How to make tissue puffs
A pictorial guide to making tissue puffs and sausages for safetly packing your collection for storage.
The agents of deterioration
Outlining and agents of deterioration that can affect a museum collection.
Shop Exit Survey
Suggested questions to ask when compiling a shop exit survey, by Chris Walton, Aug 2013.
How to use LinkedIn
Interested in using the LinkedIn social networking site to build relationships for your museum and for yourself? Not sure how to start? Rebecca Clay, Marketing and Audience Development Manager at the Museum of Army Flying, has created a helpful ‘How to’ guide.
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills February 2015
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills event held in London on 4 February 2015.
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills December 2016
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills event held in London on 8 December 2016.
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills October 2015
Materials from SEMDP CPD Event: Mentoring and Coaching Skills event held in London on 1 October 2015.
Online Museum Training: Organising your Collections Store
This training video from Museums Australia Victoria demonstrates ways in which you can organise your collection store. Using examples from the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Victoria Police Museum, a series of photographs showcase best practice techniques.
Online Museum Training: Photographing Collection Items
This training video from Museums Australia Victoria demonstrates ways in which you can use basic equipment to photograph your collection items for documentation and digitisation purposes.
Online Museum Training: Creating a Small Exhibition
Creating a small themed exhibition is a great way to showcase a particular story from your collection without having to rethink your permanent exhibition space. This video from Museums Australia will illustrate how you can create a small one cabinet themed exhibit, or a series of cabinets to create an exhibition.
Materials from Displays on a Shoestring (Hampshire Solent)
Materials from Displays on a Shoestring (Hampshire Solent) event held at The Willis Museum Basingstoke on 23 January 2015.
Materials from Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum 2015
Materials from Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum held at Westgate Hall Southampton on 2 February 2015.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Finance Fundamentals'
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Finance Fundamentals' event held at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum on 16 January 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Making the Most of Social Media' event
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Making the Most of Social Media' event held at the Royal Marines Museum on 11 December 2013.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Becoming an Entrepreneurial Museum'
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Becoming an Entrepreneurial Museum' events held at Gilbert White's House & Garden & The Oates Collection on 27 January 2014 and at Brading Roman Villa on 28 January 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'UTILISE - energy, waste and water efficiency' sharing event
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'UTILISE - energy, waste and water efficiency' project sharing event held at Winchester's Military Museums on 27 March 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Artsmark and Museums'
Materials from Hampshire Solent ''Artsmark and Museums' event held at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery on 4 March 2014.
Hampshire Solent Development Grants: How to Claim
Instructions and documentation for successful applicants claiming a Hampshire Solent Development Grant.
Materials from Hampshire Solent Documentation Basics Study Visit
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Documentation Basics Study Visit' event held at Chilcomb House Winchester on 4 December 2013.
Materials from Hampshire Solent Creative Use of Collections sharing event
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Creative Use of Collections' sharing event held at the Mary Rose Museum on 18 November 2013.
Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel Minutes
Agreed minutes of meetings of the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel.
Materials from Hampshire Solent LAINet curriculum change meeting 29 April 2014
Materials from Hampshire Solent LAINet 'Curriculum change' meeting held at the SEARCH in Gosport on 29 April 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Audience research, consultation and evaluation' workshop, 21 October 2014
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Audience research, consultation and evaluation' workshop, led by Nicky Boyd and held at the Winchester Discovery Centre on 21 October 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent LAINet 'Museums for All' seminar 29 September 2014
Materials from Hampshire Solent LAINet 'Museums for All' seminar held at Basing House on 29 September 2014.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Teaching History in Primary Schools' event
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Teaching History in Primary Schools' event held at the Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson on 14 November 2013.
All Change Please, July 2011
A report produced by Renaissance South East based on the evidence gatehred from a regional strategic needs analysis of museums. July 2011.
Mentoring: Making it Work for You
Committed to improving your knowledge, skills and practice? Find out more about mentoring and how to make it work for you in this handy guide from SE MDP.
Materials from Hampshire Solent Peer Development Groups Launch 22 May and 27 June 2014
Materials from the launch of the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme's five Peer Development Groups: Audience development; Collections care; Display and interpretation; Emergency preparedness; Retail
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Planning for the Future: Easy Steps to a Forward Plan' Event 16 June 2014
Materials, resources and links from 'Planning for the Future: Easy Steps to a Forward Plan' Accreditation training event facilitated by Vicky Dawson and delivered in collaboration between the South West and South East Museum Development teams on 16 June 2014 at SeaCity Museum, Southampton.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Reviewing and Rationalising - steps to making the most of your Collections' Event 11 July 2014
Materials, resources and links from 'Reviewing and Rationalising - steps to making the most of your Collections' Accreditation training event facilitated by Emma Chaplin and delivered in collaboration between the South West and South East Museum Development teams on 11 July 2014 at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester.
