News & Opportunities

Here you will find all the latest news and opportunities from around the region and nationally. Just click on the 'show tags' button on the left under the calendar to filter the information to your requirements.

Security Review 'sharing day'

Accredited museums must obtain expert and objective security advice for collections at least every five years and plan to implement any recommendations.  We are interested to find out if there are museums in west Kent who are due a review of their security arrangements and would benefit from a 'sharing day' with a consultant security advisor to help meet the Accreditation requirement. Please contact joanna.low@brighton-hove.gov.uk to register your interest.

Funding opportunities for museums serving the South Downs National Park

A new funding opportunity is going to be available from local planning authorities – and in the South Downs National Park this should be from summer 2015. This is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for short – and it is to fund (broadly speaking) the facilities that make a community sustainable and able to adapt to change and development.

The South Downs National Park Authority has decided it needs to understand the potential needs of the cultural heritage sector and how this could be met from CIL and other funding over the next 5 years. Their first step is to gather the information from all the organisations in the world of cultural heritage who might have projects to be supported through this scheme.

There will be a process around how CIL is allocated as it has to be justified to the developers who provide the money and to other national bodies. This means that the planning authority has to have a list of potential projects that organisations want to deliver.

The Authority have appointed consultants to gather the information and will be circulating a Survey Monkey by email later this week.

Anne Bone, Cultural Heritage Strategy Lead says: 'Our first step is to gather the information from all the organisations in the world of cultural heritage who might have projects to be supported through this scheme. Even if your ideas are at an early stage do let us know about them – just like the lottery you have to be in it  to win it!'

Your museum may have received an email from Anne regarding this opportunity. If not, and you want to take part in the survey, please contact Anne by email: Anne.Bone@southdowns.gov.uk