In 2013 the Holburne was pleased to announce a new partnership with Bath Spa University. Bath Spa University is celebrated for its study and research in the areas of creativity, culture and enterprise, while the museum is well known as a centre of excellence for learning and creative programming. The partnership reflects the strategic alignment of the two institutions.
The partnership builds on a long-standing relationship between the museum and the university and provides:
• opportunities for collaborative research, exhibitions, publications and projects;
• contribution to the development of taught academic programmes, specifically in the areas of art and design, history and arts and heritage management; and
• opportunities for students and staff to expand their personal and professional development.
Some notable examples of collaboration since the partnership was established include ‘Muse: The Collection Inspires’ an exhibition of new and thought-provoking work created by the MA Ceramics and Textiles students in response to the Holburne’s collection; ‘The Moving Exhibition’ a series of students’ interventionist music and dance performances in response to the exhibits and spaces at the Holburne; special displays designed by the BA 3D Design: Idea Material Object students; Up Late events planned by Heritage in Context MA students; workshops with students from BA Education studies and PGCE courses.
The University of Bath has a long association with the Holburne Museum, dating from 1973, when the Museum became the Museum of the University, establishing links between the Museum and the teaching and research activities of the University.
The Museum’s collection, building and staff expertise have been used as an undergraduate and postgraduate teaching resource, with particularly close ties with the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
The University continues to provide shared services for the Museum, its staff and students benefit from visits to the Museum exhibitions and the facilities provide an elegant venue for official University receptions.
Recently the Museum has been a teaching venue for an MPhil in the History of Architecture, been involved with various collaborative projects and provided volunteering opportunities for students.