Materials from Hampshire Solent 'Caring for Paper-Based Collections' Event 6 March 2015
Materials and resources from 'Caring for Paper-Based Collections' on 6 March 2015 at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester.
Museums Association diversify toolkit
Practical guidance and advice for employers in the museum sector on introducing positive-action schemes and creating a diverse workforce
Working with Diverse Audiences - Engage
Pack designed for museum educators exploring how to work with diverse audiences
MLA Self-Assessment Checklist: Cultural Diversity
Self-assessment tool to help museums, libraries and archives to develop an understanding of their current practice and to encourage positive developments in relation to cultural diversity.
VisitEngland Market Research
VisitEngland publishes useful research into tourism and leisure markets that museums can use both to inform their planning and to provide evidence for advocacy and funding applications. Available reports cover a wide range of topics including: future domestic leisure trends, the impact of the economic downturn on tourism behaviour; visitor satisfaction; and the potential of the 'staycation' phenomenon.
MLA Access for All Toolkit
Self-assessment toolkit designed to enable organisations to develop effective strategies for examining current performance, identify areas for improvement and develop more accessible and inclusive policies and practices.
Basic Access Checklist
A 3-page tick-box check list to start you on the right track on assessing access issues in your museum. This check list is for guidance only it does not constitute a full access audit.
Quick Access Checklist for Volunteer-based Museums
Based on MLA Access for All Self-Assessment Toolkit. This checklist is not definitive; there are always more things organisations can do to improve their services and practices. What follows however is a series of questions for you to consider so your organisation is as positive as possible in serving the widest range of people.
HLF: Thinking about Audience Development
Guidance to help you think about audience development – that is how you can engage more people, and a wider range of people, with heritage.
HLF: Making your project accessible for disabled people
Guidance to help you think about how to improve every aspect of your heritage project so that disabled people, be they visitors, volunteers or staff, can engage as fully as non-disabled people. It provides good practice relating to capital works and activities.
'Sounding out your heritage' best practice toolkit
Best practice toolkit to help care professionals and heritage educators understand the positive impact of informal heritage learning for the over 60s, including those with dementia, and show them how they can develop programmes of learning activity.
Thinking about starting a museum?
Discussion guide and workbook on museums and heritage project published by Museums Alberta. Museums protect our heritage for the future but too often they are opened without the resources or commitment needed to be self-sustaining.There are many ways to preserve and share your heritage that are alternatives to starting a museum. This booklet aims to help you to make an informed decision about which model best suits your community.
Work Experience Programme - pack contents list
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.
Developing an Audience Research Approach
Useful blog post by Jessica Suess, Partnership Officer, Oxford University Museums, on the Oxford Aspite website, sharing their experience of starting from scratch with a new audience evaluation system. The blog explores the different research methods used and how they ensure that activity takes place that specifically responds to audience research.
How to write an audience development plan
'How to write an audience development plan - issues to consider, research to conduct.' Article by Ben Gammon consultant and prior Head of Audience Development, Science Museum, from Museum ID
Quick access checklists for small, volunteer-based museums
Concise access checklists for small, volunteer-based museums developed by Lyn Gash, Museum Development Manager, Suffolk County Council based on the MLA Access for All Self-Assessment Toolkit. These are simplified tools designed for museums just starting to improve their accessibility. Larger museums, or small ones that are further along their journey to improved access, should use the more comprehensive tools in the MLA toolkit.
The Opportunity of Devolved Governance for Museums, Libraries and Archives
This 2010 paper is intended to act as a think piece to stimulate debate around the concept of devolved governance for museums, libraries and archives. It outlines the range of devolution models that MLA considers applicable to museums, libraries and archives and the potential it considers such models offer to the sector.
Governance Options Appraisal, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
An example of a governance options appraisal, conducted for a local authority.
Briefing on the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Article by James Carleton and Rebecca Fry of Farrer & Co on Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), the new corporate vehicle designed exclusively for and available only to charities, published in the Spring 2013 issue of Historic House: The Historic Houses Association Magazine.
