – how to work internationally with UK partners


Ashley Bell, Project Officer (Retail Development), Beamish Museum – how to and why develop international reciprocal visits


Rhian Rowson, Natural Sciences Curator, Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives – how to develop an appropriate risk management strategy for international visits


Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp, Curator of Anthropology, Horniman Museum & Gardens – how to commission new work from international artists


Stephanie Boydell, Gallery Store Manager/Curator, MMU Special Collections – how to build on the benefits of working internationally when things don’t go to plan