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National Motor Museum wins major collections management award
'Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead' project has won the 2017 Collections Trust Award for its Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project.
Are you an example of good practice in the Care of Larger and Working objects?
ABTEM (The Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums) is pleased to inform you that they ave now completed the first draft of the revised Guidelines for the Care of Larger and...
Young Leaders 2017: European Museum Leadership Programme
Four-day leadership conference in Slovenia for museums leaders aged up to 45. Call for applications: deadline 30 July 2017.
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.
ABTEM Larger & Working Objects Guidelines – Call For Interested Parties
The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them to produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working obje
SPECTRUM 5.0 consultation draft
SPECTRUM is the UK collection management standard that is also used around the world. Here you can find a consultation draft of the next version – SPECTRUM 5.0. Please take a look and let Collections Trust have your comments and questions by Monday
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!
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS – British Museum Conference 2017 “Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections”
The British Museum are seeking proposals for this year’s National Programmes conference at the British Museum on 31 August 2017, which will explore the subject of lending museum collections.
ICOMOS-UK’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee secures ACE funding for its innovative project- ‘Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museum Contexts’
Selected South East Museums will benefit from ACE funded project looking at the intangible benefits of collections
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.
British Council announces projects supported by the Cultural Protection Fund
A new £30million fund set up in partnership with DCMS in order to safeguard and promote cultural heritage at risk due to conflict overseas gives details of its first projects
Horniman offers free loans to South East Museums
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Collections Trust publish tips for increasing access to museum storage
On their blog, the Collections Trust publish regular updates and useful guidance on a wide range of subjects surrounding museum documentation. From an introduction to their outreach programme, which...
Call for Papers - European Axiell User Conference 2016
Axiell are looking for presenters for each of the sessions. If you have something to share, that you think would be of value to other users - they’d like to hear from you.
Art Fund offers more than acquisition grants
For over 100 years, the Art Fund has been helping museums and galleries purchase art for their collections. Now, it is also investing in curatorial support beyond acquisition grants. Here...
Deadline for Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund is fast approaching... (23rd March!)
Grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available to museums, galleries and heritage or-ganisations for projects that include research into collections, conservation, collections review and initiatives to develop the use of collections.
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.
Navigating the Art Market Professional Development Course
The Art Fund has announced a refreshed version of their Navigating the Art Market professional development course for 2016. Developed in partnership with Sotheby's Institute of Art, the course is designed to promote a practical understanding of the art ma
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
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
Call for Papers: 'Objectively Speaking - the value and practice of object based teaching'
A free conference and debate to be held at the British Museum, is now looking for papers.
Collections Trust – Usability testing
The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.
Call for Papers - The 2016 Photographic Materials Working Group
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Photographic Materials Working Group of ICOM-CC are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2016 Photographic Materials Working Group Interim Meeting, scheduled for 21 – 24 September 2016 in Amsterdam, the Ne
A new 'Collections for All' website for natural sciences
'Collections for All' is a space for helping to connect people to natural science collections throughout the UK. They are doing this through sharing the values of natural science collections in relation to research, science, museum practice, engagement an
Learning Museum Call for partners 2015
Open call for partners for the second phase of Learning Museum, the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Call for Papers: Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation
Day conference hosted by CIfA Archaeological Archives Group and including the AAG AGM
New AIM Success Guide launched: Successfully Managing Archives in Museums
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just launched a new online publication called 'Successfully Managing Archives in Museums' as part of its popular Success Guide series. Authored by Emma Chaplin and Janice Tullock and funded by The National
NatSCA's Bill Pettit Memorial Award is open
NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £1,500 of grant money will be made available to NatSCA members every year to support projects including the conservation, access, and use of natural scienc
Art Fund New Collecting Awards
This funding programme enables promising and ambitious curators to pursue new avenues of collecting for their museums, and at the same time build critical professional
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.
British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund
The British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund offers up to £5,000 (plus VAT) of energy efficiency measures at small businesses / organisations, including new boilers, LED lighting and insulation. Non-public sector run museums across the South East region shou
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.
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.
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is open for applications
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Applications are now being invited.
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
Kent Museums and Student Volunteers networking event a great success
On Tuesday 2nd June, the Museum Development Programme and the University of Kent's School of History hosted staff and volunteers from around twenty local museums and heritage organisations in Kent. It is hoped this is the first of an annual networking an
Haslemere Museum volunteers awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Haslemere Educational Museum wins another award.
