Our history

Committee members at the MCG AGM 2006

Committee members at the MCG AGM 2006 by Michael Comiskey

The MCG began in 1982 when a group met at the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge over 15-16 October. At the end of their meeting they decided that they should meet again, and The Museums Computer Group was formed with Bill Pettitt as chair. They officially met as the MCG for the first time on 15-16 April 1983 at the Manchester Museum.

In 2007 we went back to the Sedgwick Museum to celebrate our 25th anniversary with an evening reception and birthday cake, joined by attendees of UK Museums and the Web 2007.

We’re hoping to share more of the MCG’s history online – if you have memories of past meetings, personalities, newsletters or discussions to share, we’d love to hear from you.  This list of past events may help jog your memory.

While job titles, culture and technology changes around us, our mission to connect, support and inspire the museum sector is unchanged.

Previous MCG projects

As well as its network of online members, and its cycle of annual conferences and meetings, the MCG has been involved in on-going and one-off projects and initiatives within the area of digital heritage research and practice. Some projects were initiated by us, and in other cases we’ve lent our support or collaborated with others. In every case, however, the MCG seeks to follow its mission to connect, support and inspire its members.

Our discussion list has been an important catalyst for significant collaborations. For example, Culture24’s action research Let’s Get Real‘How to evaluate success online?’ project was originally inspired by discussion on our community email list. Similarly, the two year Semantic Web Thinktank project was sparked through conversations on our email list.

The MCG supported the ‘LIVE!Museum‘ research project, lead by the School of Museum Studies, at the University of Leicester, with project partners The Collections Trust and System Simulation Ltd and funding from the AHRC and BT.