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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.
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...
Did you take part in October's Museums At Night?
Culture24 are currently collating feedback and visitor numbers, and you can help by encouraging the museums in your patch who took part by running an event to fill in their Venue Survey.
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...
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.
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).
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...
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...
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...
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....
Have you registered with www.growingschools.org.uk - a national site for teachers looking for resources, advice and providers who can support learning outside the classroom in the natural...
Improve your energy efficiency!
Hampshire Solent environmental sustainability project: intensive support package
Understanding Disabled People as Audiences
Shape Arts have produced a new report, Understanding Disabled People as Audiences, which looks at the barriers to participating in the arts for this section of potential audiences. A major...
Accessible Interpretation: SMOG testing and Access Advisory Groups
On Monday 2nd September, the Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme ran a training day looking at ‘Accessible Interpretation’, kindly hosted by the Powell-Cotton Museum. ...
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...
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,...
Google offers free products and advertising for UK charities
Google has launched a new initiative to provide nonprofit organisations in the UK with free products, including up to £6,600 a month in advertising credit and free access to Google Apps....
Still time to take part in ‘Hidden Treasures’
Collections Trust and The Independent newspaper have partnered for a second year to run Hidden Treasures, a national initiative to celebrate collections in UK museums and archives. Details of...
Experience History - New website promoting museums
Have you listed your museum on Experience History yet? Not only does this site promote museums, it also welcomes articles from professionals within the sector To get involved, email...
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...
MUPI Research Matchmaker project: please complete our short survey
Help to shape a new digital digital platform matching up academic researchers with curators of exciting but under-researched museum collections.
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...
RelevantNow: PR support, free for charities
Create your own media list, get help writing a release/social media post, and then distribute it fast and easily.
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.
Collections Trust – Usability testing
The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.
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
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
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...
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...
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...
Call for Papers: Digital Learning in Museums, Oxford University Museums & Digital Learning Network Conference
Share your experiences on digital in terms of learning strategies and sustainability at this partnership conference!