Campaign for Good Curatorship – launch and call for Committee members
The Campaign for Good Curatorship celebrates the fact that great museums need good curators.
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.
ABTEM (Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums) to undertake scoping work to update MGC standards
Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) Subject Specialist Network (SSN) funding, ABTEM has recently commissioned museum consultant Rob Shorland-Ball to carry out a Scoping Study on the feasibility of developing and updating the MGC 1994 Standard 4: Stand
Cultural Property Advice
The migration of the Cultural Property Advice website into the Collections Trust's website has begun.
Museum Designation Scheme re-opened
On Wednesday 15 April the Designation Scheme was re-opened to applications.
Uniques Project website goes live
Bexhill Museum (lead partner) and four other museums in the South East carried out an ethnographic collections review project in 2014-2015, funded by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Support Fund.
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."
Sharing collections online with the ECK
Sharing collections information online through platforms like Europeana and Wikipedia is a great way to unlock the potential in your collections, which is why the Collections Trust have been working...
Museums with artefacts containing asbestos
The Health and Safety Executive has granted a class exemption to the museum sector to enable the loan / transfer of artefacts that contain asbestos, between exhibitions etc.
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.
Object identification resources - available to borrow for free!
The SSN Social History Curators Group (SHCG) has designed a series of resources, Object Lessons, to help develop skills and confidence in identifying and caring for core materials found in social...
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.
The new Naturally Curious website is now live. This is part of a programme of activities to understand, celebrate and make good use of our collective natural history collections and...
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...
Working with Volunteers: online Q & A with Museums Sheffield
Museums Sheffield are having an online Q&A about volunteering, in connection with their Arts Council Funded Cutting Edge...
Mary Rose Museum wins Hampshire Business Award for RBS Management Team of the Year
Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum has won the Hampshire Business Award for RBS Management Team of the Year, in competition with companies from across the county. The ceremony took place at an...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Pearls and wisdom - the Arts Council vision for the future of the Designation Scheme
Arts Council England has published Pearls and wisdom - our vision for future of the Designation Scheme for collections of national significance. Pearls and wisdom will provide the basis for the...
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...
Acceptance in Lieu scheme
The Arts Council has announced, through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, the availability of 40 works by the leading British contemporary artist Auerbach and additional works for allocation - live...
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...
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'...
New exceptions to Copyright will help museums, says expert Naomi Korn
New exceptions to copyright were implemented in early June 2014. Museums copyright expert Naomi Korn has written a helpful article explaining some of the ways in which museums will benefit from...
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...
Clore Short Course - applications now open
Short Courses offer the opportunity for ambitious and creative individuals to undergo a two-week intensive residential training course to help develop the knowledge and skills required by...
Cultural Commissioning - programme
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is working to strengthen the environment for cultural commissioning. Based on extensive research into opportunities for arts and cultural organisations to engage...
The Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
In 2012, the Art Fund launched a new £50,000 annual funding stream aimed at helping maintain and develop curatorial expertise in UK museums. The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants...
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...
Free security and safety risk assessments
Security and safety risk assessments are being offered free of charge by Securitas Security Services for the arts and leisure sector. The security scans could be of use to museums looking to increase...
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...
AIM launches new Energy Action Group
The Association of Independent Museums has launched a new Energy Action Group at the Museum + Heritage show, providing a new way for museums and UK heritage organisations to reduce their energy...
Collections Trust: Collections on a Budget Award - Deadline extended to Friday 16 May
Despite record entries for the other Collections Trust Awards, response to this category has so far been disappointing. So the Collections Trust have extended the deadline to Friday 16 May. ...
Emergency Salvage Kit now available to Kent Museums
While we hope it should never be needed, the emergency salvage kits, materials and equipment are now ready for museums to use should the unthinkable occur. Everything is being stored at the Historic...
Leadership & Management (Heritage) Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - Worcester University
Worcester University have developed a new post graduate heritage course for those wishing to work in heritage but also develop management skills - it's designed so students can continue with an...
New 'Kent Salvage Group' launched
In February this year,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 led...
Shared Harwell's Priority User Agreement for Kent museums?
In February this year,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 led...
New copyright exceptions - do you know how they affect your museum?
CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have launched a campaign to try and build support from across the sector for the proposed changes to the copyright laws. Read more...
