Museum Development North West have launched a new Retail Toolbox for museums. The toolbox contains simple tips to help you and your team maximise your gift shop’s potential and has activities contained in five modules that are based on high street retail best practices. It will help you to assess the current situation and give you advice on commercial routines, range planning, visual merchandising and selling.
Working Towards an Audience Development Plan
Presentation from 'Working Towards an Audience Development Plan' workshop delivered by Nicky Boyd as part of the activities of the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Partnerships for Learning: A Guide to Evaluating Arts Education Projects
Partnerships for Learning: A Guide to Evaluating Arts Education Projects. Developed by Felicity Wolf and published by Arts Council England. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Arts Council England Family and Community Focused Toolkit
Arts Council England Family and Community Focused Audience Development Toolkit. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Arts Council England Family Friendly Toolkit
Arts Council England Family Friendly Toolkit. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Belfast City Council Tourism, Culture and Arts Unit: Marketing and Audience Development Toolkit for Arts and Heritage Organisations
Belfast City Council Tourism, Culture and Arts Unit: Marketing and Audience Development Toolkit for Arts and Heritage Organisations. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Arts Derby Audience Development Toolkit
Arts Derby Audience Development Toolkit. Author: Louise Cogman. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
Aging & Mental Health article
The impact of community-based arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia: a systematic literature review by Rhea Younga, Paul M. Camica & Victoria Tischlerb
Sources of Funding for Museums Staff: list from the Association of Art Historians
The AAH promotes the professional practice and public understanding of Art History. They have collated this list of organisations which offer funding for individuals.
Heritage Funding Helpline
Pose a question to a fundraising expert, or gain help with reviewing an application and receive fundraising advice as and when you need it.
Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy Resources
Fundraising resources generated by the Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Includes training event materials, links and tools. Topics include: communicating with donors; developing a case for support; fundraising strategies; donor segmentation.
Materials from the SHOWCASE Conference
Materials from the South East Museum Development Programme's regional conference, SHOWCASE held on Monday 10th November, 2014 at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge.
Materials from Building Engagement: Creating a School Workshop
Materials from the Kent & Medway Building Engagement session, 'Creating a Schools Workshop' held on Tuesday 3rd February, 2015 at Maidstone Museum.
2014 Arts Award Supporter Starter Kit
Trinity College has launched this revised Starter Kit for organisations wanting to become Arts Award Supporters. There is also a new website aimed specifically at Arts Award Supporters.
Materials from The Hampshire Big Theme cross-cultural networking event 26 November 2014
Materials from the the Hampshire Big Theme cross-cultural networking event held at Winchester Discovery Centre on 26 November 2014.
Materials from The Hampshire Big Theme cross-cultural networking event 21 October 2015
Materials from the Hampshire Big Theme cross-cultural networking event held at Winchester Discovery Centre on 21 October 2015.
Materials from Building Engagement: Working with Schools
Materials from the Kent & Medway Building Engagement session, 'Working with Schools' held on Thursday 20th November, 2014 at Maidstone Museum.
Volunteer Management example documents from Royal Engineers Museum
A selection of documents developed by the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive as part of the the Kent Sustainable Volunteering project 2013-14.
Materials from Object TLC Study Visit (Hampshire Solent)
Materials from th Object TLC Study Visit to Hampshire Cultural Trust HQ, Chilcomb House, Winchester on Friday 13 March 2015. Includes links to the Museum of London e-learning that was required prework for the visit.
Materials from Museum2Museum: Volunteer Participation in Preventive Conservation
Materials from the Kent & Medway Museum2Museum session, 'Volunteer Participation in Preventive Conservation' held on Monday 27th October, 2014 at Knole House in Sevenoaks.
AIM Advocacy Toolkit
This new AIM Advocacy Toolkit, supported by Arts Council England, comprises an impact evaluation/assessment framework, which has been tested using evidence from a small number of AIM member museums. The toolkit has been designed to help you measure your own social and environmental impacts and it includes a blank template for your own use.
Toolkit: How to Conduct a Focus Group
This toolkit has been provided to assist people in conducting focus groups. It was developed for a particular research project at Rowan University in the US but is packed with useful guidance that is more widely applicable including how to plan for and conduct focus groups, how to handle difficult situations, and guidelines for effective facilitation and note taking.
Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum
Loads of useful guidance and tools developed by the Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum. Areas covered include: visitor behaviour, evaluation, research techniques, tips for writing texts and labels and much more.
AIM Visitor Verdict
A free visitor experience benchmarking service for AIM members to improve resilience. Provided by AIM in association with its survey partner BDRC Continental with funding from Arts Council England. Especially designed for museums. Results for your museum are anonymously benchmarked against similar museums. Designed to be sustainable at low cost after Sept 2015.
