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Job Opportunity: Exhibition and Interpretation Officer
Elmbridge Museum is looking for a creative, innovative and dynamic professional to continue to develop our outreach and online exhibition programme, focusing on making the collections more accessible to the local community and bringing the history of the
Can the University of Brighton help your organisation with consultancy/research resources?
The University of Brighton, the Brighton Business School now has a module that aims to help final year students develop their employability and consultancy skills through the completion of a business/consultancy project.
'Queer Legacies' Conference, Royal Pavilion & Museums in Brighton on 7 March 2018
There are now only three weeks left until the 'Queer Legacies conference' at Brighton Museum!
Britain on Film on Tour
Britain on Film on Tour is a brand new series of archive film programmes for your cinema, film club, museum, archive, or community space.
Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW) survey
Take part! A museum & heritage sector survey which maps existing practice around health and wellbeing activities
MA publishes Manifesto for Tolerance and Inclusion
The manifesto provides museums with a statement on ethical values and practical actions in a changing social and political landscape
Largest national programme on Future of Volunteering for museums launches
A two-year Arts Council England-funded programme to help museums attract the next generation of volunteers is launching with two regional seminars in London and the North West in January.
The Big Draw invites you to get involved in this national campaign!
Find out how museums can take part in the world's largest celebration of drawing!
Be part of Fun Palaces 2016: Year of the Maker
Fun Palaces is an annual, free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture, driven by localism,
How can arts and culture improve our public services?
'Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production' report introducing models to help public sector work collaboratively with museums and others to deliver local outcomes
Young Leaders Training Programme - Call for Applications
A training programme for young museums and cultural professionals aspiring to become leaders in their institutions/sector and drive forward necessary change
Giving to Heritage Programme continues for another 12 months
The Heritage Alliance has announce that it has been awarded £250,000 under the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Catalyst Umbrella programme to extend Giving to Heritage for another 12...
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.
Register with Culture24 for the next Museum at Night festival
The next Museums at Night event registration deadline ahead of the May 2016 festival is next Friday 18 March.
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
Learning from the Creative People & Places Programme
The Creative People and Places (CPP) fund focuses on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. The aim is to increase the likelihood that people will participate. In the South East, the Swale & Medway
Free training to build on Volunteer Engagement
From January to March 2016 Tickbox are providing free support and training to a limited number of orgnanisations to create or build on their Volunteer Engagement. This is part of a Volunteer Makers pilot project to prove demand for Volunteer Makers befor
Visitor Finder merges with free Audience Finder database
Introductory scheme 'Visitor Finder' comes to an end in March 2016 and is now closed to new applicants. Museum can still join the broader Audience Finder programme free.
National Alliance for Museums, Health and Welbeing Survey
Take part! A museum & hertiage sector survey which maps existing practice around health and wellbeing activities
Can you make a Fun Palace event combining art and science?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to make a Fun Palace. The Guidelines are that it is Free, Local, Innovative, Transformative and Engaging.
Are you ready for Takeover Day on 20th November?
'Takeover Day' is an exciting and highly successful event with children and young people all over the UK taking charge of museums, galleries and heritage sites. This year the event will be taking place again on 20thNovember and you are invited to be part
Paul Hamlyn Foundation launches new web resource
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making Foundations, has launched a new web resource to support the embedding of participation in museums and galleries.
Happy Museum launches it's five-year plan
Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has brought together thinking around well-being and sustainability and investigated the particular role of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.
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
Help shape the future of Kent's Community Mental Health and Wellbeing service
Kent County Council (KCC) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Kent and to improve public health outcomes particularly in Kent’s most deprived communities.
LAINet news from Eileen Clegg: 'Maker Movement in Museums; practical way to bring technology into museums'
This time Fort Nelson was host to LAINet’s latest training event. Paul Clifford demonstrated how cheap electronics can make anything interactive, including fruit. Helen Sinnamon demonstrated Lego Mindstorms, programmable Lego robots.
Trust and Values Survey
You are invited to participate in the data collection for a doctoral research project: Trust in the Museum – aligning the organisation’s values internally and externally. This research is...
Get Creative: a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity
Get Creative is a BBC initiative that celebrates world-class arts, culture and creativity that happens every day across the UK - and they want you to get involved.
