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Upcoming Arts Award training in Kent (2018/19)
Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award and they are offering courses throughout the year.
Special Schools and Museum Toolkit
South East Museum Development are proud to launch a practical guide to accessible and inclusive museum experiences for special schools and SEND families
Museum Mentor wanted at Tenterden Museum
A new opportunity has arisen for a new mentor to support Tenterden & District Museum
National Trust Open million pound conservation studio at Knole House
Knole House, Kent will now be able to clean, repair and treat objects all year round at this state of the art facility
Opportunity to share your story as part of Royal Holloway University's 'Citizens' project
Does your museum, archive or historical society celebrate a local hero who championed liberty, justice or democracy? Is your town or village associated with a key event, movement or figure in a wider struggle for rights? If so, then Royal Holloway Univer
How can arts and culture improve our public services?
'Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production' report introducing models to help public sector work collaboratively with museums and others to deliver local outcomes
Young Leaders Training Programme - Call for Applications
A training programme for young museums and cultural professionals aspiring to become leaders in their institutions/sector and drive forward necessary change
Museums from across Kent & Medway get together to hear Museum Development Plans for 2016-17
On Tuesday 8th March, we welcomed over 40 people to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, for the 'Kent & Medway Museum Development Forum' looking at plans for 2016-17.
Kent Community Foundation - Elderly & Vulnerable Adults Themed Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 in exceptional circumstances) are available for local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly and other vulnerable adults, supporting people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, co
First look at the Annual Return survey for 2014-15
Background to the South East Museums Annual Return, where it came from, how it was developed, and read a summary of 2014-15 feedback.
‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day in Kent
The ‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day was a unique opportunity to bring two cultural sectors together for an open discussion about how they interact. The aim of the day was to create a set of rules (or manifesto), based on o
The Kent Creative Awards - judges announce the finalists
The judges had deliverated and have shortlisted 33 finalists out of 144 entries. An annual event, the Kent Creative Awards celebrate the best in arts and culture in Kent and those who help maintain and develop the creative sector in our county.
The Kent Museums Group wants your feedback
Kent Museums Group (KMG) has been serving museums and associated individuals since the late 1970's and is now undertaking a review of its role, which services it should now deliver, and a significant improvement in the benefits to its membership.
Preventive Conservation offer for Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Medway museums
A new year's message from our Preventive Conservation Officer, Emily Nisbet-Hawkins, offering lots of support, advice, training and resources for museums in Surrey, Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Learning from the Creative People & Places Programme
The Creative People and Places (CPP) fund focuses on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. The aim is to increase the likelihood that people will participate. In the South East, the Swale & Medway
South East museums through to next round of Arts Council's Capital Grants programme
Congratulations to the Story Museum in Oxford and Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery who are two of four arts organisations from across the South East invited to apply for £7.8 million in funding to support capital plans.
Kent Creative Awards
The event will reward contributions to the cultural world of Kent from individuals and organisations that embrace creativity and will highlight the variety of creative works, projects and events created across the county that add value to local economy an
Flag up your interest in attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Kent
The aim of these courses is to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
Kent County Council - Combined Members Grants
In 2015/16, each Kent County Council Member has £25,000 to allocate for community grants. These grants can support a lot of different activities.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-based Learning Fund
Grants are available for charities, community or-ganisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts and working in part-nership with educational institutions.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Access and Participation Fund
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Applications will be considered for projects that challenge ine-quality of opportunity in access to and participation in t
Postcode Community Trust Grants available for applications in January 2016
Grants from £500 to £20,000 are available to grassroots organisations, registered charities and to non-profit community businesses in England for projects that help to regenerate communities.
Contribute to the Kent Cultural Strategy
Unlocking Kent’s Cultural Potential - A Cultural Strategy 2010-2015 is coming to an end, and it is time to focus on the next chapter to secure Kent’s creative future. The proposal is to create a ten year vision for the development of arts an
People United launch their Schools Hub
This new site explores how the arts and creativity can bring people together, break down barriers, encourage empathy and inform the way that we view the world around us.
Take part in our annual museum survey
We need museums to help us gather evidence to demonstrate the importance of museums both locally and regionally, to funders and stakeholders. Complete your survey now!
Swale Council's WW1 Centenary Project Grant Scheme 2015-16
Swale Borough Council continues to support local community organisations, Parish and Town Council’s across the area deliver WW1 commemorative activities and projects. So far eight applications have been received in this financial year and six gra
HeadStart Kent, 'Pay if Forward' grant opportunity
Kent County Council has been piloting a project over the last year called HeadStart which has been funded by the Big Lottery. The project is designed to help equip young people to deal better with difficult circumstances in their lives and build resilienc
British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund
The British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund offers up to £5,000 (plus VAT) of energy efficiency measures at small businesses / organisations, including new boilers, LED lighting and insulation. Non-public sector run museums across the South East region shou
New Kent Heritage Resource Centre to open at Smarden
A new resource Centre for regional heritage groups is being established at Smarden as a result of a partnership agreement signed last week by Smarden Local History Society and Kent Archaeological Society.
Do you have a story for the Kent Life magazine?
If you would like to promote your museum or heritage site through a tailored article in the Kent Life magazine, written by a professional journalist, then read on.
