Cohort 2 update
For recent project activites and updates, see our Summer 2016 Newsletter:
16th March 2016
Since the last update, project activity has focused on the recruitment of Cohort 3; this included the delivery of a workshop at the 'Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum' held at Milestones Museum. We are delighted to announce that Bursledon Brickworks, The Classic Boat Museum, The Diving Museum, Eling Tide Mill and Whitchurch Silk Mill, Southampton Arts & Heritage and Hampshire Cultural Trust are all now part of Cohort 3. Romilly is beginning the philanthropy audits with the above so we can put together a tailor-made training programme for this new cohort.
The majority of Cohort 2 has now been matched to their mentor and initial mentoring meetings have taken place. As part of the on-going mentoring training programme, a conference for mentors took place in February and was attended by Cohort 1 and 2 mentors. The event was organised by SEMDP and SW Fed with 'Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy' leading a fundraising skills workshop.
In addition, following the launch of the bursary and training schemes, both Cohort 1 and 2 are considering various initiatives which will provide additional training for their individual organisations.
A 'database management' workshop also took place in January at SeaCity; our thanks to Southampton Arts & Heritage for providing the venue. Lastly, in conjunction with Norfolk Museums Service, an 'Enterprise & Philanthropy: building relationships to fund museums' conference was held at The Museum of London earlier this month. A short film featuring interviews with Petersfield Museum, Gilbert White's House and HMS Warrior has been produced and was shown during the conference.
A workshop for Cohort 2 to plan the 'Cultural Celebration' event will take place in Winchester next month and further details will be available shortly.
14th January 2016
The coming year will see further development activity including fundraising workshops; panel sessions in which you will be invited to discuss fundraising issues with philanthropic individual donors and corporate donors; sector expert support; mentoring and peer support skills sharing.
In addition Hampshire Cultural Trust, Southampton City Council and Norfolk Museums Service are organising a conference to share the learning from the Heritage Lottery Funded Catalyst projects on 2nd March in London 'Enterprise and Philanthropy: building relationships to fund museums'. This conference is open to all museums and anyone involved in museum fundraising.
Cohort 2 has also been offered access to online donor directories provided by the Directory of Social Change.
A 'Cultural Celebration' for the museums and organisations involved in the ICP project will also take place in the Great Hall in Winchester in October. This will be an opportunity for museums from all three cohorts to meet with philanthropists and businesses and other donors. The event will showcase culture in Hampshire and involve performance and local produce from the Hampshire Solent region. The event is being organised by The Fundraising Practice and details will be sent out in due course.
As a 'thank you' to everyone involved in the project, a Christmas Drinks reception was held at St John's House, Winchester. Representatives from cohort 1 and 2 together with members of the Project Advisory Group, mentors, our partners and the project team came along. In addition, we were delighted to welcome Perdita Hunt, Director, from the Watts Gallery who gave some inspirational advice based on fundraising, injecting a wonderful air of fun and positivity into the evening. Project Director, Romilly Beard commented 'It was great to see so many people there and to have the opportunity to share our achievements and network'.
Following the last two workshops, another workshop on ‘Individual Donors: cultivating mid to high level giving’ took place this week, to which both cohorts were invited to attend. This was led by JW Fundraising and focused on increasing knowledge on profiling and identifying donors, planning and cultivation, data management and networking. One to one fundraising clinics were also offered at the end of the workshop. Feedback on the content and delivery has been very positive with one participant commenting 'it was incredibly useful to have an expert offer bespoke advice according to our individual aims and objectives'.
Our thanks to SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Council for generously hosting this workshop.
In addition, a training session for all the mentors involved in the project took place at St. John’s House in Winchester. This was an opportunity to receive additional training focused on mentoring an organisation as opposed to an individual as well as networking and meeting the other project mentors. Our thanks to Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships Officer from South East Museums Development Programme for delivering another great training course as well as to the mentors who gave up their time and attended.
The next workshop will take place on Thursday 28th January and will focus on 'databases'. Further information will be sent out in due course. Additional workshops are also being planned and details will be available shortly.
