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    Emergency planning training

    In revising our Emergency Plan, we (at the New Forest Centre) identified the need for professional training in managing emergency situations and in business continuity. We'd like to commission training (probably from Harwell's) and wondered if anyone would like to partner us on a training bid? Have a think and let me know.

    Posted by: Hilary Marshall
    on 06-03-2014

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    Archaeology/History research books for disposal from Maidstone Museum

    Please take a look at this list of archaeology / history research books we are looking to dispose of from Maidstone Museum. Please see this list of archaeology/History research books - If you are interested in any, please contact me SamanthaHarris@maidstone.gov.uk ASAP. They will be given for free (or a small donation if anyone is willing), on a first come first served basis, if you are able to arrange collection yourselves. If you are not interested yourselves but know of any other public education body/library that may be interested, please feel free to circulate the list to them or forward their details to me.

    Posted by: Sam Harris
    on 03-03-2014

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    Formal Digital Learning Resources in Gallery, Online and in the Classroom

    A Digital Learning Network Event 4 April 2014 10.00am – 4.30pm Museum of London A one day event, ideal for people working in museums or galleries who would like to develop their digital learning offer for schools, both onsite and in the classroom. Featuring: • What Teachers Want: A session with primary and secondary school teachers, discussing what does and doesn’t work for them • Case studies of best practice in Formal Digital Learning Resources, including: ‘From inception to delivery: Museum of London web resources for teachers and students’
By Ally Davies – Online Learning Manager, Museum of London ’Paper, PDFs and Play Store: how school activities in the British Museum’s Parthenon galleries have developed from paper trails to an augmented reality app’ 
By Katherine Biggs, Education Manager: Digital Learning Programmes – The British Museum Booking: Digital Learning Network Members - £70 Non-members - £95 For more information and to book please visit http://www.digitallearningnetwork.net/events.

    Posted by: Alex Murphy
    on 19-02-2014

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    Surplus electrical and misc. museum exhibits

    Dear friends in museums, I write on behalf of SSE regarding the former Museum of Electricity in Christchurch, Dorset. Last summer, SSE undertook a change of policy regarding its museum. As you know, it was closed in its previous form. However, the collection is safe. The company has also continued to pro-actively invest in and support the collection in new ways, starting with a complete (though not yet detailed) catalogue published online. It also plans a future programme of travelling exhibitions so that the collection can be shared with a wider geographical population. During this work, a large number of surplus objects have been identified in the 200m2 attic of the Museum. They are now under consideration for rationalisation, after a thorough check against the main collection. The process will begin with offers restricted to established not-for-profit UK museums and university or other public collections. These duplicates comprise a wide range of electrotechnical materials and domestic/consumer appliances. As part of an ethical rationalisation strategy, I now would like to warmly invite you to visit the Museum without commitment to consider whether any of the surplus material in storage may be better used at your museum/s, and to express an interest in any objects you would like to transfer to your collections. As the Museum is not regularly staffed at present, viewing days will be as stated and normal office hours. If you would like to visit, please let me know and I will book you in as a guest. Light refreshments will be available. On 3-4th March we seek to invite perusal for accredited Museums. On 10-13 March we would like to invite perusal for local Museums in the Hampshire and Dorest area. I very much look forward to hearing if you can attend the viewing. If you are coming, please send details of your name, mobile phone number, and approximate time we should expect you (AM or PM and date)

    Posted by: Rawdon Jones/Dr John Beckerson
    on 11-02-2014

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    Handling objects needed please

    Freelance museum 'educator' working with the elderly is looking for artefacts related to both ww1 and ww2 please.

    Posted by: Elizabeth Rhodes
    on 11-02-2014

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    The Marketing Manual - 6 copies on offer

    The Hampshire Solent Museum Development office has half a dozen spare copies of the Arts Marketing Association's 'The Marketing Manual' by Heather Maitland. Cover price £25.00, offered free to any museum, heritage or cultural organisation who can collect from Chilcomb. It's a very useful and comprehensive resource covering how to get press coverage, run an advertising campaign, manage a marketing budget, run a press photo call and much more. It's a few years old so has got much less coverage of digital marketing than you'd expect today, but still loads of valuable content. Written for performing arts organisations but nearly all applicable to a museum, gallery or heritage centre. Email me if you'd like one.

    Posted by: Lucy Marder
    on 07-02-2014

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    Freelance Museum Educator sought!

    Does anyone have a contact for a Freelance Museum Educator who would be interested in producing a range of family trails and activity sheets for The Oxfordshire Museum? The work needs to be completed by end of March.

    If so, please contact: Gill Munday, Museums Learning and Access Manager at Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service, Museums Resource Centre, Cotswold Dene, Standlake, Witney, OX29 7QG.  Tel: 01865 300324

    Posted by: Clare Wilson-Jarvis
    on 04-02-2014

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    Chairman, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

    Does any museum have experience which they would be prepared to share of successful fund-raising using crowd-sourcing/crowd-funding? If so, I would very much like to hear from you. Thanks.

    Posted by: Christopher Wallace
    on 13-12-2013

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    Display case(s) needed

    The Diving Museum at Gosport needs a conservation grade display case (or two) on loan for 2014. Please contact me directly anytime on tel: 023 9260 2260 or mobile: 07802 785050.