Petersfield Museum purchase historic police station for expanded museum and tourism hub
The Police Station together with the Courthouse, which currently houses the Museum, to create a unique Victorian Justice Heritage Site, in which will be displayed the Museum’s existing collections together with those from Hampshire Constabulary H
A great year for the Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2014-15
Bursaries totalling over £9,000 awarded, 96 individuals trained in more than 20 organisations
Exploring 'Gateways to the First World War'
On Friday 16th January, over 50 of us gathered at the University of Kent to hear from the 'Gateways' team. We heard from Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, who introduced the...
Shout out for the value of your heritage!
This year’s Heritage Counts publication is now available and this is your chance to discover the real value of heritage.
Museums pick up tips on how to work with schools
On Thursday 20th November 2014, a group of museum staff and volunteers came together for the 'Working with Schools' training day (as part of the Kent-wide 'Building Engagement' Programme).
Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making
The Crafts Council has launched a national Education Manifesto for Craft and Making. It’s begun well, with this letter in the Times; please follow the link (or read below) for further details,...
International Jodi Awards for Accessible Digital Culture - Call for Applications
Applications for the Jodi Awards 2015 are now invited. The Jodi Awards recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access to information, collections, learning and creativity for...
Engaging with teenagers
The December edition of Museum Practice is looking at how museums can engage teenagers – from welcoming them in as visitors to developing learning and outreach programmes. Cases studies which...
The Visitor Studies Group Conference - call for Proposals
Call for Proposals - deadline: 21 November 2014 The annual VSG conference is a two-day event which aims to provoke and stimulate debate on key issues in Visitor Studies. Each year it brings together...
Kids in Museums - takeover packs are available to order!
It’s great to see that so many organisations are registered for Takeover Day 2014 and they can still register by visiting the Takeover Day page. There are several free resources available to...
Mind, body, spirit: How museums impact health and wellbeing
This new publication, born out of a year-long action research project, Museums, Health and Wellbeing, focused around the creation of a network of museums in the East Midlands region and funded by...
Takeover Day 2014
It’s not too late to get involved this year! Please see below for some creative solutions that will let you get involved with the biggest national initiative of children and young people across...
The British Museum - final call for Partners
The British Museum is making a final call for partners for its HLF Skills for the Future-funded 'Learning Museum' programme, ahead of the 15th October deadline. They are particularly keen to...
Working with Young People in Museums - toolkit from the National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland has developed a Tool-kit for Working with Young People in Museums which draws on their experience of a two year national project, Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place,...
Final round of Treasure Plus funding announced
The third and final round of the Art Fund's Treasure Plus funding programme is now open for applications. Treasure Plus aims to deepen public engagement with items of treasure and related...
Poetry meets archaeology meets museums in Kent
Four Kent & Medway museums, (Dartford, Rochester Guildhall, Maison Dieu and Canterbury Roman Museum) are all key stopping places for poet Dan Simpson when he sets out later this month. Dan...
#AskACurator Day - global event on 17 September 2014
#AskACurator is an all day event on 17 September 2014 and offers people a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues they normally don’t have access to. #AskACurator is...
Fareham Museum wins 'Safer Place' award
Does your museum maximise its social impact by offering a warm welcome to vulnerable people? The 'Safer Places' scheme aims to provide vulnerable people, and particularly those...
Culture24 - latest initiative for generating new visitors and income
It’s not too late to sign up to Culture24’s latest initiative for generating new visitors and income for museums and galleries, through this exciting new business model. In conjunction...
UCL launches Museums on Prescription
A team of University College London (UCL) researchers has been awarded funding to explore the value of role of museums in social prescribing. The scheme will complement existing social prescription...
Parliament in the Making - get involved in 2015
There are opportunities for museums, libraries and arts organisations to get involved in the 'Parliament in the Making' initiative next year - especially those interested in politics, social...
University of Kent launches 'Gateways to the First World War' and want to hear from you
'Gateways to the First World War', is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict....
Heritage Lottery Fund investment to transform MERL
The Museum of English Rural Life has received a confirmed award of £1,798,200 for the Our Country Lives project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can read the official announcement from the...
Arts Award: New edition Bronze, Silver and Gold adviser toolkit
The 4th edition of the adviser toolkit was made available at Arts Award training in March. If you trained as an adviser before March 2014, you will need to refresh your toolkit with the updated pages...
Dover Museums & Arts Group 'Grants for the Arts' project application success
Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) and Dover Arts Development (DAD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England and Kent County Council for a new project....