The Kent-based 'Wheels of Time' family passport is looking for more museum participants
'The Wheels of Time' family passport is the perfect family fun activity for children to do over the summer holidays. Children and their families will be invited to pick up their passport from one of Kent's participating museums or heritage sites. They w
An new animated Commissioning Toolkit has been launched
A new animated commissioning toolkit was launched on Tuesday 23rd June at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. The event was well attended and received, with over 100 delegates from Kent, London and the South East.
Kent Museums and Student Volunteers networking event a great success
On Tuesday 2nd June, the Museum Development Programme and the University of Kent's School of History hosted staff and volunteers from around twenty local museums and heritage organisations in Kent. It is hoped this is the first of an annual networking an
The Royal Opera House Bridge Annual Survey
The Royal Opera House Bridge has been providing support and advocacy for cultural learning in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and North Kent since 2012. Building on the success of the first three years Arts Council England has renewed its support for t
Help shape the future of Kent's Community Mental Health and Wellbeing service
Kent County Council (KCC) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Kent and to improve public health outcomes particularly in Kent’s most deprived communities.
Apply to the RAISE Challenge Fund
The RAISE team is excited to be evolving the way it provides support to voluntary and community sector organisations across the South East. We are making a step change in our own approach to delivering support to help you to make a difference to people.
Kent County Council Combined Members Grants now available
Every year, Kent County Council (KCC) help community projects across Kent by using the Combined Members Grant to fund them.
Uniques Project website goes live
Bexhill Museum (lead partner) and four other museums in the South East carried out an ethnographic collections review project in 2014-2015, funded by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Support Fund.
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Object in Focus is a project funded by the Arts Council England to proactively loan out objects to museums and non-museum venues.
The People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme Open to Applications in the South of England
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for organisations South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).
Opportunity for Kent & Medway museums to participate in a new family friendly passport scheme
'The Wheels of Time' is the working title for the new family and children's passport scheme to encourage more visitors to your museum.
Final conference of the EU Comenius Regio project EASIER
Within the scope of the EASIER project, partners from Kent (UK) and West Flanders (Belgium) have developed a script and guide for secondary school teachers planning cross border exchanges on the theme of WWI. Kentorganisations now have the opportunity to
Third Age Creatives Meeting and Commissioned Experiments fund for Swale & Medway, Kent
On the 22nd April 2015, Ideas Test (the Arts Council funded Creative People and Places programme Swale and Medway) will hold a Third Age Creatives meeting to bring together multiple individuals and organisations who work with older people.
Kent museums discuss Going Digital with Nick Poole from the Collections Trust
Thirty people from across Kent & Medway museums, ranging in size, collection type, and previous digital experiences and skills, came together to hear Nick Poole, CEO of Collections Trust, talk through their new strand of work, Going Digital.
Opportunity for museums to work with French partners
French organisations from Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, which would like to set up a cross border project within the Interreg France (Channel)-England programme.
Good news for South East museums receiving Arts Council Resilience Funding
Today, Arts Council England announced the 108 organisations who were successful in applying to the first round of the Resilience Fund. These organisations are set to receive a total of over £17.5 million of investment between them.
Kent connections with Magna Carta and its 800th anniversary
Kent has strong associations with Magna Carta (MC) and plans for the 800th anniversary commemorations are well developed, with a strong focus in Canterbury, one of the 5 Charter Towns in England; in Faversham, where the Town Council owns an edition dated
Event Expenses Fund: £50 - £200 for your group to support Voluntary Arts Week events in Kent
Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK and RoI. It is run by Voluntary Arts who provide local, regional and national press and media support and social media campaigns featuring events listed as part of the week.
Museums from across Kent & Medway 'create a school workshop'
On Tuesday 3rd February, a group of staff and volunteers from across Kent & Medway museums and heritage sites got together to find out how to create an effective and enjoyable workshop for schools.
Opportunity for Kent museums to work with Belgium partners
Kent County Council, with their Belgium parnters, the West Flanders Regional Government, are looking to submit an application for European funding to develop a Great War project that brings schools and museums together through the use of digital technolog
Preventive Conservation assessments and training available for Surrey, Sussex and Kent museums
Opportunity to request a bespoke in-house training day or audit to support your collection care needs.
Are you signed up to KentCan?
The KentCAN website is a place for people and organisations working and volunteering in the Kent & Medway Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise sectors. KentCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) creating connections between organisations and indivi
The Kent Arts Investment Fund application and guidelines for the year April 2015 – March 2016 now available
Museums pick up tips on how to work with schools
On Thursday 20th November 2014, a group of museum staff and volunteers came together for the 'Working with Schools' training day (as part of the Kent-wide 'Building Engagement' Programme).
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum raise £275,000 for new museum
The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum will march into new, purpose-built facilities next year after reaching its £275,000 fundraising target
Great discussions had at the Imperial War Museum's FWW ‘Lessons Learned’ Partnership Meeting
On the 23rd October IWM led a Partnership meeting at Chatham Historic Dockyard for members in the South East.
Kent's Big Weekend
Visit Kent has announced dates for the 2015 My Kent Big Weekend and is calling on the county’s tourist attractions, venues and destinations to get involved.
Sharing good practice in Kent & Medway through Museum2Museum sessions
Opportunities to hear from your fellow museum colleagues from across the county.