Symposium: Children and World War 1 - programme
This symposium entitled CHILDREN & WORLD WAR ONE: myths, images and engagement will take place on Thursday 23 October at the University of Worcester.
Materials from Museum2Museum: 'New Visions for Museums & Public Health'
Materials from the Kent & Medway Museum2Museum session, 'New Visions for Health & Well-Being' held on Tuesday 30th September, 2014 at The Beaney in Canterbury.
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! - A Guide to Fundraising for Small Organisations
This report was written by nfpSynergy to try and help organisations think about their fundraising with greater realism and to improve their chances of success. It is aimed at small organisations, those (however large) who are just starting to think about raising more voluntary income or anybody else who finds it useful.
Instititute of Fundraising guidance and resources
Fundraising guides (looking at everything from fundraising for individuals, Gift Aid, data protection and solicitation statements through to raffles, auctions and public collections...) 'Five Minute Fundraiser' videos, downloads and links to useful external websites relevant to each fundraising subject area such as events, corporate partnerships and direct marketing.
Project report: 'Improving Environmental Sustainability at Hampshire Solent Museums' 2013-14
In 2013-14, 14 Hampshire Solent museums took part in a project to reduce their environmental impact and their water, waste and energy costs, working with support from Sustainable Business Partnership CIC. Find out what they achieved.
Infographics Toolkit - Re:Fresh Project
This fantastic and easy to use toolkit will help you to produce high quality infographics. This is a simple way of getting your point across and persuading staff, volunteers and trustees of the benefits of improving your displays and visitor experience (and they're great for interpretation too!).
Supporting Discover and Bronze Arts Award in Museums
Two leaflets produced in Cornwall to support Discover and Bronze Arts Award in museums. Please note that they need to be printed and folded to make sense!
Arts Award & Museums - a Case Study
In 2013/14 a group of museums in Cornwall delivered a 12 month programme designed to increase museums’ understanding of and engagement with Arts Award (supported by Arts Council Strategic Support Funds). This paper provides an outline of what they did.
Philosophy for Children - resources and links
Information about Philosophy for Children (P4C) as a learning tool for museums to use with schools and other community groups. P4C is being used successfully ny the Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, Kent.
List of alternative funders
A few suggestions of other organisations you may like to consider when seeking funding.
Preventive Conservation Training request form
Please fill in this form is you are interested in Preventive Conservation training. This could include pest management, storage and packing, preventive conservation, environmental monitoring and basic cleaning of different material types.
Preventive Conservation Assessment request form
Please fill in this form is you are interested in a Preventive Conservation Assessment.
Painting Conservation training - handouts
Handouts on painting conservation delivered on behalf of CSI as part of the Sussex Museums Group remedial conservation project across Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Book & Paper Conservation training - handouts
Powerpoint presentation and supporting handouts from Ruth Stevens on conservation of Books & Paper. Delivered by Ruth on behalf of CSI as part of the Sussex Museums Group remedial conservation project across Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Textile Conservation training - handouts
Powerpoint presentation from Zenzie Tinker on textile conservation. Delivered by Zenzie on behalf of CSI as part of the Sussex Museums Group remedial conservation project across Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Archaeological Objects Conservation training - handouts
Powerpoint presentation and supporting handouts from Dana Goodburn-Browns on conservation of Archaeological Objects. Delivered by Dana as part of the Sussex Museums Group remedial conservation project across Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Cultural Resources for Schools
A database of teaching resources for creative and cultural education. The materials collected here come from some of the nation’s finest arts organisations, museums and education specialists. They are designed to generate creative new ideas and inspire teachers of subjects at Key Stage 1 - 5 across the national curriculum.
Materials from Museum2Museums: Collections Care at the Powell Cotton Museum
Handouts from the Museum2Museum Sharing Skills day led by the Powell Cotton Museum on Monday 17th March 2014.
Materials from Museum2Museum: Why Work With Artists? Why Work With Museums? Handouts
Handouts and documents shared by Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery from the session held on Monday 17th February 2014.
Materials from BOB/Hampshire Solent 'Copyright Essentials' event
Materials from BOB/Hampshire Solent 'Copyright Essentials' event held at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke on 25 February 2014.
MLA guidance: Insurance for Museums
Guidance covering the insurance market, brokers, loss adjusters, risk management, different ways of insuring, understanding the cover etc.
Emergency Planning & Recovery Handouts
Handouts and documents shared by Emma Dadson from Harwell Documentation Recovery Service at the session held on Wednesday 26th February 2014.