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
Knowledge Exchange Programme 2014 - British Museum seeks partners
The British Museum is looking for new partners for the 2014 Knowledge Exchange programme. They are keen to build on current relationships as well as forging new effective partnerships with...
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...
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...
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...
Museum2Museum collection care session at the Powell Cotton Museum a great success
On Monday 17th March, 12 museum staff and volunteers from across the county joined the team at the Powell Cotton Museum for their first Museum2Museum sharing skills session. The day began with Sarah...
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....
PRISM Fund reopens for applications
The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has now reopened for applications. The PRISM...
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...
Government responds to the floods
Following the wettest winter since records began in 1910, the UK Government has announced a list of measures and schemes to help communities, businesses and farmers affected by the recent flooding....
Invitation to consider surplus electrical museum objects
Rationalisation of collections of former Museum of Electricity in Christchurch, Dorset
Preventive Conservation Training Days for Museums in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Medway
New Year, New training days. The three sessions below are an idea of the type of training available to your museum absolutely free of charge through the Museum Development Programme. ...
Object in Focus: free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Object in Focus is a three year project funded by Arts Council England to proactively loan objects out to museums and non-museum venues. The aim is to increase access to stored collections, promote...
NatSCA Evaluation Survey Report
NatSCA, the Natural Sciences Collections Association network, are pleased to present the findings of an Arts Council England funded study into the audiences of mixed discipline...
Free training opportunity from AMA
The Arts Marketing Association have launched their new small scale development programme - CultureHive - specifically designed for leaders (CEO, director, artist, producer, general manager) with...
AIM Grant Scheme Deadlines
Closing dates for the various Grant Schemes offered by AIM are as follows: Sustainability Scheme: 1 June 2014 and 15 January 2015 Conservation Scheme: 31 March 2014 and 30 September 2014...
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...
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...
Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
In 2012 Art Fund launched a new £50,000 annual funding stream aimed at helping maintain and develop curatorial expertise in UK museums. The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants...
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
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2014
Something for everyone! There are 11 different categories to choose from, offering an opportunity for everyone, regardless of the scale or size of project and budget. Cost-effectiveness is at...
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
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...
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...
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 - 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...
E-learning from the Museum of London
The Museum of London has some useful online learning covering the following topics: Emergency Planning Tool Handling Museum Objects Introduction to Museum Pests Packing Museum Objects for Storage...
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...
ENUMERATE is an international initiative to build a better body of evidence about digitisation, digital preservation and the re-use of digital material in our sector. The aim is to provide...
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...
Energy efficiency audits and grants for East Sussex businesses
Energy Efficiency East Sussex is a two year programme, funded by East Sussex County Council, designed to help businesses in the county improve the energy efficiency of their premises and reduce...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Intern, Employee or Work Experience?
Not knowing the difference between work experience and internship could prove costly as HMRC clamps down. Is it ever OK not to pay? This article on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and...
A Health Check for Numismatics
Do you want a ‘health check’ for your numismatics? The Money and Medals Network is an Arts Council funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums...
‘Treasure Plus’ funding available from the Art Fund
Last month, the Art Fund announced a new funding programme, Treasure Plus, supported by The Headley Trust. This programme is designed to help museums of all sizes deepen public engagement with...
Archaeology in Museums
On Friday 8th February, 16 delegates from museums, big and small, and from various archaeology trusts and societies, joined us at Maidstone Museum for a session on archaeology. Jennifer Jackson,...
Are you an Industrial Heritage site? Ian Bapty has been employed as Industrial Heritage Support Officer based at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and will be providing information and support for...
Association of Independent Museums (AIM) New Success Guides – first batch uploaded
As part of AIM’s Resilience programme, the first batch of new practical guidance papers has been uploaded onto AIM’s website. The Success Guides take the place of FOCUS papers, and...
The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme
AIM, the Association of Independent Museums, has announced the opening of the Year 2 Applications. AIM entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award which will provide a £1.5m...
Hampshire Solent Museums Conference 2018
Annual get-together of staff and volunteers from museums in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and beyond. Meet peers, new contacts and important stakeholders, and find out about good practice in museums locally
LGBT+ Heritage Projects – Heritage Lottery Fund Briefing and Networking Event
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is committed to helping support projects that investigate the richness and diversity of LGBT+ history and experience. Special twilight event in partnership with the Classic Boat Museum and the South East Museum Development