Peer Development Groups launched
Three groups underway. Still openings to join 'Collections care' and 'Display and interpretation'
Hampshire Military Museums Network plans for the future
Strong commitment to shared learning, events and collaboration
Call for papers - Refloating the Ark: Connecting the public and scientists with natural history museums
Proposals for papers and presentations are now invited for this two-day meeting at the Manchester Museum 19–20 June 2015. Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2014. The meeting will...
Register your event for Children’s Art Week 2014!
Children's Art Week (16 - 22 June 2014) will shine a spotlight on the many organisations that create opportunities for children and young people to experience the visual arts together with...
Museum Partners sought for Horizon 2020 Science programme
The Frederick University in Cyprus is looking for partners in science museums in order to submit a project proposal under the HORIZON 2020 programme - Science with and for Society - under the...
LAINet news from Clare Barnes: Hampshire Solent museums and the new Primary History curriculum
Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum and a member of the LAINet (Learning Access and Interpretation Network) steering group, provides an update on what LAINet has...
Islamic Art and Material Culture: Subject Specialist Network
The Subject Specialist Network is now on Facebook and Twitter - please join and help them to spread the word! The hash tag #mapIslam is used for anything related to the mapping project and...
Age Collective – Manifesto for Age Friendly Museums
Age Collective is a partnership project between the British Museum, Glasgow Life (Glasgow Museums), Manchester Museum and National Museums Northern Ireland. The Age Collective Manifesto for Age...
UK Disability History Month
UK Disability History Month runs each year - this year it will take place from 22 November - 22 December. The aim is to get disability history heard, seen, accepted and celebrated in the...
People’s Millions - open for applications
The Big Lottery Fund and ITV have launched the People's Millions public voting competition for 2014. This year organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for projects that help communities...
engage: the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Residency
engage is currently inviting galleries, museums and visual arts venues throughout the United Kingdom to submit proposals to host the 2015 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist in...
CBA Festival of Archaeology 12 - 27 July 2014
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) invites you to take part in the Festival of Archaeology 2014 runs from 12-27 July! Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival...
Renaissance strategic support funding for Jane Austen's House Museum
Project to develop programming for the low season
Add your activities to the Hampshire1914 website
New web form makes promoting your museum's centenary exhibitions and events easy
Get your event in the Museums at Night brochure
Museums at Night is a national campaign led by Culture24, showcasing the UK's vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. It is funded by Arts Council England,...
HLF Anniversaries funding – open for business!
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) £10 million anniversaries funding scheme has now fully opened and is being supported by on-line guidance and expert advice for all potential applicants...
Author's ring on display at Jane Austen's House Museum
Successful fundraising campaign saves ring from export
Invitation to consider surplus electrical museum objects
Rationalisation of collections of former Museum of Electricity in Christchurch, Dorset
'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). ...
Lottery funds for St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
Initial development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a £2million major upgrade of facilities
Brading Roman Villa develops partnership with the British Museum
New secure gallery space enables loan of important Roman objects
Trenches for Teachers!
'Trenches for Teachers' networking conference at St Edward's School, Sherfield English, Hampshire
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...
Launch of Arts Award Supporter
‘Arts Award Supporter’ is a way of linking arts, cultural and heritage organisations with young people doing Arts Award. ‘Arts Award Supporters’ are organisations or artists...
Arts Award and the First World War
Over the next four years millions of children and young people will be taking part in projects that commemorate the First World War. Schools and museums, along with arts organisations and...
Adult Learners' Week 2014 - don't miss the deadline!
The nomination deadline for Adult Learners' Week is 5 pm on Thursday 30 January. Nominations are open for individuals, projects and employers who have done something outstanding in learning...
Power to Change programme: Big Lottery Fund
On 6th December the Big Lottery Fund announced their new £150m Power to Change initiative to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. It will be...
LAINet working group first meeting in January
Learning, Access and Interpretation Network working group will plan 2014 programme
Hampshire Solent Training Bursaries - deadline extended to 31 January 2014
Bursaries of up to £1000 for workforce development activities.
Kent County Council's Art Investment Fund now open
Kent County Council invests in the arts because it values the contribution Arts and Culture bring to the wellbeing of the county and its potential to grow the Kent economy. It is recognised...
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...
First World War Centenary: ACE announce new funding programme
14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary
Museums at Night 2014 - Children's Authors
Culture24 are offering museums the chance to host a children’s/young adults' author for Museums at Night 2014. Every year they collaborate with the Reading Agency to connect Museums at...
Freelancers needed by Brunel's ss Great Britain Trust
The ss Great Britain Trust are seeking freelance support to deliver object-based formal education workshops and to contribute to the administration of their education programmes, to start in January...