During the last few weeks, workshops on ‘Research: the people you want to reach and how to reach them’ and ‘Membership and Patron schemes’ have taken place, with representatives from both cohort 1 and 2 attending. Places were also offered to guest museums based in the South West of England and we were pleased to welcome Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, The Museum of Sussex Archaeological Society and The Roman Baths museum amongst others.
Our thanks to the Royal Green Jackets Museum who kindly hosted the workshop on ‘Membership and Patron schemes’ in the Kincaid Gallery. This was a great space for the discussions with the museum's collection of portraits and paintings lining the walls providing a splendid back-drop. Emily Jundi, of JW Fundraising, who led the workshop said 'Participants were very engaged throughout. The learning combined with sharing of experiences and ideas made it a very productive experience for everyone.'
Another workshop on ‘Individual donors: cultivating mid to high level giving’ is taking place on 2nd December at SeaCity Museum, Southampton. Information and registration.
We are also working in partnership with Norfolk Museums Service to present a one-day conference sharing the learning from the Heritage Lottery Funded Catalyst Umbrella projects. National museums as well as museums from the Hampshire Solent and East of England are invited to attend. This will take place on 2nd March at the Museum of London. Information and registration.
We are now moving into the final year of the project and would like to extend an invitation to any museum in the Hampshire Solent region to join the third and final cohort for the project. The deadline for completing an Expression of Interest form is 5th February.
Earlier this week, Cohort 2 attended their final ‘Fundraising Fundamentals’ training session at SeaCity Museum, Southampton. Staff and trustees from the Museum of the Adjutant General’s Corps; Brading Roman Villa; Carisbrooke Castle Museum; Jane Austen’s House Museum; The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre; Southampton City Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust attended. The session focused on fundraising communications and was led by Katie Flaherty from the Audience Agency. Katie said:
‘The group took on all the practical activities with energy and enthusiasm and was happy to share their own personal experiences in fundraising; both their challenges and successes. This made for a collaborative day with opportunities for peer learning and exchange. The group was asked to present a fundraising proposition to a panel of potential donors and the pitches were creative and persuasive!’
Thank you to SeaCity and Southampton City Council for their generous hosting.
The cohort has also been invited to take part in a workshop focusing on ‘Research: the people you want to reach and how to reach them’. This workshop will be led by Leo Sharrock, Head of Data Strategy at the Audience Agency.
Additional workshops are being planned on specific fundraising issues and details will be sent out shortly.
As well as attending various workshops over the last month, members of Cohort 2 participated in a training session on 16th July at Chilcomb House, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Winchester. This session built on the previous 'Fundraising Fundamentals' session and was led by The Audience Agency.
Cohort 2 will also shortly be matched to their mentors. Additional workshops on specific fundraising topics for Cohort 2 will be arranged in the Autumn.
The last of the three training sessions on 'Philanthropy Fundamentals' will take place in on 8th September at SeaCity Museum. As before, this will be a full day (9.30am - 5pm). Thank you to Southampton Arts and Heritage for providing the venue.
Cohort 2 has now had their first training session, led by The Audience Agency. This was a successful session to introduce the group to the subject of 'Fundraising Fundamentals'. Thank you to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant for their generous hosting.
The next training session will be on Thursday 16th July at Chilcomb House, Winchester. The third and final training session on 'Fundraising Fundamentals' will be on Tuesday 8th September at Sea City, Southampton. Further details on these training sessions will be sent out in due course.
The cohort will also take part in a number of workshops, Action Learning Sets and additional activities including coaching and mentoring over the coming months.
Last month, Southampton City Art Gallery kindly hosted the launch of cohort 2. Representatives from our newly recruited museums met with members of cohort 1 who shared their experiences of the project so far. Also present were members of the Project Advisory Group and staff from both the project team, Southampton City Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust. Guests were clearly impressed with the extensive art collection, as well as commenting on the light and airy venue.
We are delighted to announce the members of cohort 2:
Training dates for cohort 2's training programme:
Philanthropy Fundamentals Training: Three one day sessions - 2nd June at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 16th July (venue tbc) and 8th September (venue tbc).
In addition, workshops (Sept. - Dec. 2015 and Autumn 2016) and Action Learning Sets (April 2016 - March 2017) will be arranged.
Details on the development programme are available here.