Communication Strategies for the Digital Age Handouts
Presentations given by the speakers Agnes Guylas and Kal Sajad in the second of two social media sessions commissioned by the Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme. Friday 17th January 2014.
Emergency Planning E-Learning Tool
Learn about Emergency Planning with Museum of London's free e-learning resource.
Making Boxes for Museum Objects
Do you have that one awkward object which will just not fit into a standard box? Then follow this step by step guide to making a bespoke box for objects of all shapes and sizes.
Introduction to Museum Pests E-Learning Tool
Learn to identify, monitor and control common pests found in museums with Museum of London's free e-learning resource.
Packing Museum Objects for Storage E-Learning Tool
Learn about the packing of museum objects for storage with Museum of London's free e-learning resource.
Environmental Sustainability Tools and Helpline
Environmental Sustainability Tools and Helpline from The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, a not-for-profit organisation, have been working with museums across the South East to help them improve the energy and water efficiency of their premises and minimise waste; saving money and reducing environmental impact.
Handling Museum Objects E-Learning Tool
Learn about the handling of museum objects with Museum of London's free e-learning resource.
Environmental Monitoring Spot Reading Templates
Templates for recording you light and temperature / relative humidity readings
New National Curriculum
A link to the new National Curriculum pages on the government's Department for Education website.
First World War teacher's planning resources
Resources and handouts from a teacher's networking and CPD day held at Dover Castle in November 2013 led by the South East Grid for Learning Associates.
Feasibility Study into Collaborative Purchasing of Goods and Services by Museums
This study was produced for York Museums Trust and Museum Development Programme in Yorkshire.
Archaeological Archive Deposition Policy from Renaissance Yorkshire
Archaeological Archive Deposition Policy for Museums in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Energy Action Group
In the West Midlands a number of museums are taking practical action to introduce energy-efficient steps to reduce their bills and ‘green’ their projects at the same time. Kenneth Shaw describes what DTA Wales’ Energy Buying Group is doing for them.
Frontline Kent What's On data form
Visit Kent's form for all events, activities and exhibitions that you wish to add to the 'Frontline Kent' marketing campaign.
Arts Award Guide 2013
A guide to the Arts Award scheme which is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.
Shifting Perspectives: Opening up museums and galleries to blind and partially sighted people
This helpful book identifies approaches to key aspects of service delivery which can help improve access to museums and galleries for blind and partially sighted people. It was produced as part of CultureLink, a joint programme by RNIB and the MLA to enable blind and partially sighted people to have greater access to museums and heritage sites and play a greater role in the Cultural Olympiad, in 2012.
Welcoming your blind and partially sighted customers
RNIB have written this factsheet especially for leisure organisations, including museums, to give a better understanding of how to make your services more accessible to blind and partially sighted customers.
Succession Planning Framework
This framework will help museum, library and archives services begin to consider and address succession planning issues for their organisation.
Promoting your museum's access and facilities to people with disabilities
If you have worked to make your museum accessible for disabled visitors, then make sure you let people know. Where can you promote your museum to people with disabilities? Here are some websites that give information on arts and heritage venues with disabled access. Some charge for listings, others are free.
Tips and Resources for Museums
A useful booklet for museums, compiled by Rennaissance South East in June 2011.
A Disability Briefing presentation given by Brighton & Hove Council in November 2013.
Hampshire Solent First World War Centenary funding briefing materials
Materials from Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme's First World War Centenary funding briefing held at Carisbrooke Castle Museum on 23 January 2014.
Hampshire Solent First World War Centenary networking event materials
Materials from Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme's First World War Centenary networking event held at Winchester's Guildhall on 23 October 2013.
Kent & Medway First World War Centenary Update event - materials
Materials and presentations from Kent & Medway's Museum Development Programme's First World War Centenary Update event, held at the Royal Engineers Museum on Monday 4th November 2013.
Social Media Essentials Handouts
Presentations given by the speakers Agnes Guylas and Kal Sajad in the first of two social media sessions commissioned by the Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme. Friday 20th September 2013.
SEWS Volunteer Management training Evaluation Report, Sept 2013
The evaluation report from the SEWS Museum Development 2-day volunteer management training, run in March/April 2013 and May/June 2013.
Sussex Museums Group - Remedial Conservation Project Final Report 2013
The Final Report from CSI, who were commission by Sussex Museums Group to deliver a remedial conservation project across Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Medway.
World Stories Final Report 2013
The Final Report of the World Stories South East project, run between November 2012-March 2013 and funded through ACE Strategy Support Fund.
Sustainable Volunteer Project - Museum Resource Guide, 2012
A document full of useful resources that was compiled as part of the South East Renaissance-funded 'Sustainable Volunteering' project run between July 2011-March 2012. Developed by Local Economy Solutions, Dare to Change and Stepping Up Training.