What is the Future of Museum Learning?
In the summer of 2013 Arts Council England commissioned Sam Cairns to run an enquiry, 'Future of museum learning for children and young people', with the museum sector in England. The...
Help BBC Radio Solent to share 'WW1 At Home' stories
BBC Radio Solent is seeking local stories for broadcast on local radio and online, deadline Thursday 21 November!
Inspired by My Museum: Writing Competition - British Council India
This writing competition was launched at the Museums Association Conference in Liverpool in November. Entries can be poems, short stories or reports - up to 400 words long - inspired by a visit...
Free Digital Engagement Framework
Jim Richardson and Jasper Visser have developed a new digital engagement framework which is free to download. The Digital Engagement Framework has been developed to help with the design of...
The Happy Museum Project - publication of Learning and Evaluation Report
The Happy Museum Project have announced the publication of their first major Learning and Evaluation report. One of the principles of Happy Museum is to ‘measure what matters’, and the...
The Happy Museum Project - Invitation to take part in National Wellbeing Research Programme
In 2013 the Happy Museum Project proved that museums make people happy, with evidence analysed by ‘happiness economist’ Daniel Fujiwara of the London School of Economics. It was shown...
Hampshire Solent museums - apply for a Training Bursary
Bursaries of up to £1000 for workforce development activities.
Basingstoke and Deane Leisure Initiatives Fund
Grants of up to £2000 for projects which contribute to leisure activities in Basingstoke and Deane Borough
Something unusual is happening in Kent libraries...
Lose yourself in a fictional frenzy of paperback puppetry, Scale the shelves with a chorus of thesaurus, Discover dance in the romance and mime in the crime (section). The Faversham based...
Fantastic turnout for First World War Centenary networking event
Over a hundred people from arts and heritage organisations across the sub-region packed Winchester's Guildhall for the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme's First World War Centenary networking event.
HLF announces new funding for anniversaries
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that at least £10 million is being set aside over the next four years to fund projects marking some of the UK’s most important anniversaries...
Hampshire Commemorates: First World War and D-Day Grants
Grants available to groups and organisations for commemoration projects, activities or events
New Crowdsourcing Platform to Match Nonprofits with Tech Experts
An innovative crowdsourcing platform that connects nonprofit organisations with technically skilled volunteers from around the world is expected to launch in 2014. The MakeaDiff.org platform, which...
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...
Opportunity to participate in University of Kent's Careers Fair
The University of Kent has kindly offered a free stand at this year's Careers and Employability Fair to museum representatives in Kent & Medway on 5th November 2013. Information about...
Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education – Nominations now Open
Do you know someone doing excellent work in gallery education and learning? Engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2013,...
ACE Strategic Touring Programme
The Arts Council funded Strategic touring programme is seeking applications from museums. The aim of the programme is for people across England having improved access to great art visiting their...
ACE film: A Credit to Britain
ACE recently launched A Credit To Britain film (Demonstrating the value of public investment in arts and culture), which can be found on their website ACE have also created an advocacy toolkit which...
50 More Years of Egham Museum
The Egham Museum Trustees are delighted to announce that The Egham Museum has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £93,000 for an exciting heritage project
Hampshire Cultural Trust visit the House of Lords for round table discussion on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Charlotte Slinger, Community Projects Manager for Hampshire Cultural Trust, was invited to the House of Lords on Monday 25 February, along with Helen Dove from partner organisation Hampshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
OF/BY/FOR ALL Release Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit
OF/BY/FOR ALL are proud to present this toolkit to all who are interested in launching a project that ignites community action around a specific local issue.
Nesta launch 'Amplified'
Nesta are offering £10,000 of grant funding to cultural and creative organisations to develop digital ideas
Volunteering Opportunity: Do Some Time at the Old Police Cells Museum
Brighton & Hove’s very own police museum is looking for volunteers to help explore the area’s history of keeping the peace.
Tunbridge Wells Cultural & Learning Hub project has been granted £4.3 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund to give grant for cultural and learning Hub in Royal Tunbridge Wells!
The Winchester City Council Cultural Innovation grant scheme is open for applications
The scheme is available for festivals, cultural events and art activities taking place in the Winchester District. Emphasis should be on creating new events or for bringing exciting and innovative content to existing projects.
