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Royal Society launches Places of Science fund for small museums
The Royal Society is launching a new funding scheme to enable small museums across the UK engage their communities in local science stories.
ViL Project 2017-18
This Surrey, East & West Sussex Museum Development funded opportunity continues with our aim to support museums to develop sustainable practices in volunteer management.
ACE Accreditation Review Update
Here is the latest update from the Arts Council England about the review of Museum Accreditation: 'In January this year we announced that we will be undertaking a review of certain aspects of the...
South East Museum Development receives new round of Arts Council Funding until 2022
Museum Development is delighted to announce it's contiuned support to museums across the South East of England!
Museum Mentor wanted at Tenterden Museum
A new opportunity has arisen for a new mentor to support Tenterden & District Museum
ACE to undertake light-touch review of Museum Accreditation scheme
During 2017, the Arts Council and our UK Accreditation Partners will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.
Opportunities to be a Museum Mentor
Being a Museum Mentor is a great opportunity to broaden your skills, develop new networks and add to your continuous professional development.
Museums from across Kent & Medway get together to hear Museum Development Plans for 2016-17
On Tuesday 8th March, we welcomed over 40 people to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, for the 'Kent & Medway Museum Development Forum' looking at plans for 2016-17.
First look at the Annual Return survey for 2014-15
Background to the South East Museums Annual Return, where it came from, how it was developed, and read a summary of 2014-15 feedback.
So you always meant to be a Mentor…
Many of the smaller, usually voluntary-sector museums in our region don’t have the resources to employ museum professionals. This is where Museum Accreditation Mentors come in.
Now and the future: review of formal learning in the museum sector
Arts Council England (ACE) has commissioned CapeUK to carry out a ‘state of the sector’ review of formal learning in museums in England – and we want to hear your views.
Preventive Conservation offer for Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Medway museums
A new year's message from our Preventive Conservation Officer, Emily Nisbet-Hawkins, offering lots of support, advice, training and resources for museums in Surrey, Sussex, Kent & Medway.
Help improve SPECTRUM: the UK Collection Management Standard
The Collections Trust is consulting widely to check that SPECTRUM: the UK Collection Management Standard still meets the needs of museums large and small. This will inform the next revision, SPECTRUM 5.0, to be published in 2017.
Study visit to 'Mythology' exhibition at Brading Roman Villa
Interested to learn more about successful collaboration between museums and artists? Then join us on Monday 18 January 2016 for an exclusive study visit to the exhibition 'Mythology' at Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight.
AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund - now open for applications!
The AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund is now open for applications. The closing date for the first round is 5 February 2016. The fund is open to AIM member, Accredited (or working towards Accreditation) museums in England and will make investments of between
The 'Mentoring and Museums' Conference is back!
Calling all mentors! Join us in Salisbury on 25 February 2016 to diversify your skillset to support you and your mentees, network with other mentors and exchange good practice methods.
Funded places for Hampshire Solent museums at 'Dance and Museums' Bristol 15 September 2015
The Cultural Partnerships Officer role in the South East Museum Development Programme in Hampshire Solent enable the wider cultural sector to connect and benefit from the collaborative projects.
Hampshire Solent museums: apply for funding to take part in Visitor Finder or Visitor Verdict
As announced at 'Getting to Grips with Audience Data' 5 grants of up to £100 to help your museum improve use of audience data. It's first come, first served!
Collections Trust Conference 2015
The Collections Trust are pleased to announce that their flagship annual conference will be presented at the Natural History Museum on 22 September 2015 in London.
South East museum people recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Kate Arnold-Foster from Reading University, Jenny Kilbride-Roberts of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery and Vicky Dawson of South West Fed amongst those honoured.
Changes to Accreditation advice and support mechanisms
Arts Council England is making changes to the way Accreditation advice and support are delivered to museums across England, and we are delighted to announce that museums in the South East region will...
10 Museum Sector Bodies Publish Statement on Unethical Sale from Museums Collections
"As a group of the key funding, development and membership bodies for the museums sector, we are seriously concerned about cases of unethical sale from museum collections and the targeting of collections as a source of income."
Preventive Conservation assessments and training available for Surrey, Sussex and Kent museums
Opportunity to request a bespoke in-house training day or audit to support your collection care needs.
Art Fund Prize - Museum of the Year 2015 Open to Entries
The purpose of The Art Fund Prize (formerly the Gulbenkian Prize) for museums and galleries is to recognise and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to off
New Museum Accreditation Committee Chair announced
Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, who is currently Head of Collections at the Science Museum and a member of the Science Museum Management Team, has been appointed as the Chair of the Museum Accreditation Committee. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commit
Accreditation Update - November 2014
There is a revised Accreditation form now live on the Arts Council England’s application portal for both new and returning applicants. They have designed it around changes...
Arts Council England announces Museum Development funding
Arts Council England has announced announced the continuation of the South East Museum Development Programme led in the South East and Hampshire Solent by Royal...
