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Arts Council England (ACE) Free Toolkit: Self-Evaluation
ACE have produced a free toolkit for self-evaluation!
New toolkit: Understanding your Audiences
Arts Council England (ACE) are now launching the Impact and Insight Toolkit, which will help you understand your audiences better and build a picture of your cultural impact over time.
HLF Skills for the Future: Digital Heritage Discovery skills survey
Deadline Monday 31 July. The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to
Culture24 are looking for museums to help with research into after-hours events and extended opening
Does your museum have experience in opening late and can help feed into this research? If so please complete the short survey!
'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
Survey - Measuring the Intangible: Performance Management of Museum Employees
Take part in a survey which evaluates employee performance management systems in museum organisations
Have your say: What are the skills and attributes needed by the UK’s museum workforce in the future?
Arts Council England, together with Museums Galleries Scotland, the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums have commissioned BOP Consulting and The Museum Consultancy to undertake a major study that takes a forward look at the skil
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.
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.
The Museums Association members meeting comes to Brighton
On Thursday 14th January 2016, Museum Association members were invited to join MA colleagues at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Simon Stephens, the MA's Head of Publications and Events, welcomed members before President of the MA, David Fleming (Director
Collections Trust – Usability testing
The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.
Legal changes will affect charitable companies
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Act) which passed into law on 26 March 2015 makes some material changes to UK company law which will impact on companies of all sizes, including charitable companies.
Are you up to date with Cultural Education Data?
The Cultural Education Data Portal aims to bring together and provide easy access to a wide variety of data sources relating to children and young people, demographics, arts, culture and education.
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
Explore the Heritage Index for England
The Index is designed to stimulate debate about what is valued from the past, and how that influences the identity of its current residents. This can help a place achieve its aspirations to grow and prosper, socially and economically.
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.
Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
The tool presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England.
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.
AIM VisitorVerdict: Discounted Rates until September 30 2015
Since October 2013, the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) in partnership with BDRC Continental, has run a free online visitor benchmarking survey service called AIM VisitorVerdict. This scheme...
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!
Are you registered on The Culture Diary?
The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. A unique industry-only tool, The Culture Diary also features a business directory to conne
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.
New Kent Heritage Resource Centre to open at Smarden
A new resource Centre for regional heritage groups is being established at Smarden as a result of a partnership agreement signed last week by Smarden Local History Society and Kent Archaeological Society.
Cultural Education Profile tool from Arts Council England updated
The Cultural Education Profile tool on the Arts Council England website has been updated. It is designed to provide organisations with easy access to a wide variety of data that will...
How was Museums at Night for you?
Culture24 would love to know what your experience of Museums at Night has been like.
OpenHeritage joins the Collections Trust SPECTRUM Partners Scheme
OpenHeritage, the Cape Town-based supplier of software to the heritage sector, is the latest company to join the SPECTRUM Partners Scheme, managed by the Collections Trust.
Taking Part survey data released - cultural engagement summary of key findings
Taking Part is a household survey in England. It looks at participation in the cultural sector. This report presents the latest headline estimates for the year from January 2014 to December 2014. The survey is now in its tenth year and was commissioned by
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...
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.
Giving Digitally Through DONATE
Set up in March 2013, DONATE is the mobile platform and the public-facing brand of the National Funding Scheme - a registered charity specifically set up to support the arts, heritage and culture sector.
Digital Research on Museum Income
Arts Council England is trialling a new digital research project called Insight which aims to help optimise the income stream of museums and other cultural attractions. The work is being...
Can you spare a few minutes to answer a museum storage survey?
Museums Studies student Paula Nichols from the University of Leicester is writing her dissertation on the issue of the future of collecting and lack of adequate storage space in museums. The...
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...
Government responds to New English Heritage Model
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published its response to the English Heritage New Model Consultation. 600 responses were received by the January deadline for this major DCMS...
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....
Visitor Finder is a new initiative funded by ACE and managed by The Audience Agency. The project’s objective is to support museums in understanding and using visitor data more...
Light monitoring at Royal Holloway Picture Gallery
The Hanwell Lux and UV monitors, which are a recent addition to the Conservation Resource Bank, are already being set to work at the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery. The staff at the gallery are using...
National Funding Scheme’s DONATE goes national
DONATE, the digital and mobile giving platform designed specifically for the arts and heritage sector, has completed its pilot phase and is now available to any UK arts and heritage charity to help...
'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
AIM Visitor Verdict benchmarking scheme - update
Over 120 museums have completed their registration for AIM’s new visitor experience benchmarking scheme, Visitor Verdict, and over 1,000 visitors have already been invited to share feedback...
Action on Energy
In a climate of ever increasing energy bills and a desire to operate environmentally sustainably, the not-for-profit organisation DTA Wales’ Energy Action Group is one avenue which museums can...
'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...
Call to Action: Share and update the Kent & Medway FWW timeline
Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian - Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives, and his team of volunteers have been busily researching the archives to find...
Proposed copyright exceptions for museums, libraries and archives
A statement on proposed new copyright exceptions for museums, libraries and archives has been agreed by the whole museum sector and co-ordinated by the National Museums Directors Council for the...
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