Kent Sustainable Volunteer Project - handouts
Handouts and notes from the Kent 'Sustainable Volunteering' project run between July 2013 - March 2014. Developed by Dare to Change and Stepping Up Training.
Checklist for museums involving volunteers, 2011
A very useful checklist for museums to assess their current use of volunteers. Produced by Reading University, 2011.
Guidelines for including volunteers with disabilities in museum work, 2011
Produced by Reading University, 2011.
Chiltern Open Air Museum - Case Study, 2011
Produced by Reading University, 2011 as part of their Volunteering Project.
Wycombe Museum - Case Study, 2011
Produced by Reading University, 2011 as part of their Volunteering Project.
River & Rowing Museum - Case Study, 2011
Produced by Reading University, 2011 as part of their Volunteering Project.
Museum of English Rural Life - Case Study, 2011
Produced by Reading University, 2011 as part of their Volunteering Project.
Volunteers for Museums - Final Report, 2011
The Volunteer Workforce Development Project Report, Produced by Reading University, March 2011.
UCL Collections Review Toolkit
This toolkit has been put together as a practical guide to help you review your museum collection. It documents the Collections Review process carried out by UCL Museums & Collections from 2007 to 2009, and contains instructions and tips on how to adapt our method for use at your own collection.
Disposal from Museum Collections toolkit and guidance 2014
This new Disposal Toolkit replaces the widely-used Museums Association’s 2008 version. As part of this, additional guidance on financially motivated disposal has also been developed and published by UK partners, based on agreed sector ethics, legal advice and Accreditation case law.
Deaccessioning & Disposals in Small Museums, 2011
Factsheet and classification of terms from Museums & Galleries NWS, 2011.
Heritage Assets - CIPFA Code, 2011-12
Information for Local Authorities and recording their heritage assets.
NOS Volunteer Managers Pocket Booklet, 2010
A useful guide for Volunteer Managers produced by the National Occupation Standards in 2010.
Volunteering in the MLA sector: a discussion, 2010
Produced by the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council, written by Silvia Anton, 2010
Different Stories New Perspectives – Project Booklet, 2010
A community engagement in museums project funded by Renaissance South East. Booklet edited by Helen Derbyshire & Sonia Rasbery, 2010.
Materials from Displays on a Shoestring (Hampshire Solent) [copy]
Materials from Displays on a Shoestring (Hampshire Solent) event held at The Willis Museum Basingstoke on 23 January 2015.
Visitor Finder tools and resources from the Audience Agency. Articles, toolkits and case studies on good practice plus practical techniques on how to use evidence to better engage audiences, effect organisational change and influence stakeholders.
Different Stories New Perspectives – Final Report, 2010
The Final Report, by Sonia Rasbery, 2010 - a community engagement in museums project funded by Renaissance South East.
Guidance on accesible toilets
Recommendations and links. Based on notes provided by Cassie Herschel-Shorland, Access and Museum Design Consultant.
SEWS mental health project - report of phase 1, 2008
Written by Jocelyn Goddard, Natalie Chambers, Neil Goddard, and Rebecca Linley for the Surrey, East & West Sussex Museum Development Service, 2008.
A Passion for Excellence - An Emerging Self-Improvement Strategy for Cultural Services, 2006
A discussion paper representing DCMS's thinking on how the cultural sector can begin to address its own improvement, 2006.
VocalEyes - Coming into Focus
Presentation by Judy Dixey and Roz Chalmers of VocalEyes who make the arts accessible to blind and partially sighted people through the medium of audio description.
Kent Collection Mapping
Created by Jennifer Jackson, Finds Liaison Officer for Kent, for the 'Archaeology in Museums' trianing day. However, this mapping exercise can be used to capture information about any type of collection you hold, not just archaeology.
Josie Gale - FWW Centenary Presentation
Presentation from Josie Gale, (Centenary Programme Museum Liaison Officer for English Regions) describing her role at the Imperial War Museum and about the Imperial War Museum's First World War Centenary Partnership.
Kpontin - Interim Report
Kate Pontin's interim report, May 2013, on her progress towards developing a regional visitor capture framework.
Designing a Poster
As part of the World Stories project, Southampton Arts and Heritage developed various resources to support their Work Experience Programme. Degining a poster is not only a good activity for work experience students, but the tips it provides is useful for anyone embarking on poster design.
Work Experience Programme - supervisor notes
Southampton Arts and Heritage developed a Work Experience Programme as part of the World Stories project. This document gives some useful tips to work experience supervisors. It is part of a larger pack. Please contant Southampton City Council for further details.