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Kent & Medway Newsletter August 2017

Museum Development Grant Programmes

A reminder about our Development Grant scheme supporting Accredited, and Working Towards Accreditation, museums. The closing date to apply is the 1st December 2017. The maximum amount available is £2,000 per organisation or network.  Find out more...

The Business Innovation Fund encourages museums to experiment and take risks to create new business services and products. Seed funding, of up to £500, to test an idea or pilot a new scheme, is available. Find out more.... 

The Ready to Borrow Capital Grant Scheme supports capital improvements which enable a museum to develop its loans programme in the future; and which ultimately adds to the infrastructure of the region.

Your museum doesn’t need to have a specific loan item in mind from a national museum or major partner museum; nor is obtaining or applying for GIS an essential criteria to securing a small grant.

We are working with the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) to provide support to museums looking to apply. It is recomended that museums who wish to apply attend one of the TEG 'Preparing to Borrow' training sessions (next available 9th October 2017, London, spaces limited). TEG are looking for two museums to be mentored during this process. Find out more...  

Documentation Backlogs training

Monday 11th September 2017, Maidstone Museum, 1-4pm.

This is a half day training session for museums in Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex to hear from Collections Trust about how to resolve documentation backlogs.

Accredited museums must have a plan to resolve their documentation backlogs (requirement 2.5). Many museums do not have a sufficient inventory of their collections, leaving themselves open to security risks and uncertain ownership, and struggle to understand the minimum information required when tackling this backlog.

As well as best practice and resolving basic inventory backlogs, documentation planning helps museums improve and enhance their records and focus resources, so that their collections can contribute to different engagement activities.

In this workshop, we will explore the minimum level of inventory information needed for each object (or group of objects), to ensure accountability. We will also discuss developing appropriate documentation plans, working towards a number of priorities, including challenges and next steps.

Security Reviews for Accreditation

Accredited museums must obtain expert and objective security advice for collections at least every five years and plan to implement any recommendations (section 2.8). This is increasingly becoming an issue as museums approach their Accreditation return date and their security reviews are due for renewal. However, the Police can no longer offer this as part of their service and museums need to look elsewhere.

As a result of this we are keen to find out if there are museums, particularly in west Kent, who might be interested in sharing a day with their neighbours for a session with a consultant security advisor to help them meet this Accreditation requirement.

Please contact joanna.low@brighton-hove.gov.uk to indicate your interest.

An alternative to a consultant is the option to use the Collections Trust security toolkit with a police community support officer, a retired police officer or similar.

BAFM Regional Conference

Tuesday 12th September 2017, Maidstone Museum, 10.30-4pm - FREE

The British Association of Friends of Museum's Regional Conference this year is focused on 'Young People as Friends'.

Conservation Resource Bank

Now that spring has finally arrived and the sun has started to appear, light levels within collection spaces can change and increase. If you are worried about your light levels, there are Lux Bugs available to borrow as well as some blue wool dosimeters for more discreet monitoring. Have a look on the Conservation Resource page of our website to download a request form.

ACE Mapping of Museum Data survey

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’. The study aims to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector. It includes mapping existing data collection, as well as identifying issues and making recommendations for future data collection. As part of the scoping study, a survey of museums across England is being carried out to ensure that the perspectives of individual museums and museums services form an important part of the consultation process.

This survey provides you with the opportunity to contribute your views on these issues, and help inform and influence future data collection arrangements. The deadline for submitting survey responses is Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

Training coming up

Postponed: 17th October 2017 - Care of Plastics, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Week commencing 27th November - Salvage Training, date and venue to be confirmed

6th December 2017 - Accreditation Plans, venue to be confirmed

11th January 2018 - Review and rationalisation collections, venue to be confirmed

5th February 2018 - Choosing a Collection Management System and how it links with the new SPECTRUM 5.0.

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A reminder about our Development Grant scheme supporting Accredited, and Working Towards Accreditation, museums. The closing date to apply is the 1st December 2017. The maximum amount available is £2,000 per organisation or network.  Find out more...

The Business Innovation Fund encourages museums to experiment and take risks to create new business services and products. Seed funding, of up to £500, to test an idea or pilot a new scheme, is available. Find out more.... 

The Ready to Borrow Capital Grant Scheme supports capital improvements which enable a museum to develop its loans programme in the future; and which ultimately adds to the infrastructure of the region.

Your museum doesn’t need to have a specific loan item in mind from a national museum or major partner museum; nor is obtaining or applying for GIS an essential criteria to securing a small grant.

We are working with the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) to provide support to museums looking to apply. It is recomended that museums who wish to apply attend one of the TEG 'Preparing to Borrow' training sessions (next available 9th October 2017, London, spaces limited). TEG are looking for two museums to be mentored during this process. Find out more...  

Job opportunities

Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive

Assistant Curator

Permanent, Full time. Salary scale £19,346-20,883 pro rata with pension and other benefits.

REMLA has a large and varied Designated collection ranging from armoured vehicles, blueprints of military ports to early Ordnance Survey maps, including an extensive photography archive and large ethnographic object collection. It is currently delivering and fundraising for a series of projects to improve access, enhance gallery interpretation, research and learning opportunities for visitors.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20th August 2017.

Local Funding

Don't forget the "Inside Track" newsletter, produced by Kent County Council, which contains the latest information on national, regional and local sources of funding.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2017 - Planning and Sharing Event

Tuesday 5th September, Maidstone Museum

Do you want to raise the aspirations of young people in your museum and overcome some of the hurdles that stop young people coming to your museum? Then come along to a Planning and Sharing event for Takeover Day 2017 – the day when young people and children nationwide are given powerful, meaningful, decision-making roles within museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites.

Pulling Together: Collections Trust Conference 2017

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2017

The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York

Being responsible for collections management can feel like ploughing a lone furrow. But it’s actually a museum-wide task that needs everyone to pull together – from the governing body to the people on the front desk.

This year’s Collections Trust conference considers the human side of documentation systems, the people who capture and share information that gives museum objects meaning.

Collections Trust Award 2017 – £2,000 cash prize

The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. This year, for the first time, that well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £2,000 for the winning museum. The closing date is Monday 4th September.

Advice for small charity Trustees

Being a trustee of a small charity comes with many challenges. The National Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has outlined recommendations for being a trustee in a new paper: 'How to overcome key challenges'. Three key challenges covered in the paper are: coping with limited funds and staff capacity; balancing governance and operational roles; and attracting new talent and keeping the board energised.

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