South East Museum Development Programme receive ACE grant
It was announced today (Thursday 25th September 2014) that the South East Museum Development Programme, led by the Royal Pavilion & Museums, has been awarded one of 9 museum development grants...
Designation applications will reopen in 2015
The revised Designation scheme, currently in pilot phase, will reopen for applications in spring 2015. Following a consultation, Arts Council England (ACE) is to refocus the scheme on its...
ACE Accreditation Update - August 2014
Our regional Accreditation Advisor, Elaine Sansom, has forwarded the following news about Accreditation: The Accreditation online return and application system will be amended during the week...
Annual Return benchmarking reports on their way to participating museums
Our simple Annual Return is designed to help understand the profile and needs of museums across the region. We use it in our team to make sure that our services meet the needs of the museums we...
Accreditation update, July 2014
Arts Council England (ACE) has issued revised Accreditation guidance documents and Collections Development Template. The standard itself has not changed, the guidance documents are purely...
New Environmental Sustainability Toolkit for small tourism businesses
Museums across the UK can now access an extremely useful and easy to use online toolkit for making small and medium size tourism destinations more environmentally sustainable (and thereby saving...
Reviewing and Rationalising: 'Interesting, practically helpful and relevant from start to finish'
Consultant Emma Chaplin, provided a really useful and enjoyable one-day workshop in Winchester last week. 'Reviewing and Rationalising - steps to making the most of your...
Successful Forward Planning workshop in Southampton
Vicky Dawson, Accreditation Technical Adviser, provided a really useful one day workshop at SeaCity Museum in Southampton last week. 'Planning for the Future: Easy Steps to a Forward Plan'...
The South East Museum Development Programme bid to ACE has been submitted
The South East Museum Development Team is pleased to say that the regional bid to the Arts Council England for funding covering the 2015-18 period, has now been submitted. Thank you to everyone who...
Peer Development Groups launched
Three groups underway. Still openings to join 'Collections care' and 'Display and interpretation'
Accreditation Update, May 2014
Updated guidance documents and CDP Template from Elaine Sansom, Accreditation Adviser (London and the South East) A new version of the Disposal Toolkit and additional guidance on financially...
New Accreditation technical advice provider announced for South West Museums including Hampshire Solent
The South West Museum Development office, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives, has been announced as the new provider for the Accreditation technical advice service for museums in the South West,...
Accreditation advice for Hampshire Solent museums: new arrangements
The new arrangements for Accreditation advice for Hampshire Solent museums have now been confirmed. The new provider for Accreditation advice for museums in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and...
Collections Trust - Welcome to Collections
Collections Trust is an independent organisation that works with museums, libraries, galleries and archives to improve the management and use of their collections. It does this by providing know-how,...
New Disposal Toolkit available from ACE
A new version of the Disposal Toolkit and additional guidance on financially motivated disposal from museum collections has been published. Arts Council England have worked closely on this with the...
Everyone mucks in to help with a practical exercise in salvaging wet collections
On Wednesday 26th February, 14 people from across the county's museums and heritage sites gathered at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham to find out how to manage in the aftermath of an emergency....
Thank you to all who took part in the Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum
This week's Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum drew nearly 50 people to Winchester's Guildhall. After a very thought-provoking keynote from our special guest David Anderson, director general...
Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2013-14 now closed
Bursaries totalling over £12,000 awarded, more than 100 individuals trained
Accreditation Update, January 2014
From Elaine Sansom, Accreditation Adviser (East) Accreditation numbers (changes December 2012 to November 2013) 1,743 museums are now in the Accreditation Scheme. Some museums have exited the...
Hampshire Solent Museums - need assistance to clarify ownership of items in your collection?
Our student volunteering project in partnership with the University of Portsmouth Masters in Corporate Governance and Law can help. Expression of interest deadline 30 January 2014
Hampshire Solent Museums Forum open for booking
The Hampshire Solent Museums Forum is taking place on Monday 3 February 2014 at Winchester Guildhall. It's an open event for all staff, volunteers and trustees of museums in the Hampshire...
Improve your energy efficiency!
Hampshire Solent environmental sustainability project: intensive support package
Museum Mentors event cancelled
We understand that the ACE Accreditation Team are now planning a fuller programme of Museum Mentor support for the new financial year. This means that the SE...
Changes in Accreditation: An update from Samuel Rowlands, (Accreditation Manager)
After a detailed review of the implementation of the revised Accreditation Standard and consideration of feedback received, changes are being implemented to the Accreditation returns programme. These...
Financial Strategy & Governance Workshop
All museum trustees are jointly responsible for their charity – its’ financial activity and charitable compliance. This is the first free workshop being run by South East Museums Development Partnership to help museum trustees feel confident
Review and Recruitment for Your Museum Trustee Board
Getting the right people on your board can be a challenge for many small and medium-sized museums and charities. This workshop will help you face that challenge, to ensure you have the right people on your board now and in the future