Ever wondered what an SSN is? What do they do?
Are you interested in joining one or setting one up for your collection area but want to know more?
Subject Specialist Networks are unique networks who provide advice and guidance about collections, acquisitions, preservation, access, and research on a specific subject area. Currently there are nearly 50 themed networks covering a wide range of subject areas and this number is growing all the time.
A source of support, professional advice and expertise, there is no one size fits all for an SSN. Each has its own remit for example some focus specifically on providing advice and guidance, others have a wider role which include advocacy, research, and other key developmental activity. To raise awareness of Subject Specialist Networks, what they do and how they work we have produced a podcast and a webinar with the generous support of Art Fund.
Lifting the lid on Subject Specialist Networks webinar
Join Sporting Heritage’s Fran Stovold and panellists:
- Gail Boyle, Society of Museum Archaeology
- Erin Lee, Association of Performing Arts Collections
- Charlotte Pearce, War & Conflict Subject Specialist Network
- Dr Justine Reilly, Sporting Heritage
- Paolo Viscardi, Natural Sciences Collections Association
as they discuss the nuts and bolts of setting up and running an SSN including looking at how they are governed, how they are funded, how they have grown their networks, how they advocate for their subject area within the network and with others and how they contribute to the body of knowledge on their chosen topic. In discussing these topics we will be showcasing the broad range of work undertaken and supported by SSNs.
The power of Subject Specialist Networks podcast
Join Sporting Heritage’s podcast lead, Russell Todd as he talks to:
- Sarak King, Geological Curator’s Group
- Paul Evans, Army Museums Ogilby Trust
- Claire McDade, Industrial Museums Scotland
as they discuss the work of their SSNs, the role that SSNs play in the heritage sector and beyond and the value that the networks have deliver for their members and stakeholders.