Ready for your Rainbow Badge? Join in our pilot partnership project with Breakout Youth
If you are interested in finding out what young people from the LGBT community think about your museum and to start a conversation about how they can help you in the future, please join-in with this pilot partnership project with Hampshire-based Breakout
Postcode Community Trust Deadline: 28 August, for stage 1 expressions of interest
Communities are at the heart of Postcode Community Trust. PCT aims to fund projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity.
Better Community Business Network grant initiative Term 3 deadline: August 21st 2017
Launched in September 2014, BCBN’s Grant Initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower charities and local community projects.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Award Scheme
We want to fund clearly defined projects which can demonstrate that they will help to build communities where people thrive and feel they belong.
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!
Nesta Arts Impact fund available
The Arts Impact Fund brings together public, private and charitable funding to demonstrate the potential and impact of social investment in the arts
Comic Relief Community Cash Fund is now OPEN
Online grant applications of between £500-£1,000, for groups across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is now open.
CALL FOR PARTNERS – Object Journeys project 2017/18, The British Museum
The British Museum are currently seeking a new museum partner to work with us on the third community collaboration project Object Journeys, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
'Larders not Cakes and thoughts on museums in an uncertain world'
A brief summary of the keynote speech by Ken Robinson CBE at Hampshire Solent Open Forum 2017
A free online short course,"The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health" from the University of Tasmania
In “The Art of Wellness” students will learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. Central...
Creative and Cultural Apprenticeships at the Learning and Training Academy, Portsmouth
New programmes enable people who are already employed to take advantage of the Government funded as part of their Continual Professional Development, subject to terms and conditions.
HLF launches new funding schemes
The Heritage Lottery Fund is launching a new £8million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience, and a £15million scheme to help put culture at the heart of successful communities.
The Community Business Peer Network Programme
Are you an existing peer network that wants to help community businesses connect? The Power to Change Peer Network Programme is offering grants of up to £75,000.
£10 million Community Business Fund re-opens for applications
Open until 31 August awarding grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing community businesses implement projects to make them more sustainable.
Call for papers: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol June 2017
Showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. Deadline for submissions of abstracts 20 November 2016.
Grants update from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
New fund offers grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area to enable individuals with complex barriers to move closer or into employment - plus other funds open
How will the new Charities Act affect your Charity?
The Cabinet Office has published a timetable that explains when the different sections of the new Charities Act are going to take effect.
Exciting Opportunity to Take Part in Production from BAFTA Award-Winning Artists Group
Be part of the cast for a site-specific immersive theatre production coming to Medway
Are you ready for Dementia Awareness Week?
This year's Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and coming to Alzheimer's Society for information and support.
Kent Community Foundation - Elderly & Vulnerable Adults Themed Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 in exceptional circumstances) are available for local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly and other vulnerable adults, supporting people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, co
Big Lottery Grants - 'Reaching Communities'
Grants are available for projects which encourage voluntary and community organisations to identify their own local ideas for funding. It will support projects that improve the quality of life in communities across England, offering help where it is most
‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day in Kent
The ‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day was a unique opportunity to bring two cultural sectors together for an open discussion about how they interact. The aim of the day was to create a set of rules (or manifesto), based on o
Online tool to help VCSEs improve performance
The Cabinet Office, supported by the Big Lottery Fund is launching an online tool aimed at helping voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations improve their performance and sustainability.
Specialised training for museums to work with 0-2 year olds and families is now available!
Open Sesame is an early years creative learning programme for young children working with early years settings, cultural organisations and artists
First National Museums and Wellbeing Week (29 February - 6 March 2016)
The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is coordinating the first annual Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place from 29 February to 6 March 2016. This will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are already doing in this field
South East museums through to next round of Arts Council's Capital Grants programme
Congratulations to the Story Museum in Oxford and Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery who are two of four arts organisations from across the South East invited to apply for £7.8 million in funding to support capital plans.
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.
Kent Creative Awards
The event will reward contributions to the cultural world of Kent from individuals and organisations that embrace creativity and will highlight the variety of creative works, projects and events created across the county that add value to local economy an
Kent County Council - Combined Members Grants
In 2015/16, each Kent County Council Member has £25,000 to allocate for community grants. These grants can support a lot of different activities.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-based Learning Fund
Grants are available for charities, community or-ganisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts and working in part-nership with educational institutions.
Postcode Community Trust Grants available for applications in January 2016
Grants from £500 to £20,000 are available to grassroots organisations, registered charities and to non-profit community businesses in England for projects that help to regenerate communities.
