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< 3yrs museum ‘Resilience’ funding: 6 Nov deadline

ACE funding announced This news of the major funding round  was announced at the same time as Museum Development fund. It is open to individual (Accredited) museums, groups of museums or programmes with museums. With an overall budget of £10m this is a major fund, but each successful application is expected to be for activities between […]

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Museum Development re-funded

..and the news many of us have been waiting for Arts Council England announces an £864,000 investment to support museum development across the West Midlands Arts Council England has announced Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust as one of nine successful museums across the country to receive investment from its Museum development fund.  The successful applicants to the Museum Development fund […]

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“..Only 24 hours from culture…”

Dusty? Gene? What cultural thang did you do? As you know, a group of arts, cultural and heritage organisations in the West Midlands are undertaking a major survey to discover what arts and culture means to people. This is not like our recent Economic Impact survey work , but a more general ‘whoop’ and ‘celebration’ of the […]

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Museums: Punching above our weight…

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
‘..And though she be but little, she is fierce’.[1] In the wider economic scheme of things museums are pretty small beer. In UK industrial economic terms, museums and heritage are tucked in somewhere in and amongst tourism …. or sometimes in with creative industries or, perhaps, education. Although tourism…

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Green Award chance for Mary Arden

MARY Arden’s Farm is aiming for success naturally. (a proud and pleased ‘lifelong organic mdo’ … :-) Organic success for Mary Arden’s Farm | Stratford Upon Avon (from the Stratford Observer) The Wilmcote visitor attraction has been selected as a finalist in the Best Organic Farm Visit category in the prestigious 2014 Soil Association Organic […]

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Collection Care decade celebration

Improving our collections from top to bottom  You are warmly invited to attend a celebration of RAW to mark its first ten years The Mouse that RAW’d,  October 17th 2014 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ThinkTank museum Birmingham Ten years ago this October, the very first RAW* course was held at Much Wenlock museum. Since then, collection care […]

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In it to win it?

Museums and Heritage Award 2015 The Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions.  Generating very public recognition for the winners and shortlistees, these awards give all organisations – no matter what size – the opportunity to enjoy the spotlight. With ten categories […]

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MA Conf subsidised places

for 1st time delegates To celebrate the Museums Association’s (MA) 125th anniversary, Arts Council England (ACE) and the MA are offering 50 subsidised places at £125 each for first-time delegates from small- to medium- sized museums at the annual conference and exhibition in Cardiff. The places, worth £460 at full price, include all sessions, receptions, […]

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Countdown for Compton Verney

final plea to raise 15k (UPDATE) Art Happens The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow  Compton Verney Art Gallery makes final plea to public for support to realize landscape designer Dan Pearson’s project Compton Verney Art Gallery makes final plea to public to help them realize landscape designer Dan Pearson’s William Morris wildflower meadow project […]

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young people: recruitment and management

Guidance and help via Creative and Cultural Skills Hear about other apprenticeships and internships run locally to West Midlands and supported through CCS Recruiting & managing young people in the creative industries (Birmingham,the Custard Factory), Get the knowledge and skills to recruit, induct and manage young workers. DATE: 3 October 2014, 09:15 — 3 October 2014, […]

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Roman Fort recreated in Minecraft

Here’s one we made earlier – AD60 Hot foot on the heels of the LudiLunt hackathon, at the beginning of September, one of the projects mooted there has taken off. Recognising the mass interest – from adults as well as young people- in the online building game, Minecraft, Lunt have begun to rebuild the whole […]

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Treasure Plus – last round open!

Funding programme: open for applications Treasure Plus aims to deepen public engagement with items of treasure and related archaeological material by providing grants of up to £10,000 for display and interpretation projects. In the final round of funding, we will be looking for ambitious projects that encourage public engagement and: Demonstrate an innovative approach to […]

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Civil Society Finance: Could your charity benefit from a loan?