Charity Commission publication RR10: Museums and Art Galleries
Provides guidance on the need for a museum or art gallery to satisfy a criterion of merit in order to be recognised as charitable.
Delivering Culture and Sport More Efficiently
Guidance from the Local Government Association about new ways of delivering culture and sport services. Includes guides on externalising services, social enterprise, devolved governance for museums, libraries and archives and transfer of local authority heritage assets.
Data Protection Advice and Guidance for Charities from Information Commissioner’s Office
Are you collecting personal data for marketing, research or fundraising purposes? The ICO website has loads of advice and resources to help you ensure that your museum meets its responsibilities to look after the information you hold properly.
GEM (Group for Education in Museums)
Website of the GEM (Group for Education in Museums), a community of professionals who work in the field of education in museums. It contains news, resources, links, notice of events and much more.
Visitor Studies Group
Website of the Visitor Studies Group, a community of professionals who work in the field of visitors studies in a range of cultural and natural heritage organisations. It contains news, resources, links, notice of events and much more.
Searchable database that you can use to find comparable statistics on local areas. Coverage includes health, deprivation, economy and education.
SWFed resources on audience research, consultation and evaluation
Loads of useful guidance and tools developed or collated by the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.
Care of photographs by Susie Clark & Franziska Frey
In 1999, the sale of digital cameras exceeded that of all other types of camera together for the first time. Already collections are beginning to amass work that has been produced digitally. How will these images be preserved for the future? Conventional photographic collections are already being digitised under the criteria of access and preservation. What kind of impact is this having on photographic collections?
Object Condition Assessment Framework
Framework devised and used by the team at the National Trust property, Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Donation Boxes in Museums
This AIM Quick Guide will support you with the box design, placement and promotion of your donation boxes, plus it offers tips on donation amounts and Gift Aid too.
CultureHive is a free resource to help you discover and share best practice in cultural marketing and fundraising, managed by the Arts Marketing Association.
Culture Segments is a sector-specific segmentation system for culture and heritage organisations. Its objective is to provide the sector with a shared language for understanding the audience, with a view to targeting them more accurately, engaging them more deeply, and building lasting relationships. This guide introduces the Culture Segments system, and explains each segment’s motivations and habits, allowing you to begin applying it in your own marketing work. By Morris Hargreaves McIntyre via CultureHive.
Recruiting volunteers - advice from KnowHow NonProfit
Guidance on what you need to do before you recruit and the the process you need to go through to find the best volunteers for your organisation.
Arts Award case study - Project Dinosaur
The aim of this project was to connect the Museum of Natural History to a group of young people who would not otherwise be able to access its collections. By building Arts Award into the project, it enabled young people to build on their existing skills and gain accreditation during their stay in hospital.
Cultural Commissioning Resources from Know How Non Profit
The Cultural Commissioning Programme has collated a range of resources for those wanting to engage in public service commissioning and for commissioners such as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS and others wanting to work with arts and cultural providers. Lots of useful information for arts and cultural organisations wanting to engage in public service commissioning (also for public service commissioners wishing to use arts and cultural providers to secure better outcomes) is presented on the Know How Non Profit website.
Cultural Commissioning Resources from NCVO
The Cultural Commissioning Programme has collated a range of resources for those wanting to engage in public service commissioning and for commissioners such as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS and others wanting to work with arts and cultural providers. The resources include guidance and case studies and are presented on the NCVO website.
The Charity Forum
Southampton-based law firm Paris Smith has launched a free-to-join forum to champion the exchange of information and ideas between chief executives and trustees of charities, Paris Smith and a select team of professionals with experience in the sector.
Evaluation Planning Toolkit
Evaluation is a way to help you understand and show others whether your work has met or exceeded your expectations. Evaluation planning should be built in at the beginning of your project planning. This toolkit published by Essex Museum Development and prepared for them in 2015 by Pippa Smith of Handling the Past, provides guidance and templates to help museums to evaluate their projects effectively.
Legal Issues and Volunteering: Sources of Information
This briefing published by the South West Museum Development Partnership and prepared for them in 2013 by Felicity Dwyer and Maggie Piazza of Stepping Up Training, provides links to further sources of information on a variety of issues related to volunteering and the legal framework.
Volunteer Management Toolkit
This toolkit published by Essex Museum Development and prepared for them in 2015 by Pippa Smith of Handling the Past, provides guidance and templates to help museums to recruit, retain and develop volunteers and trustees.