24 – 25 November 2016

The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2016

Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London, UK
Abstract submission deadline: 24th August 2016

This conference provides an intellectual and policy-relevant platform for scholars around the world to address the new and emerging challenges facing cities and regions. The global economic slowdown poses major concerns to many territories – through shortfalls in employment, household incomes, corporate profitability and tax revenues. The steel industry has been one of the hardest hit, forcing massive plant closures and redundancies from China to the UK. Austerity in public finances threatens the infrastructure required to lay the foundation for future growth and development. Economic uncertainties and uneven development also contribute to growing social unrest and new waves of international migration. Heightened regulation of the banks and other financial institutions is bound to have an impact on the funding of house-building and other real estate development, with uncertain consequences. Meanwhile the accelerating pace of technological change in many industries and occupations means different skills and capabilities are required of the workforce, causing painful adjustments for many communities. And looming concerns about climate change and accelerating environmental degradation complicate the task of urban and regional revitalisation.

See details for this Conference here…RSA

Visit to Innerpeffray Library

25 August 2016
Innerpeffray Library, Perth & Kinross

A Summer visit to Scotland’s oldest free, public lending library. Innerpeffray, perched on the bank of the river Earn in Perth and Kinross is a historic subscription library and was the first lending library in Scotland. Its collection includes many significant and interesting books, housed in a wonderful historic building in a lovely rural setting. The visit will explore collections care issues in libraries, in particular the balance between access and preservation.
Lunch will be provided afterwards and is included in the ticket price. Innerpeffray is not easily accessible by public transport, so the Group will organise car shares from Edinburgh, Glasgow and other cities if appropriate, and will make an ‘on the day’ charge for this of around £10 per head.
Sign up here.
To request transport to the visit, or to offer your services as a driver, please email Isobel Griffin:


Living Heritage Crafts Symposium, Falkland

19 – 21 August 2016
Falkland Stables, Falkland House, Fife

The Falkland Craft Symposium is the culmination of three years of exploration of both traditional and contemporary skills of craftspeople locally, in and around Fife, and further afield. The event comprises lectures workshops and demonstrations by local craft practitioners. Three overlapping themes have been chosen – Traditional Building Crafts, Local Craft Traditions and Home & Country Crafts. For further information click here.

Salvage & Recovery of Cultural Heritage Collections

1 August 2016

At Museum Study our mission is to help you build a better cultural institution and be a stronger member of the team that carries out the mission of your institution.

To accomplish this we provide online professional development. We offer courses on a broad range of topics important to running a cultural institution including; Administration, Exhibits & Public Programming, Facilities Management, Collections Management, and Collection Preservation & Care. Our goal is to help you develop policies, procedures and programs to run your institution successfully.

The unpredictable impact of emergencies and disasters on cultural property can be minimized by training in Emergency Preparedness and response techniques. This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in emergency actions and salvage decision making. Students will increase their ability to respond and recover from disasters of all types and sizes. Class participants can be at any level of expertise.

Further information and how to book here