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Sustainability Project Sharing Day
28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ
Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.
In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.
Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed!
ViL Project 2017-18
After a successful pilot year working with the Watts Gallery, Arundel Museum & East Grinstead Museum, the ViL (Volunteers in Learning) project is being rolled out accross our sub-region again this financial year, and we are now encouraging museums to be part of this years Project.
The Project programme gives museums 2 days of bespoke on site training & mentoring support to up-skill volunteers & volunteer managers who have a responsibility to deliver or contribute to learning sessions and who engage with the public more generally.
It will directly assist up to 3 museums between September 2017 - March 2018. The MDO Project Manager Helen Derbyshire has already contracted two specialist consultant trainers in learning practices and volunteer management & leadership to work individually with participants in order to tailor elements of the training days. Each museum beneficiary will have 1 day with a learning trainer and 1 day with a volunteer management & leadership trainer. Each day will be split in half, so volunteers can attend a half day and those that manage or coordinate volunteers can come to the other half for more informal mentoring.
The project aims to provide museums with an opportunity to highlight and review key competencies, and discuss pertinent challenges in their organisation and management of volunteers working in learning & public engagement. The benefits for your museum volunteers attending such days could include; improved sector knowledge; best practice ‘dos and don’ts, why’s and how’; peer to peer reflection; increased confidence and team building.
An application to this project would be a great investment by the museum and may also lead on to greater changes such as; team reviews; learning programme redesign; policy planning and recruitment roles.
If you are interested in applying please send an Expression of Interest email titled ‘SEWS Learning Volunteers EOI’ to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm on Thursday 20th JULY.
Only Accredited or working towards Accreditation organisations may apply.