The Society for Museum Archaeology has been awarded funding by Arts Council England (ACE) that will be used to deliver the SMART Project (Society for Museum Archaeology Resources and Training Project). The SMART Project represents a step-change for the Society in its ability to address in a practical way the challenges facing those charged with the care of archaeology collections: these challenges have been brought into sharp focus by the survey work SMA has been doing on behalf of Historic England from 2016 to 2018.
The overall purpose of this element of the project is to pilot a mentoring skills-sharing network between five mentor and five mentee museums in the South East. The pilot mentoring scheme will include training for mentors, the development of resources to support the mentor/mentee relationship, evaluation of the scheme and recommendations for a national roll out. The pilot will be developed collaboratively with the Society for Museum Archaeology and the South East Museum Development team. The consultant fee is £10,000, with an addition £500 expenses and travel budget, and an additional £5680 delivery budget (all figures inclusive of VAT).