Many of Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) have lecture theatres, particular galleries or spaces which can be used to host formal lectures and talks, offering opportunities for researchers to share their work.
Public talks may focus on items and research associated with major exhibitions and collections or programming themes, or are stand-alone. These type of events can be tailored toward a specific audience or open to the general public, allowing the researcher to engage with target groups.
Researchers may propose alternative formats to talk to public audiences, e.g. gallery talks, pop-up talks, interactive talks, performance-enhanced talks, etc.
Talks can also take place online and/or livestreaming may be available, hosted by the GLAM institution. Depending on the venue, talks may be saved as podcasts for posterity. See the Online engagement section of the GLAM PER Toolkit for further information.
Costs can be variable, particularly if extras are required (e.g. drinks reception) – contact the relevant team to discuss. In-person events often take place once the institution has closed for the day and may therefore incur additional staffing costs.
Events may be planned up to a year in advance therefore it is advisable to contact with the relevant team at the institution at the earliest possible convenience. Please be aware that GLAM venues have full and busy programmes and it may not be possible to pick up activities that have already been fully developed or to deal with urgent requests. Ideally, activities should be co-created with GLAM from project conception and researchers should get in contact early so that we can work together to develop your ideas. Please note that while researchers may contact GLAM departments directly they are also encouraged to contact departmental/Divisional PER facilitators for interim support/guidance.