    Posted by: Dr John Bevan
    on 10-12-2013

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    Touring exhibition offer from Hertford Museum

    Free for hire to Accredited Museums: "World of Wallace" - an exhibition to mark the centenary of the death of celebrated naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace. The exhibition includes:
    * Clear and colourful panels exploring how the strange new worlds Wallace discovered informed his groundbreaking theories;
    * A wide range of amazing objects and specimens, many of which were collected by Wallace himself;
    * 4 exciting interactives exploring themes such as warning colouration and the Wallace Line;
    * Hands on learning resources and lesson plans to use with your local schools.
    See www.hertfordmuseum.org/wallace.asp for more information.
    To hire the exhibition, please contact Sara Taylor 01992 582686 - sara.hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

    Posted by: Chris Drake
    on 10-12-2013

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    Museums Practice - back numbers for disposal

    A colleague wishes to dispose of the following issues of Museums Practice: Nos 10-18, 20; Summer, autumn and winter 2003; Spring, summer and winter 2004; Autumn 2006; Summer, autumn and winter 2007; Spring, summer, autumn and winter 2008; Spring, summer, autumn and winter 2009; & Spring 2010. The magazines are free but will need to be collected from Seaford, East Sussex. If interested, please contact Chris Drake, SEWS MDO on chris.drake@brighton-hove.gov.uk

    Posted by: Chris Drake
    on 09-12-2013

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    Objects on offer from East Grinstead Museum

    Hello. We have a number of items which we have identified as not being relevant to our own collection (following a collection review) which we are offering to other museums as we hope use can be made of them elsewhere! They are mainly, but not exclusively, general social history items and can all be viewed on the Museums Associations Find an Object page: http://www.museumsassociation.org/collections/find-an-object?ALL=East+Grinstead+Museum&_IXx.x=53&_IXx.y=14&TYPE=&SORT=%40ascending+%40icase+cms_con_core_description Please get in touch with me (Thursdays and Fridays) for further information.

    Posted by: Jessica Hadfield
    on 06-12-2013

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    Children's clothing on offer from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

    Hi all. Following on from the previous post I have identified further items of clothing - children's clothing - that we wish to dispose of, via free transfer to another museum, from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's collection. Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested for a list of items available and pictures (or have a look on Find an Object: http://www.museumsassociation.org/collections/find-an-object?session=VdE8GP3JS2n&ALL=Ditchling&TYPE=&SORT=@ascending+@icase+cms_con_core_description&_IXx.x=0&_IXx.y=0) We are able to offer items to Accredited Museums on a 'first come first served' basis and to non-Accredited museums initially on a reserve only basis and are asking all recipient museums to either collect items or cover P&P costs. Thanks, Jessica.

    Posted by: Jessica Hadfield
    on 04-12-2013

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    Curator, Cater Museum

    I am looking for a skilled conservator who is experienced in the restoration of an 18th century glass picture frame with gilding. The portrait is in good condition.

    Posted by: Christine Brewster
    on 03-12-2013

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    Clothing items need a new home

    Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has completed a collection review and is now in the process of deaccessioning and disposing of objects which do not fit with its collecting remit; this has been endorsed by the Museums Association, and is in accordance with its ethical guidelines. Items can be viewed on the Museums Association’s Find an Object page: http://www.museumsassociation.org/collections/find-an-object?ALL=ditchling&TYPE=&SORT=@ascending+@icase+cms_con_core_description&_IXx.x=0&_IXx.y=0 Contact Jessica on collection@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk for further details.

    Posted by: Jessica Hadfield
    on 14-11-2013

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    Loan of display cabinets wanted

    The Church in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is planning an event to mark the start of WW1 and would like to borrow some secure display cases to exhibit items that have been loaned to them. Can anyone help?

    Posted by: Julian Hewitt
    on 08-11-2013

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    Stephen Peter Whelan Head of History

    Our collection of WW1 artefacts has grown to the point where we are in desperate need of display cases. Can anyone help?

    Posted by: Stephen Whelan
    on 06-11-2013

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    Who do you use to move museum pieces in Kent?

    The Powell-Cotton Museum needs to move a very large object from one gallery to another. We are looking for a local to Kent art handling company to help us move this large, fragile and extremely weighty item. We'd love some feedback on good firms in the area! Please let us know at inbal.livne@quexmuseum.org, thanks Inbal Livne (collections manager)

    Posted by: Inbal Livne
    on 05-11-2013

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    Display Case disposal - Free to anyone who can collect from Maidstone

    Hi We are in the process of a redisplay and are disposing of a wooden framed display case. It measures 182cm W x 119cm D x 130cm H, with the glass top being 52cm H. It is free to museum or community group who can collect it ASAP from Maidstone Museum. Please contact me directly if you are interested or require any further information on SamanthaHarris@maidstone.gov.uk.

    Posted by: Samantha Harris
    on 28-10-2013

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    Need a digital camera

    The Hampshire Solent Museum Development Office has a Sanyo VPC-X1200 digital camera surplus to requirements. If you’d like it for your museum, please drop me an email to mdo.office@hants.gov.uk explaining how it would benefit your organisation.

    Posted by: Lucy Marder
    on 18-10-2013

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    Sharing experience - Collections Development Panels

    Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service is planning to set up a Collections Development Panel to approve any significant acquisitions and disposals that may be made in the future. The Panel will be made up of representatives from teams across the Service and will base its decisions on specialist advice provided either by staff or external advisors. If you have experience of setting up or sitting on acquisitions and disposals panels, the Service’s Collections Team Manager, Jo Bailey, would really like to hear from you and learn from your involvement.

    Posted by: Jo Bailey
    on 18-10-2013

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    New SEMPD website

    What do you think of the Museum Development Programme's new website?

    Posted by: Sarah Corn
    on 17-10-2013

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