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24 hours….

Please do take part and promote to all your visitors: It’s just over a week to go until the 24 Hour Culture Survey. The updated website is now live. On there you will find two videos – a trailer and a statement from Sajid Javid, the Culture Secretary.www.24hourculture.co.uk.  Meera Syall has also given her support to […]

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Desperately seeking….

Desperately seeking …Bishops Palaces and medieval chapels for film shoots Workshop Date Rescheduled (due to more filming :-0) – NOW Thurs 4th December ! Click here  We live on the filming corridor of the West from Bristol to Manchester, Cardiff to Oxford…. all magically connected and in driving distance for film crews. Our chums at Heritage4Media  […]

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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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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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Collections Management Traineeships announced

4 west mids trainees join scheme The Collections Trust and the Arts Council England have announced the list of successful applicants for the new Collections Management Traineeships Programme. The 20 successful applicants are early-career professionals working in collections-focused roles in museums across England. During the traineeships, which last 12 months, the trainees will be supported in […]

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Making the Most of Digital Donations – a new guide by Charity Finance Group

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
The Charity Finance Group have published a new guide to online giving. They said: Online giving platforms have been in existence for over a decade and there are now a large number of operators offering a range of services. As charity supporters have become…

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Organic win for museum

2014 national winner! Well, they won! Congratulations Mary Arden’s Farm and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – for winning the Soil Association’s annual award for Organic Farm Visits. It might be partly historic luck the that the Trust have a farm in their property portfolio, but over the years they have taken creative and financial decisions to keep […]

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Politics of Participation in Museums

Brighton conference Weds 12 Nov FYI Brighton Museums, The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street (side entrance) 9.30am-4.30pm, £65, £50 concessions, book in advance here: http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/WhatsOn/Pages/politicsofparticipation.aspx As policy makers and funders continue to promote the benefits of participation in museums, how sustainable is this activity in a climate of cuts and short-term funding? Terms such as ‘co-production’, ‘co-curation’ and […]

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Working Internationally

10th november Birmingham museum A high profile event with lots of great opportunities for even the smallest museum. http://uk.icom.museum/working-internationally-regional-project Book a place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/working-internationally-regional-project-workshop-midlands-tickets-12687012195 Part of the Working Internationally Regional Project, this one-day workshop is for regional and local museums and galleries who are in the beginning stages of international work or interested in finding out more about […]

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Industrial Heritage Asset Transfer

a few places left for this Saturday Asset Transfer for Industrial Heritage: A Practical Symposium for Professionals, Community Groups and Volunteers caring for publicly owned Industrial Heritage Sites 18 October, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coalbrookdale. For more information/ to register, please contact:Ian.Bapty@ironbridge.org.uk, tel. 01952 435970       

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New Model English Heritage

 £88.5m investment to help it stand alone  The new model for English Heritage moves a step closer following consultation, says DCMS. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-model-for-english-heritage-moves-a-step-closer-following-consultation The Government today confirmed plans, announced last year, to restructure English Heritage, investing nearly £90 million over the next few years. A new body to manage and promote the properties and sites in the […]

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Collections care for volunteers

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014          Time: 10:00am-3:30pm Venue: Museum Resource Room, Montague Road, Warwick, CV34 5LW This workshop will introduce some of the basic principles and skills in collections care, focussing in particular on handling, moving and packing objects. It will be delivered by Becky Harvey, Flying Collections…

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e-cigarettes and museum collections

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Here is a blog post from the National Museum of Wales, which might be of interest. find more here http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/blog/?cat=2484#like_buttons_004wl9ZeKhZs5YM5YO12u1rZ Preventive Conservation October 2014 Are E-cigarettes harmful to museum collections? Posted by Christian Baars on 7 October 2014 Re-visiting no smoking policies to include non-tobacco replacement products. AC-NMW has recently…

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What are your visitors really thinking?