Gift Aid declarations need to be updated from April 2016
HMRC have released new wording for the gift aid declarations which are compulsory from next April. It closes the gap in provision about whose responsibility it is to repay taxes if the Gift Aid donor does not pay enough taxes to cover their donation.
The Social History Curators Group call for papers for 2016 conference
The Social History Curators Group call for papers for 2016 conference, titled 'The Only Way Is Ethics: Social History and the 21st Century Museum'. The conference is taking place in June 2016, and the deadline for the call for papers is 29th January 2016
Heritage Lottery Fund - An Update and Overview
Sir Peter Luff, the new chair of the HLF, announced a number of new initiatives at the Museum Association Conference earlier this month indicating the objectives for this crucial source of funding for museums nationwide.
'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
Remembering Lord Montagu
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who died on 31 August at the age of 88, was a central figure in the changes that took place in Museums, Heritage and Tourism during his lifetime. He was a pioneer of the “Stately Home” business and independent Museum
The Museums Association launches its Cuts Survey 2015
The Museums Association (MA) has launched the Cuts Survey 2015, its fifth annual evaluation of the health of museums across the UK.
Heritage Lottery Fund launch new forum for ideas exchange
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new general online forum which will act as a mechanism for asking questions, exchanging ideas, discussing common issues, sharing learning and celebrating successes.
Are you celebrating Age Friendly Museums Day?
If you are doing something for Age Friendly Museums Day and/or Silver Sunday on or around 4th October then don't forget to complete the Silver Sunday events form so it is promoted through their website and don't forget to mention Age Friendly Museums Day
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants available for arts projects
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts and who are active in the arts and working in partnership with educational institutions.
The Collections Trust Awards 2015 - nominations open!
Nominations are now open for the Collections Trust Awards, which will be taking place at the Collections Trust Annual Conference at the Natural History Museum in London on 22 September 2015.
Swale Council's WW1 Centenary Project Grant Scheme 2015-16
Swale Borough Council continues to support local community organisations, Parish and Town Council’s across the area deliver WW1 commemorative activities and projects. So far eight applications have been received in this financial year and six gra
HeadStart Kent, 'Pay if Forward' grant opportunity
Kent County Council has been piloting a project over the last year called HeadStart which has been funded by the Big Lottery. The project is designed to help equip young people to deal better with difficult circumstances in their lives and build resilienc
The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) announces museums selected for resilience programme
Future Proof Museums is a national project being developed by the AMA (Arts Marketing Association) funded by Arts Council England’s Museums Resilience grant. The programme is designed to significantly improve the resilience of museums across Englan
HLF 'First World War: Then And Now' funding strand
The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.
AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – Shortlist and Commendations Announced
The Association for Heritage Interpretation is delighted to announce the shortlist for the AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland – sponsored by Geosho.
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.
International learning exchanges, webinars and more from NEMO
NEMO would like to announce the second round of capacity building activities for its members and museum professionals!
Support for your museum from Community Action Isle of Wight
New free funding search portal and help with DBS checks
Collections Trust Appoints Kevin Gosling as new CEO
Gosling is currently the Director of Communications at the Britten-Pears Foundation and has previously held roles with Lord Cultural Resources and the Museum Documentation Association (MDA).
Haslemere Museum volunteers awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Haslemere Educational Museum wins another award.
Friends of Brading Roman Villa awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The museum, on the Isle of Wight, is supported by an active corps of volunteers from the Friends group who work to increase public awareness by promoting, supporting and assisting in the preservation and presentation of the villa, an Accredited museum.
Museum partners sought for Kathakali and Carnival heritage project
Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, Southampton and The New Carnival Company, Isle of Wight are already on board, museum partners sought for a potential joint HLF application for a project to highlight the extraordinary heritages of Kathakali and Carnival.
Apply to the RAISE Challenge Fund
The RAISE team is excited to be evolving the way it provides support to voluntary and community sector organisations across the South East. We are making a step change in our own approach to delivering support to help you to make a difference to people.
Kent County Council Combined Members Grants now available
Every year, Kent County Council (KCC) help community projects across Kent by using the Combined Members Grant to fund them.
Mary Rose Museum raising profile at home and abroad
We're delighted to announce that Dr Eleanor Schofield, conservation manager at the Mary Rose Museum and coordinator of the South Region Conservation Network, has been chosen as one of...
The People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme Open to Applications in the South of England
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for organisations South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).
