Share Academy is a partnership project between University of the Arts London, University College London and the London Museums Group.
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. Details of the some of the 15 projects funded can be found at the bottom of the page.
In August 2016, Arts Council England granted funding to a two year partnership project enabling further cross-sector work between museums and universities to be developed.
Our current work
Through a partnership of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Share Academy and Paddy McNulty Associates Ltd, from October 2016 to March 2018 there is a further series of activities and engagement bringing museums and academic institutions together.
This partnership runs workshops across England to share our learning and expertise around collaborative practice, working with universities and museums to facilitate the development of new mutually beneficial partnerships, building a database that will facilitate and map cross-sector collaborations, and offering further information about potential funding sources for collaborative work.
The research of Share Academy explores the long term and dynamic impacts of museum and university partnerships, working with and for local ecologies.
Details of resources published by Share Academy can be found on the London Museums Group website.