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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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'...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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 Royal Sussex County Hospital Heritage Project
As part of their National Lottery Heritage Funded project, Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History from 1828, The Royal Sussex County Hospital are looking for volunteers to support the project.
Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel need you!
We are looking to recruit 2 new panel members from Hampshire Solent and Berkshire
Museums + Heritage Awards 2019
Applications to the Museums + Heritage Awards 2019 are now open. There are 14 categories open for applications!
We're pleased to announce the publication of the South East Museum Development Programme's Cultural Partnerships Toolkit
Our 'Cultural Partnerships Toolkit' is now live and available to download from our resource Library, packed with useful tools, frameworks and event ideas, plus loads of links to further information/inspiration.
Could you bag the prize at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2018?
These Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which battle it out to win one of 11 prestigious awards.
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...
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!
Your Opportunity to join Hampshire Solent Advisory Panel
If you have 5 years current experience of working in museums either as a member of staff, volunteer or Trustee, then this is a great chance to join us as we discuss Museum Development projects and impact throughout Hampshire Solent.
You are invited to contribute to this '5 ways to well-being' for museum staff - twitter campaign
Are you ready for Volunteers Week 2016?
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-12 June 2016.
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 - shortlist announced
The deadline for the 2016 Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence has now passed, and they received record breaking entries! The hundreds of entries have now been whittled down to a shortlist.
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
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 are open for entries
The Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 are now open for entries for projects completed between January and December 2015. The awards continue to generate public recognition for the winners and shortlistees! Enter Now!
Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 now open!
The awards continue to generate public recognition for the winners and shortlistees, and have been instrumental in helping many to secure funding and support from key stakeholders. Award winners have also enjoyed recognition both locally and further afiel
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...
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.
Volunteers Week - free resources from National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2015.
How do you welcome autism into your museum?
In a special guest blog written for AIM, Claire Madge, shares three low cost things you can do to make your museum autism friendly and welcome autistic visitors and their families and carers into your museum.
Early Bird Discount for AIM National Conference 2015
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) National Conference 2015 takes place this year from June 18-20 at the ss Great Britain in central Bristol. Take advantage of the special AIM early-bird booking rate which closes on April 17.
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
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...
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.
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...
'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). ...
Improve your energy efficiency!
Hampshire Solent environmental sustainability project: intensive support package
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,...