LiberTea - 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta celebrations
To commemorate 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta the Houses of Parliament – in partnership with the National Trust – are asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on their liberties by hosting a LiberTea on
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for Young Roots
The Heritage Lottery Fund is enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And...
2015 Discover Heritage Awards
The Association for Heritage Interpretation has today launched the 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland, sponsored by Geosho.
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for First World War Then and Now
Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.
Online Giving: DONATE Case Study from the Battersea Arts Centre
Find out how DONATE from the National Funding Scheme (NFS) pulled in an astonishing £50,000 in mobile and online donations to support Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) after their devastating fire on Friday 13th March.
Schools & museums can make a documentary using free resources from 'Into Film'
Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.
The first Swale Heritage Forum gets off to a great start
On Saturday 7th March, over 50 people from across the district of Swale came together for the first Swale Heritage Forum, managed and led by the Swale Museums Group. Chair of Swale Museums...
Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy - join Cohort 2!
Develop fundraising skills through training, mentoring, practical activities, peer support and shadowing opportunities. Learn how to build relationships with the philanthropic community and understand how to raise the profile of the museum and showcase th
Leading professionals join the Collections Trust Board
The Collections Trust, the professional association for people working in collections management, has announced the appointment of six new Trustees to its existing Board following an open recruitment campaign.
Kent connections with Magna Carta and its 800th anniversary
Kent has strong associations with Magna Carta (MC) and plans for the 800th anniversary commemorations are well developed, with a strong focus in Canterbury, one of the 5 Charter Towns in England; in Faversham, where the Town Council owns an edition dated
Event Expenses Fund: £50 - £200 for your group to support Voluntary Arts Week events in Kent
Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK and RoI. It is run by Voluntary Arts who provide local, regional and national press and media support and social media campaigns featuring events listed as part of the week.
Have you carried out a local or community history project with, about or for women?
Did your project participants produce a documentary, pamphlet, book, exhibition, artefact or event to share your findings? Was or will the project be completed between 1st of January 2014 and 31st May 2015?
Join the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel
Due to the relocation of one of our members out of the area, there is now a vacancy. We are looking for well informed and forward thinking individuals from the Hampshire Solent area. Anyone who has five years' recent museum experience as paid staff, volun
Mary Rose Museum nominated for European Museum of the Year 2015
Prestigious international award aims to recognise excellence in the European museum scene and encourage innovative processes.
Are you signed up to KentCan?
The KentCAN website is a place for people and organisations working and volunteering in the Kent & Medway Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise sectors. KentCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) creating connections between organisations and indivi
The Kent Arts Investment Fund application and guidelines for the year April 2015 – March 2016 now available
The Arts Investment Fund helps organisations in Kent by funding projects that will develop a range of high quality arts and cultural activities. This will boost the local economy by improving arts...
South East museums' resounding success at Beautiful South awards
It was a fantastic night for South East museums at Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for Excellence last week. The Mary Rose Museum,...
AAM Museums Connect: Building Global Communities
The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities.
Culture Grid - Collections Trust seeks views and ideas
Culture Grid is the UK aggregator for content from museums, archives and libraries. 2014 marks the 8th Birthday of the Culture Grid, and the Collections Trust are carrying out a review of the...
Hampshire Solent museum and arts centre wins national award for voluntary organisation governance
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant, Hampshire, has been declared winner of the Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the NCVO.
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum raise £275,000 for new museum
The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum will march into new, purpose-built facilities next year after reaching its £275,000 fundraising target
Meet HLF - find out about grants of up to £50,000 for your museum's work with young people
The Heritage Lottery Fund is enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And...
Museums Association announces appointment of new Director
Sharon Heal has been appointed the new Director of the Museums Association. David Anderson, President of the Museums Association and Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museums Wales,...
LAINet news from Clare Barnes: 'Museums for All' seminar at Basing House
Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum and a member of Hampshire Solent LAINet (Learning Access and Interpretation Network) steering group, provides an update on the latest LAINet...
Heritage Grants launched by Swale Borough Council
Swale Borough Council has launched a new Heritage Grant Fund to support community projects aimed at celebrating Swale's rich past. A sum of £10,000 has been set aside to support...
National Sports Museum Online
The National Sports Museum Online has been launched. The aim of the website is to draw together information about all sporting collections in the UK, whether held in museums, archives,...
Isle of Wight museums: grab your share of £80,000 grant funding
Isle of Wight voluntary and community groups are being reminded that time is running out for applications for a share of £80,000 under a new grant scheme launched in July by the Isle of Wight...
