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Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2013-14 now closed

The 2013-14 Hampshire Solent Museum Development 'Training Bursary' scheme closed on 31 January 2014, after a very successful year which brought many high quality and innovative applications.

Bursaries totalling over £12,000 have been awarded during the year to 14 organisations, large and small, independent and public:

  • Brading Roman Villa
  • Carisbrooke Castle Museum
  • Dimbola Museum and Galleries
  • Hampshire County Council Arts and Heritage
  • Isle of Wight Heritage Service
  • Jane Austen's House Museum
  • King John's House and Heritage Centre
  • National Motor Museum
  • Portsmouth City Museums
  • Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
  • Royal Military Police Museum
  • Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage
  • Winchester City Museums

More than 100 individuals - staff, trustees and volunteers from Hampshire Solent Museums - have obtained places at training courses, conferences or study visits through these awards.

Recent applications have included a number of innovative partnership proposals, groups of museums working together to pool resources and skills, establishing peer networks for mutual resilience.

How are successful applicants using their learning to drive improvement in their museums? Here are a few examples:

'Collection records will be put onto Modes for the first time to improve access to our collection, allow us to audit, condition report etc. to meet Accreditation standards.' (Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage)

'To utilise volunteers' skills and experience to develop events and projects' (Petersfield Museum)

'To contribute new ideas to the current project, in order to create a more innovative and thought-provoking visitor experience with the curatorial and design team' (National Motor Museum)

'To revive our rationalisation programme' (Portsmouth City Museum)

Visit the Case Studies section to find out about how some of our successful applicants used their bursaries to attend the MA seminar on collections rationalisation and then shared their learning with the wider sector. More case studies based on training bursary learning will be published over the coming months.

The 2014-15 scheme will open in April, when updated criteria and application materials will be published and announced via the Newsletter.

Find out about other Hampshire Solent Museum Development activities that can benefit your museum.