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Year of the SE Museum Trustee, 2019
All SE museums’ trustees are invited to sign up to a programme of monthly local news alerts and governance-related training, tailored to meet your museum’s needs.
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...
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.
Survey on the Governance Needs of Arts Organisations and Museums
What are the priority issues for Boards/Trustees of arts organisations and museums? What is working well? How might governance be strengthened?
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.
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.
AIM Launches New Hallmarks Governance Programme
To support Trustees from AIM member organisations, AIM has just launched the first in a new series of development activities as part of its overall AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme. Supported by...
AIM Hallmarks learning programmes - last chance to apply
Two new training programmes will help participants use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums they lead or work with.
ACE re-opens the Museum Resilience Fund
On 14 January 2016, Arts Council England (ACE) have re-opened its popular Museum Resilience Fund (MRF) scheme. The funding is designed to help museums face challenging times by increasing their resilience and sustainability.
AIM Museum Leaders Programme for UK Museums
The Association for Independent Museums (AIM) has recently launched the new UK wide Museum Leaders programme to support people who lead AIM member museums.
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
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.
Voices of Culture: Call for Applications: Intercultural Dialogue Brainstorming Session
Voices of Culture is a process established to create exchanges between civil society stakeholders in the cultural field and the European Commission. Within the "structured dialogue between the European Commission and the Cultural Sector" cultural professi
NEMO publishes European-wide study on copyright and museums
In light of recent developments in the approaches to copyright on the European level, The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) has recently published a European-wide study on the matter.
Trustees' Week 2015 is 2nd-8th November
Trustees’ Week 2015 is 2–8 November, and is being officially launched at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Trustee Conference on 2 November 2015.
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.
Help map participatory governance of cultural heritage
Help map all cultural heritage related projects, organisations and initiatives that genuinely involve the audience in its operations, management or logistics, either physically or digitally, in Europe!
Four new funding programmes from Arts Council England
Arts Council England announce that four new funding programmes have opened for applications.
AIM launches the 'Hallmarks of Prospering Museums' framework
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) launched an important new initiative to help museums at its national conference this month. The “AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums” is a framework that helps museums and heritage organisations ide
Benchmarking Participation in Museums
Heritage sector professional Natalie James (@CulturewithaK) is working with the Collections Trust to develop a model for benchmarking participation and engagement as part of changing culture and practice in museums.
Invitation to Lunch for Chairs of Independent Museums
AIM is inviting Chairs of Trustees from Independent Museums to a lunch event on Thursday 18th June 2015 from 11am to 1.30pm at Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol. There is no charge to attend the lunch as it has been sponsored by Development Partne
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.
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
AIM Conservation Grant success for Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
We're delighted to announce that the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Winchester is one of 10 museum to benefit from grants in the latest round of the AIM Conservation Grant...
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.
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...
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...
Arts Council England Investment Announcement 2015-18
Today Arts Council England announced details of their investment plans for the next three years. This includes new National portfolio of arts organisations and museums. Two Major Partner Museums...
Guidance for Trustees - Conflict of Interest
The Charities Commission has published new guidance for Trustees on Conflict of Interest. It includes a revised definition of Conflict of Interest and also covers conflict between a charity and its...
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...
Hampshire Military Museums Network plans for the future
Strong commitment to shared learning, events and collaboration
Mary Rose Museum: Finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014
The new Mary Rose Museum that opened 31 May 2013 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is one of six finalists selected for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements of the best UK museums and galleries
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...
Services from Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
Helping local heritage organisations to care for documents, photographs and maps
Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2013-14 now closed
Bursaries totalling over £12,000 awarded, more than 100 individuals trained
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...
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.
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
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - best Large Visitor Attraction
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been awarded Gold for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Beautiful South's Awards for Excellence 2013-2014
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...
Charity Commission updates CIO Guidance
The Charity Commission has been reviewing the application process for the recently-introduced Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) constitutional models, and made the following improvements:...
Business Survival Toolkit
Created by the Heritage Lottery Fund with other cultural organisations, the ‘Business Survival Toolkit’ website has practical tools to help organisations of all sizes and types to become...
New rounds of ACE funding now open
Arts Council England have launched new rounds of funding for Renaissance Strategic Support Fund & Designation Development Fund
Cheap Software for Charities
The Charity Technology Trust (CTT), in partnership with the not-for-profit technology capacity building organisation TechSoup, offers eligible UK-based charities the opportunity to buy at...
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