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
This useful blog from Civil Society Finance, points out that a loan, in the right circumstances, can be a self-empowering way for charities like museums to fast-track their plans to increase income, reduce their reliance on donations and reduce their long-term costs and is…

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Five ways of being more financially resilient without increasing income

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
We really liked this blog from Kita Jiwani at NCVO about how being financially resilient isn’t just about increasing your income. They make five short points about other things you need to do to be financially resilient: Define your strategy (and stick to it, then…

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Host a 12 month trainee – looking for partners

British Museum seeking partners for trainees     15th October deadline for expression of interest Please see accompanying documents and timetable for this HLF funded 12month trainee progamme (similar to Skills for the Future programmes successfully run in this region previously). nb the trainees are fully funded via BM.  Learning Museum_Expression of Interest (word) Learning Museum_Call […]

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Cultural Commissioning Programme

Birmingham the venue for 4 day training package The Cultural Commissioning Programme is working hard to strengthen the environment for cultural commissioning!  Our programme of support is now being launched to help arts and cultural organisations engage with public service commissioning and diversify their income.  From 2014 to 2016, we will work with arts and […]

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Retail Forum visit

Lichfield museum shops impress The new, informal West Midlands Museum Retail Forum (#museumretail) got off to a great start  in Lichfield yesterday with the first in a short series of visits to different museum venues. 12 people, with oversight of their museum retail offer, from 10 different sites across the region were welcomed by two of […]

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Giving to Heritage mentoring scheme launched

practice your fundraising mentoring skills A mentoring scheme has now been launched as part of the Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Giving to Heritage scheme. An opportunity for heritage fundraisers to receive expert advice on their specific fundraising projects, the scheme is free of charge and has a deadline of 13 October. Mentors and mentees […]

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New schools resource under development

Originally posted on Behind the Scenes at Nuneaton Museum:
Over the past few weeks, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery has been working with freelance Education Consultant, Barbara Touati-Evans on a new resource for visiting school groups. The resource, which will take the form of a part taught workshop at the Museum, addresses the theme of…

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ACE Museum Resilience Fund Update

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
Arts Council England have announced that information about the Museum Resilience Fund will not now be available on the ACE website on Wednesday 17th September. They will however be able to share the general principles on the day. For contact details please visit the Arts Council England contacts page

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Everyone loves culcha …

another survey … this one is ‘smart’ SmartCulture in the West Midlands : Cultural Heritage Organisation Survey This survey is designed to explore the threats and opportunities that Cultural Heritage organisations in the West Midlands are currently facing. We are particularly interested in your opinions on the extent of your networking activities, funding, your access […]

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Arts and Culture network during Party conference

CACIN @ CONFERENCE 2014 You are invited to the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network afternoon and evening at Conservative Party Conference 2014. Generously hosted at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. Monday 29th September Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE Map Panel Discussions 2pm – “Access to Finance in the Creative Industries” – […]

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So, what is a hackathon?

a hackathon to reinvent the Lunt Roman fort Splashing into an unknown territory, Gary Hall decided to enlist a community of enthusiasts; from techy computer coders to classics undergraduates and junior visitors to help create a a storm of ideas of ways to revive the site of Lunt Roman Fort..over a weekend …camping and all. […]

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Heritage Motor Centre Volunteers Blog: Welcome to the Volunteers Data Team


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Objects in need of new homes

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Norfolk Museum Service is rationalising a selection of objects which are outside its collecting policies. It has collections from Norwich, Gressenhall and Great Yarmouth all needing new homes. The full lists of objects can be accessed by following the links below. Gressenhall Objects Norwich Objects Great Yarmouth Objects In particular…

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New Volunteers and New Opportunities

Originally posted on Compton Verney Volunteering:
We had an exciting week last week as we had three new volunteers come to Compton Verney for their induction day. John, Anne, and Roland arrived bright and early at 10am on Tuesday to meet our Front of House Manager, Emily, and to enjoy a look around the grounds…

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Researching and archives – Shell & the Art of Advertising

Originally posted on Upton House and Gardens:
My name is Barbara Purser and I’ve been a Tour Guide at Upton for nine years.   Right from the start, I was keen to do some of my own research into whatever subject was to be part of the various tours I was doing whether it was paintings,…

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