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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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Heritage and People: Churches Conservation Trust

Conference explores interdependence of heritage sites and communities. Wednesday 25 March  – 27th March ,All Souls,  Bolton Enjoy an early bird rate of £165 until 1 January. The registration fee includes attendance on 25-26 March at all conference presentations and the drinks and Conference Dinner on 25 March.  The site visits are an optional addition and […]

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Technicians Tales goes behind the scenes at Staffordshire County Museum

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
The latest instalment in the Technicians Tales series is now available to view on our YouTube channel. The fourth film was shot in Staffordshire County Museum’s large object store. It features Chris Copp, Senior Museum Officer and Bryan Blount, Technician: Collections Management discussing how the museum cares for its…

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Behind Closed Doors in the West Midlands: Brilliant case studies on your doorstep

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
A new collection of case studies explores how West Midlands museums are improving access to stored collections. In 2014, the Museum Development programme supported four museums in the West Midlands to identify imaginative and creative ways to engage visitors with their stored collections: the Behind Closed Doors project. We commissioned…

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Technicians Tales from Coventry Transport Museum

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
We have released a further two films in our Technicians Tales series via our Museum Development WM YouTube channel. ‘Preparing a Classic Car for Display’ and ‘Preparing A Classic Motorcycle for Display’ were filmed behind the scenes at Coventry Transport Museum with technicians Will van Gemeren and Chris Shawbridge and volunteer…

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Jodi Awards for Accessible Digital Culture Invite Applications for 2015

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
The Jodi Awards are offered in memory of Jodi Mattes and were first given in 2003 – the European Year of Disabled People. The Awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues which use digital technology to widen access to information, collections,…

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Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations

Can you take an apprentice? Dudley College are looking for employers interested in taking on apprentices or converting existing employees into apprentices. Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Dudley college are working with the Black Country Living Museum, Sandwell Museum Services and Dudley Zoo to deliver cultural and heritage venue operations apprenticeships from this September (?2015).The […]

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Social History Curators Group

Call for papers for 2015 conf “Plans are afoot for our next annual conference in 2015! We’ll be visiting The Silk Mill, part of Derby Museums, and the Millennium Gallery at Museums Sheffield and the theme for conference will be: A Toast to the Future! New ways of engaging. Social history practitioners have led the way […]

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Navigating the Art Market

An ArtFund /Sothebys course A short course developed by Sotheby’s Institute of Art in partnership with the Art Fund. This course has been developed for early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market, and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge.  The course, which combines  flexible online learning with a […]

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Leadership programme

it’s museums too! This leadership programme comes highly recommended- its not just for Arts organisations or Senior managers… Aspiring managers are welcome too, apparently. run in partnership with Culture Hive, Arts Marketing Association, the Audience Agency and Arts Council England From ‘Them’ To ‘Us': Leadership Programme An intensive leadership programme for the directors of cultural […]

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Museum on the Move: A Care Home Idol

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
The Museum on the Move (MoM), our mobile museum experience, has entered Care Home Idol with a short film taken during a visit to Springbank Nursing Home in Staffordshire. Care Home Idol is an annual competition to promote and celebrate all forms of entertainment in care homes in the UK. It is designed…

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How was it for you? First World War Centenary

‘Lessons Learned’ Centenary Partnership Meeting  INVITATION  Friday 16 January 10am-4pm The Nicolson Building, Winterbourne House and Gardens, University of Birmingham To mark the First World War Centenary, over 3,000 organisations from 50 countries have joined the First World War Centenary Partnership and engaged the public in commemorations through thousands of educational activities. You are invited to attend […]

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Collections Trust on writing funding applications for collections projects

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In this useful presentation, Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole explains how museums can write more effective grant applications for collections based projects. His eight golden rules are: Only apply for funding for activities that are consistent with your aims, forward plan and core priorities. Be prepared and produce a…

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Best Kept Footpath Award for Compton Verney

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
I’m glad to say that the team at Compton Verney have received another award, this time for the Best Kept Footpath! Collecting the award from Penny Stott, Stratford Ramblers. ? Our path runs across the historic East Park, under which lies the ‘Old Town’ of Compton Murdak. The mown public…

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..’more stores and bigger pots’

(with apologies to the Yorkshire saying) We are passing on this request from a student:   Can you help? I am writing my dissertation for my Masters degree in Museum Studies, and am concentrating on the issue of the future of collecting and lack of adequate storage space. The Fast Forward report conducted by Renaissance […]

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Online fundraising? Advice

How to choose which ‘online giving’ platform to use All kinds of museums, large and small, are asking their follows to donate to them online, but how do you make the choice between one platform and another, what questions should you ask yourself … before you end up choosing one which suits your size and […]

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Early Career Placement at Warwick

Museum and Heritage Learning Voluntary Placements with Heritage and Culture Warwickshire Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) have two volunteering opportunities on offer for people looking for start of career work experience.  See here for more detail  

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Digital Curation conference

10th International Digital Curation Conference “Ten years back, ten years forward: achievements, lessons and the future for digital curation” 9 – 12 February 2015,  30 Euston Square, London, http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc15 *************************************************************** IDCC is 10 years old! For a decade now IDCC has brought together leaders and experts in digital curation. Please join us for the Pre-Conference Drinks […]

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Social media tricks

Tricks of the trade from rest of the charity sector Museums can be very good at  ‘telling the story'; of communicating complex ideas and facts in accessible and entertaining ways. Social media is another tool in the box for us. This mega event is in London, but if you want to have a big quick […]

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Ethics! your thoughts

Museums Association (MA) launches online consultation into changes to its code of ethics. (from Museums Journal, 2nd December) The code was last updated in 2002, although the section relating to disposal was changed in 2007 to allow for financially-motivated disposal in exceptional circumstances. The consultation asks questions on a wide range of topics, from digital […]

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Induction…do you do ?

 I deduce many of us don’t induct with method Over the last few weeks, and specifically at a Governance seminar yesterday and a Volunteer Manager forum today the importance of good induction procedures for new trustees and other volunteers has been emphasised. How can we expect new people to join and contribute fully – and […]

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Office Technology for Charities

Have you registered for free stuff? The charity TT-exchange works with a number of hi tech companies, including Adobe and Microsoft to distribute Tech to charities –  for free or at an amazingly cheap price. Most independent museums and volunteer led sites are eligible – you do need  to be registered with the Charity Commission. […]

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M&H Awards deadline

MUSEUMS + HERITAGE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 2015 (from http://www.museumsandheritage.com/) The Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which battle it out to win one of 11 prestigious awards. Will you be among them? The categories for 2015 cover […]

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Good enough to eat

More than a caff! Museum cafes and dining experiences are becoming increasingly popular and when managed successfully can provide potentially profitable revenue streams. Oxford Aspire event:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – 10:00, Ashmolean, £25 book here Oxford University Stores Through creative case studies and shared experiences, this workshop will begin to explore the range of catering […]

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Gift Aid: claiming.. are you?

 AIM survey shows still low museum take up (from AIM e-news. for more Gift Aid info search this site under ‘Gift Aid’) “As many as 44% of museums who could claim Gift Aid on admissions are not doing so, AIM’s 2014 Autumn Online Survey has revealed.  This rises to two-thirds of eligible museums with under […]

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Visitor Verdict – Top Tips for Collecting Email Addresses

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
With over 200 museums now taking part in AIM Visitor Verdict – a free visitor research and benchmarking programme – we thought now would be a good time to share some top tips for making collecting visitors’ email addresses as easy as possible. 1.   …

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