Open seats at Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel meeting 8 October 2014
The next meeting of the Advisory Panel takes place on the morning of 8 October in Portsmouth.
Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme
The Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme is helping arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, win contracts and deliver great outcomes. Phase 1...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
The next deadline to apply for a Small Experiment or Community Catalyst grant is Monday, September 15th at 12 noon. What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with...
Catalyst ‘Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy’ update - Cohort 1 museums complete philanthropy audit
Audit evaluates five key skill areas: philanthropic fundamentals; understanding the fundraising environment; leadership; relationship management; and capacity building.
Winchester Small Grants Scheme
Small grants to help organisations with projects that benefit the residents of the Winchester District. Deadline 5 September 2014.
In a spin: new guidance launched to help archives
The National Archives has launched new guidance designed to help the archive sector make informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections. In recent years, the trend...
Training in reminiscence arts in dementia care
2-day training course and 4-month traineeship in reminiscence arts in dementia care
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...
Foundation Course: Museum Learning - GEM
The course is intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career; or for those already working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an...
EOI sought to lease Sheerness Heritage Centre, Kent
Sheerness Heritage Centre – Rose Street, Sheerness, ME12 1AJ Expressions of Interest to lease the Grade 2 listed building and manage the Heritage Centre to promote the Island’s culture...
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...
Open seats at Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel meeting 8 October 2014
The work of the Museum Development team in the Hampshire Solent are is informed and guided by an Advisory Panel of individuals drawn from the local museum community. You can find out more about the...
Hampshire Solent funding deadlines approaching
Funding deadlines for grants in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
SPECTRUM Housing Group community fund
SPECTRUM Housing Group is inviting community organisations that benefit neighbourhoods across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to apply for a share of a £75,000 fund. Charities, not-for-profit...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with innovative methods of planning and shaping projects and involving local people in activities. You could put on a...
Funding opportunities for museums serving the South Downs National Park
Community Infrastructure Levy available from summer 2015 to support cultural heritage projects
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme - Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Funding to address economic and social deprivation.
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...
Community Ownership and Management of Assets - Capital Grants Now Open
Capital grants are now available to organisations ready to take the next step in acquiring a local asset under the Community Right to Challenge and Community Ownership and Management of Assets...
Key Hampshire Solent population statistics to help you with service planning, advocacy and funding requests
Whether you are updating your forward plan, creating a marketing campaign or submitting a funding bid, it's essential to have good information about the population that your museum serves....
Hampshire Solent panel welcomes new Chair and Vice Chair and looks back on a productive first year
Welcome Chair Paul Griffiths of the Mary Rose Museum and Vice Chair Corina Westwood of Isle of Wight Heritage Service. Warm thanks to inaugural Chair Emily Leach.
Petersfield Museum HLF bid success
Petersfield Museum has received £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to understand and conserve the prehistoric barrow cemetery on Petersfield Heath. Led by a...
Hampshire Solent funding deadlines approaching
Funding deadlines for HIWCF grants in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Support for museum volunteering and charitable museums from NCVO
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. It was started in 1919 as a the National Council of Social...
Useful funding digests for Hampshire Solent museums
Online signposting to help you find the funding your project needs
Coastal Communities - new round of funding
The next round of the Coastal Communities Fund opens in February 2014. The Coastal Communities Fund was set up to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to...
Services from Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
Helping local heritage organisations to care for documents, photographs and maps
Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs
Hampshire social entrepreneurs to receive funding to fuel ideas - 2014 Applications to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme will be opening soon…
Giving to Heritage - launching in May 2014
The Heritage Alliance’s (HA) Giving to Heritage programme, which aims to boost fundraising skills across England, is to launch in May. Supported by £500,000 from the Heritage...
Zurich Community Trust in Hampshire
If your museum is based in Hampshire or near one of Zurich Insurance Group's offices in Whiteley or Farnborough, and if you help disadvantaged people move from dependence to...
UK Web Archive: The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Collection
Helping our collections in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight remain fully representative of community life today.
Short-term fellowships at The Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art invites applications for short-term residential fellowships from Curators based in municipal and regional museums in the UK, beyond London, whose curatorial remit or...
Looking for art and craft materials for your museum’s activities and events?
Southampton Scrapstore collects waste materials for use in the community for arts and craft projects and events.
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to registered charities and not for profit organisations who are working on local...
Funding from the Foyle Foundation
Small Grants Scheme The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field,...
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