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Hampshire Solent Learning, Access and Interpretation Network (LAINet)

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Our next event:

How to be a Family Friendly Museum; 'Kids in Museums' at The Diving Museum - study trip, 16 March 1-4pm

The Diving Museum in Gosport entered the Telegraph’s Kids in Museums Award in 2015 and made the top six. The Diving Museum  is run entirely by volunteers and they have kindly agreed to share some of the secrets to their success with LAInet. Join us on March the 16th for lunch and a talk by the Diving museum about how they have made their museum so family friendly.

The event will start with Lunch in the Bayside Cafe (next door) continue at 1:30 with a talk and then showaround the museum, ending at around 3:00.

To book your ticket please go to this web address and follow the instructions.

To join LAINet for free, contact Eileen Clegg, Education Officer, Royal Armouries Fort Nelson.

Introduction to LAINet

The Hampshire Solent LAINet is a network supported by the South East Museum Development programme. It was established in 2010 with the following aims:

  • To act as an information network for museum staff and volunteers with responsibilities for learning, access and interpretation
  • To facilitate internal and external communication, consultation and liaison
  • To achieve economies of scale in joint initiatives
  • To contribute to policy development and strategy formulation
  • To help promote the collections and services of member museums
  • To help raise standards in museum practice

LAINet was relaunched in November 2013 with a special event at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson and there's now an active working group delivering an exciting programme of seminars, workshops and study visits. 

Here are some of the things LAINet members have been up to since then:

All LAINet members are welcome to suggest development activities such as training events or visits for the future. To get involved, visit the LAINet group on LinkedIn or email Eileen Clegg, Education Officer, Royal Armouries Fort Nelson.

Update from the latest LAINet event

Sustainable Learning Conference, 11 January 2016

Hampshire-Solent museum professionals had a thought-provoking day at the latest LAInet (Learning, Access and Interpretation Network) event hosted by Milestones in Basingstoke.

The day was organised by LAInet Steering Group Members Eileen Clegg (Royal Armouries) and Clare Barnes (Mary Rose Museum) in response to the increasingly challenging economic environment for museum learning teams.  Staff and volunteers attended from across the region including: Hampshire Cultural Trust, English Heritage, Brading Roman Villa, Chichester Cathedral, Burseldon Brickworks and the Diving Museum.

The guest speakers were Jane Avison and David Alcock of Heritage Learning in Hull, a self-funding learning business where profits are ploughed back in to their work. They explained how they had gone about moving from a local authority funded service to a successful commercial model.

Talks and discussion sessions included:

  • Producing products that match customers and their needs
  • Value for money
  • Smart marketing so customers understand the true value of your offer

Key questions for debate included:

  • Should you ever give your products and services away for free?
  • Who is your customer? It may not always be the end user.
  • How do you stand out from the crowd and find your own brand?

Feedback was very positive with many attendees rating the day “Excellent”.