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The South East Museum Development Programme runs various regional projects, many in partnership with other organisations.  On these pages you can find out what regional project opportunities and cultural partnerships are on offer for your museum.

Annual Data Survey

We are re-launching our South East Museums Annual Data Survey: a survey to gather evidence to help demonstrate, and prove, the social and economic importance of museums both locally and regionally, to funders and stakeholders.

SHOWCASE conference

The SHOWCASE conference is back for 2016.  This time, the day will be a combination of case studies from our region's museums, and speakers presenting on significant topics affecting our sector.

Collections Trust

The South East Museum Development Programme are excited to be working in partnership with the Collections Trust to offer free workshops for museums in the South East of England.

Retail Resilience Project

Led by the Association of Cultural Enterprise, the Retail Resilience project is a training programme that is all about developing the knowledge and skills for retail in the museum sector.

Digital Skills in Museums

Culture24 will support hundreds of museums struggling to start their digital journey by providing them with simple, structured, and accessible online ‘pathways’. These will address common challenges and issues, focus on digital skills and be tailored to museum contexts.

Arts Business Models

Apply for your museum to be partnered with one of 6 successful arts organisations, idenfitied through research carried out for the South East Museum Development Programme by experts Dawn Langley and Susan Royce of consultancy Alchemy. Embark on a journey of peer learning, supported with an investment budget from the South East Museum Development Programme.

Mainstream Diversity Project

Across the region, the South East Museum Development Programme supports Boards of Accredited Museums, and those working towards Accreditation, in their aspirations to become more diverse, and thus more effective and resilient. The project is part of confirming diversity as a core value in all areas of Museum Development activity.

'Creative Commercial Collections' Study Visit

Tuesday 2–Thursday 4 May 2017. A study visit to the Netherlands sharing your good practice in Creative Commercial Collections practice. We'll explore how museums are working with designers and producers to develop contemporary product ranges, with an emphasis on positioning collections as a primary source for creative inspiration, with significant social and economic value. Applications for places are now open, closing at 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

'Creative Commercial Collections' Study Visit

Cultural Partnerships

Lucy Marder is the Cultural Partnerships Officer for the South East Museum Development Programme.

Lucy's role supports collaborations in the Hampshire Solent area, sharing best practice, and acting as a source of advice for others in the South East. She champions collaborative working and support the significant culture change this requires. 

Effective Retail in Small Museums

This project is being piloted in the BOB and SEWS sub regions in 2016/7. It consists of a purchasing syndicate for museums with a turnover of c.£15,000 or less; 'How-To' guides; and retail audits and action plans for individual museums.

Overview of organisations we work with

Organisation Title (if applicable) Detail / Website
A-N (The Artists Information Company)
Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT)   Supporting Military museums in the region.
Art Fund Weston Loans Programme Will provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to National museum and gallery collections.
Arts Marketing Association (AMA) Future Proof Museums & CultureHive Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across England.
Arts Council England (ACE)    
Artswork   Is one of two Bridge organisations in the South East.  (Royal Opera House cover North Kent and Medway).
Association of Cultural Enterprises  Retail Resilience Programme Retail Resilience project is a training programme open to 20 museums in the SE and is about developing the knowledge and skills for retail in the museum sector.
Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Hallmarks The 'AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums' offer a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify what it is about how successful heritage organisations work that enables them to prosper and thrive.
British Assoication of Friends of Museums    
British Council Cultural Skills Unit & Shaing Skills 'Cultural Skills' vision is to create a stronger, more prosperous cultural sector with high quality technical, transversal and English language cultural skills provision, benefiting institutions and enriching the lives of individuals, thereby increasing the UK's reputation for excellence and building trust between people and institutions worldwide.
British Museum Age Friendly Museums Project
Collections Trust   Outreach Officer
Culture24 Digital Pathways  
Culture United Prosper  
Group for Education in Museums (GEM) Learning and Sharing Centre  
Hampshire Cultural Trust Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy  
Heritage Lottery Fund    
Imperial War Museums 1914 Centenary Partnership  
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)    
International Council of Museums (ICOM) Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP)      
Institute of Historical Research (IHR)    
Kids in Museums    
Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDip) at Arts University College Bournemouth Symbiosis  
Museums Association (MA)    
Museum Development Network (MDN)    
National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing    
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Museums and University Partnership Initiative (MUPI)  
Oxford University Museum Partnership (OUMP) Major Partner Museum  
Project Art Work Explorers  
Royal Holloway University London (RHUL) Citizens  
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Sensing Cultures  
Royal Pavilion & Museums Major Partner Museum  
Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) Preparing to Borrow: Approaches to sharing collections  
University of Kent Gateways to the First World War  
Volunteer Makers Volunteer Makers