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
‘What are your visitors really thinking?’ was the question asked by the Staffordshire Museums Network at its last meeting. The seminar was led by Kate Measures, who joined the network again following a brilliant workshop last year on improving the visitor experience. It was fantastic to hear about the progress…

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More for Sustainability Grants

AIM funding pot increased by 25% The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) established Sustainability Grant porgramme has received a boost from their funders the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The annual pot, for each of the next three years, has been increased by 25% to a total of £75,000.  The programme targets smaller museums and supports actions which […]

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Hartlebury Castle’s future secured with help of Heritage Lottery Fund » Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust

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Arts Connect: funding

2014/2015 Partnership Investment Programme is launched We would like to invite expressions of interest to the 2014/2015 Partnership Investment Programme.  We seek to support initiatives that increase sustainable investment in arts and cultural activity across the West Midlands for children and young people. We are particularly interested in investing in activities that represent a strategic […]

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Young Cultural Leaders

you are invited ‘The Past is Now’ presentations from Young Cultural Leaders 12 – 3pm on 31st October 2014 at Ingestre Hall, Residential Arts Centre, http://www.ingestrearts.org.uk (you’ll need a proper invitation – please email Susan Goodwin, Programme Developer (Museums, Heritage, Libraries), Arts Connect West Midlands, susan.goodwin@wlv.ac.uk) You are invited to join us for lunch at 12 noon and to […]

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Time for a Collections Care Healthcheck?

31st October deadline The Collections Care Healthcheck is a free, on site evaluation delivered directly to qualifying museums in the West Midlands Region. A site visit is carried out by Jane Thompson-Webb (Collections Care Officer, Birmingham Museums) who will work with you to develop solutions that suit your resources. We will help you to identify […]

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Art Fund successes and pleas

Crowdfunding works? The West Midlands has particular reason to be grateful to the Art Fund – and its public supporters – of late. The Wedgwood Collection has been saved*, a new landscape art project has been funded at Compton Verney (a case where more than 100% is real!) and now the Ikon Gallery is starting […]

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GEM Conference 2014 Report

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
At the beginning of September I was given the opportunity by Museum Development North West to attend the GEM annual conference in Cambridge. As an education intern just beginning my work within museums I was very grateful for such a valuable experience, an opportunity to meet and learn…

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Museum Archaeology sessions

The Society for Museum Archaeology is offering two one day training sessions this Autumn. They are suitable for field archaeologists, museum curators, volunteers working with archaeological collections, or students wanting to learn more. Each session costs just £45. Places are limited to a maximum of 12 so book today! Contact SMA Training Officer Rhi Smith […]

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International Museum Day – 18 May 2015

Museums for a Sustainable Society Every year since 1977, ICOM (International Council of Museums) has organised International Museum Day (IMD), which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance […]

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Wedgwood Collections Saved!

£2.74m raised through a public appeal The Wedgwood Collection – one of the most important industrial archives in the world – has been saved, thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals, several businesses and a number of grant-making foundations. From:  http://www.savewedgwood.org/news/wedgwood-collection-saved Our campaign has raised a total of £15.75m; the final £2.74m through a […]

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170 museums sign up to Museum Freecycle UK

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
The portal (https://groups.freecycle.org/group/MuseumFreecycleUK/posts/all) is being run by exhibition designers and architects Urban Salon with the support of SHARE Museums East and The Collections Trust. The site offers museums an online tool, which enables them to recycle their showcases and other exhibition build items for free. The network connects…

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Women’s War : history conference

Women’s History Network Midlands Region Conference Saturday, 22 November 2014, 10.30am-4.00pm  University of Worcester, St. John’s Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.  EEG 087 (Urwin Lecture Theatre) For more informaiton and booking details download this Word document :WHNConf-November2014-Final The First World War: Culture and Society Conference Programme 10.30am          Registration and Coffee 11.00am          Keynote address ‘A Woman’s […]

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“..Only 24 hours from culture…”

UPDATE: NEW PRESS PACK :  prepare yourself and your visitors for making a splash on 24th to noon 25th October download this press pack full of good ideas and resources  Culture Survey Promo Pack FINAL Dusty? Gene? What cultural thang did you do? As you know, a group of arts, cultural and heritage organisations in the […]

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