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Accreditation Guidance updates

and a new template! Arts Council England (ACE) has issued revised Accreditation guidance documents and Collections Development Template. The standard itself has not changed, the guidance documents are purely updated for clarification, taking into account queries that have arisen in the previous 12 months. All updates are clearly marked. A particular feature this year is […]

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Free bursary:Working Internationally Regional Project

Been there?  Done that? yes? no? We want to know UPDATE As an incentive for completing the WIRP survey before 8 August, they are offering one free place and travel bursary for each workshop  Here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W-I-R-P    (from  ICOM-UK website .. see more here http://uk.icom.museum/working-internationally-regional-project/ The Working Internationally Regional Project is funded by Arts Council […]

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Lights Out : 4 August

14-18Now Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection. As part of the commemoration of the Centenary of World War 1 the organisation 14-18Now Art Commissions […]

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How accessible is your web presence?

events and training A training event, some social media surgeries and another guide … Just like fundraising, each of us working for museums has some personal responsibility to make sure our web and social media presence is as effective and accessible to all as the rest of our operation. So here are 3 (FREE) ways to […]

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Managing Volunteers – training day

30th September, Birmingham Whether you are a volunteer yourself or are employed to manage or co-ordinate a team of volunteers, getting to grips with the paperwork and the people skills is the same everywhere. This session is lead by two of our most experienced volunteer leaders: Richard Gough, Volunteer Co-ordinator for Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and […]

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Crafty Corner

Originally posted on Museum of Carpet:
Gemma with her beautiful work Staff and volunteers at the museum were in for a treat today when one of our young visitors, Gemma Patrick, brought in some textile work to share with us. Gemma, aged 8 from Perth in Western Australia, has been doing latch hook work with…

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Natural History Collections Seminar

Thursday 7 August 14.30–16.00 Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London It’s free , contact julie.reynolds@nhm.ac.uk  , collections-management-seminar-07082014-132178

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Flutter-by Butterfly Count

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
I popped out for a quick walk around the west lawn at Compton Verney this morning to make a start on our butterfly recording for the big butterfly count. Aside from a wide-brimmed hat and catch net (are these still in use?) I simply wandered with my clipboard and…

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How to make your own museum

DerbySilkMill:Bottom up Many of you will already know how the SilkMill in Derby is being revived, from scratch, by REALLY involving the local community… in fact they are not only setting the ideas, but physically making prototypes of objects and furniture which will be in the museum when it opens. Not everyone is in the […]

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Analysing your online presence

a sensible lecture! Hello Culture is really exciting ongoing series of events that explores how digital technologies and media are disrupting the way cultural and heritage organisations can produce, interact, create, curate content, transforming how audiences can connect and engage with cultural experiences. Their recent conference, in a series of you tube videos, is online […]

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Kenilworth Gatehouse excavations

A Festival of Archaeology event July 23, 2014 http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2014/07/23/excavation-of-14th-century-kenilworth-gatehouse-is-hailed-as-a-great-success/ The work to uncover the historic building took place last week as part of the national Festival of Archaeology. It involves archaeologists, community interest groups and students who were all eager to know more about the interesting artefacts discovered at the site. Amongst the finds were evocative […]

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What’s involved in an emergency salvage test?

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
The Collections Officer briefs her teams before beginning salvage work. On 17 July, the Flying Collections Assistant was at Bilston Craft Gallery leading 2 emergency salvage workshops attended by managers, staff and volunteers from Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Bantock House, as well as Bilston. Each session began with an introduction to key…

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Asbestos Alert: WW1 Helmets

It’s not just the gas masks! Some timely advice HSE, via IWM and Nuneaton … download the pdf here gas-masks-and-military-helmets-hse-letter-with-advice    

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2 Tone Remembered at the Belgrade Theatre at Belgrade Theatre

museum- theatre- music- memories A play-revived, memories-collected, photograph- exhibited, designs-inspired, events-promoted  ..visitors-pleased, tickets-sold.  Belgrade theatre and Coventry’s Music Museum – Now there’s collaboration. From the Belgrade Theatres blog   Three Minute Heroes, the smash-hit 2 Tone musical will make its long awaited return to the Belgrade for three, foot-stomping weeks this Autumn following two previous sell-out runs […]

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4 artist in residences opps.

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire: Reframing Sheldon project. There is opportunity for one residency with a lead artist who will work closely with the Market Hall Museum, and three residences for “Artist (Community Engagement”) who will focus on community engagement. The lead artist will also have responsibility for supporting the development of the programme and the community engagement residences. […]

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Legal guidance on using tick boxes for donations and Gift Aid on admissions

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Charity law specialist, Farrer & Co, have produced very helpful guidance on recent changes to the law which need to be complied with when using tick boxes to add donations to transactions or when using the ‘plus 10%’ Gift Aid on admissions scheme. The…

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Big Draw list goes public… soon

On 1 August. So add yours now!  Want help? Take a look at our new registration guide The example listing here shows you how much space you have to promote your event and venue with words, images, web links and videos. The BBC wants to feature the best Big Draw events on our 2014 theme “It’s Our World”. Register now to potentially […]

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Understanding Audiences

an OxfordAspire event 5 September 2014, 10.30am-3.30pm, Ashmolean Museum Museums need to understand who their audiences are and how they engage with them both physically and virtually. If they are to develop their audiences, museums also need to understand who their potential audiences are, why they aren’t visiting, and what might motivate them to engage […]

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Photographic collections curator training

with the V&A The V&A is seeking two regional museum partners with art photograph collections, but limited photography curatorial expertise, to join the above programme which is supported by the Art Fund.   The programme will provide training for emerging curators and raise the profile of the collections, making them more publically accessible.  I attach details […]

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Arts Outside

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 9.30-4pm WMPAF Arts Outside, The Treehouse, Birches Valley Forest Centre, Cannock Chase, (Forestry Commission site), Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ ‘Arts Outside’ is a West Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (WMPAF) event for artists, arts organisations and anyone with an interest in participatory and community arts. The day is an opportunity to share, debate, discuss […]

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Oral History training

a workshop in Staffs. You may find this of interest Apedale Heritage Centre on Monday 11th August from 10.00 until 13.00 How to run an oral history activity Ethical guidelines Sharing oral histories This will all take place at Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle. ST57RR. There is a cafe at the centre if participants […]

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Tips from the first AIM Visitor Verdict Results Workshop

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
“I wish I’d collected more email addresses” was the overwhelming response from the 14 representatives of museums and heritage sites who attended the first AIM Visitor Verdict Results workshop, as they discovered the huge range of insights that Visitor Verdict can give into every…

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How Visitor Verdict helps – income, marketing, fundraising and visitor experience

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
A Visitor Verdict Results Workshop was held recently to help museums and heritage sites get even more out of their membership of the free, AIM Visitor Verdict benchmarking and visitor research programme. During the session Steve Mills of BDRC Continental explained about four areas…

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Collections care during digitisation

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
This week Becky Harvey, Flying Collections Assistant, led a workshop for volunteers on collections care during digitisation. The workshop marked the launch of the Pen Museum’s archive digitisation project and looked specifically at ways of protecting 2D archival items to support this project. Collections care during digitisation workshop at the…

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24 hours of culture …

We’re all doing it! A group of arts and heritage groups in the west midlands (the WhatNext? group) are eager to prove just how important culture is to almost everyone’s lives …from listening to the radio, singing in the school choir through visiting a theatre, going to a museum or drawing a picture.  On 24-25 October […]

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