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Opportunity to join our local Museum Development Advisory Panel in Hampshire Solent
Four times a year, we consult with our panel of museum people from Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight to make sure our programme delivery remains relevant and effective. Join the panel and help support and shape our delivery.
'Museums in the UK' report from the Museums Association
The report summarises details on museum finances, audiences, outreach, the museum workforce and the economic impact of museums, based on our recent survey of over 450 museums across the UK.
RelevantNow: PR support, free for charities
Create your own media list, get help writing a release/social media post, and then distribute it fast and easily.
Research confirms that arts and culture help combat loneliness among older people
ACE reveals new research findings showing the positive impact arts and culture can have on older people
The ‘H’ word: Uncovering public perceptions on Heritage
On Wednesday 4th November, Katharine Peacock, ComRes Managing Director, presented exclusive research at the 7th Heritage Alliance debate to 180 professionals from the heritage sector looking at what the word ‘heritage’ means to the public.
Researchers quantify the intrinsic value of culture
Researchers believe they have hit on a robust way of quantifying how much people’s lives are improved by arts and culture. They hope their techniques will help arts organisations to better demonstrate their value and policymakers to make better dec
We think #culturematters, do you?
The Art Council's new film is a fast paced, show reel style film that celebrates arts and culture in England.
'Museums Matter' advocacy document available to support your museum to 'make the case'
The National Museum Directors' Council's (NMDC) new document Museums Matters sets out the case for investment in museums ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Museums Matter illustrates how public investment in museums of all si
Share your ideas for a new cultural programme
News from the DCMS blog, authored by Ed Vaizey, invites you to share your ideas and support the White Paper.
Do you Love Museums?
I Love Museums is a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums by empowering the public to share why museums are important to them.
The Inspiring Learning for All framework is back!
The Inspiring Learning for All framework helps the arts and culture sector to capture and evidence their impact by identifying generic learning and social outcomes for individuals and communities
Find out what Lottery Grants have been awarded in your area
Find out about what organisations in your area have received Lottery grants and what the money was spent on with an online tool from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Shortlist announced for Museums + Heritage Awards 2015
The hundreds of entries have been discussed, debated and deliberated by the M+H judging panel and the shortlist is now available to view!
The AHI Discover Heritage Awards 2015 are now open for entry
The Association for Heritage Interpretation 'Discover Heritage Awards 2015' for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland are now open for entry.
New Arts Council publication, 'The Economic Impact of Museums in England'
Museums have a major impact to local and national economies. With continued support from Local Authorities, DCMS and other public and private funders, museums can play an ever more important role in our economy and communities. This report examines the ec
South East Museum Development Programme launch this year's Annual Return data collection
This year, we have teamed up with other Museum Development providers in England, adopting a shared approach that will help demonstrate, and prove, the social and economic importance of museums both locally and regionally, to funders and stakeholders.
AIM Advocacy Toolkit: Evidencing Social and Environmental Impacts of Museums
AIM has published a new Advocacy Impact Toolkit to support museums of all types in making their own cases for the many ways in which they benefit the public, their communities and society. The...
The Kent Charity Awards
A new awards scheme covering the whole of Kent, has been launched. The aim of the awards is to showcase and reward the hard work and perseverance of charities/voluntary groups and their staff; all...
Measuring Up and the Inspiring Impact Hub
Two recently launched free online impact-measurement tools for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations are estimated to save the sector more than...
New Museums Association rep for the South East
We are delighted to hear that Janita Bagshawe, Director of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, is now the Museums Association representative for the South East. A note from Janita:...
Sharing good practice in Kent & Medway through Museum2Museum sessions
Opportunities to hear from your fellow museum colleagues from across the county.
Congratulations to the region's winning museums at the Museums + Heritage Awards
Held in London on the evening of Wendesday 14th May, staff and volunteers from museums across the country and overseas, attended the annual Museums + Heritage Awards. The South East Museum...
'Frontline Kent' Plans for commemorating the First World War Centenary in Kent are coming together
As many of you know, last March the Museum Development Programme in Kent & Medway held a First World War themed networking session (with a follow up held in November). ...
Thanks for completing your Annual Return
Data from 80 museums - beginning to build the evidence base for the region's museums
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...
The BBC wants to cover your 'Museums at Night' event
Culture24 is close to reaching an agreement with the BBC to broadcast coverage of the 2014 Museums at Night festival on national & local television, radio and online. At this stage they are...
Calling all Kent Coastal Towns - contribute to Screen South's World War 1 website
Screen South are the successful recipients of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop a website to promote the history and events across 19 coastal towns in Kent. The website will contain location...
'Frontline Kent' - share your First World War plans with the nation
The Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme has been working with Visit Kent, Culture24 and the Imperial War Museum to devise a 'one stop' events form to capture all your plans for the...
Measuring the Impact of the Arts
How do you measure and evidence the impact of your work? A New Direction, Arts Inform, The Barbican, The Roundhouse The Lyric and The Royal Opera House, alongside London Transport Museum, The...
Advocacy Toolkit from ACE
Arts Council England are asking for help in making the case for public subsidy for arts and culture - by signposting you to their advocacy toolkit. The toolkit is a one-stop shop for useful...
Successful networking at FWW in Kent & Medway update session
The Museum Development Programme for Kent & Medway held a successful First World War update session at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive on Monday 4th November. The session was...
Arts Council England launches updated strategy
Arts Council England has launched a refreshed version of its 10 year strategic plan, Great art and culture for everyone, bringing together its remit for the arts with that for museums and libraries...
New Philanthropy Capital’s Well-Being Measure
NPC's Well-being Measure is an online survey-based tool that measures how children feel. It has been fully validated. It's a practical way of quantifying your...
British Council study tour to Brazil: an invitation to join
As part of the ‘Transform’ programme, which aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil, the British Council will be running a study tour to Brazil from 26 October to...
An exciting opportunity for museums in Swale & Medway
The Creative People and Places (CPP) programme (see: http://creativepeopleplace.info/) and the University of Kent are working together with a group of Music and Performance students at the university...