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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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There must be an app for that…

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
..and there is. In the quest to ‘make a difference’ and to support the continuing development of museums in the region, MDOs in the West Midlands run formal events, programmes, training, initiatives, grants etc. Each one of these is monitored and evaluated in one way or another, providing figures…

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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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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 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 for Partners (word) Call for Partners: Learning Museum 2014-2017 The […]

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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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15 days to raise 15k

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 has just three weeks left [ 15 working days !:-)] to raise £15,000 to fund a new commission by leading landscape designer Dan Pearson which will transform […]

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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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WCC FREE Community Computers 2014 – LAPTOPS | News | Voluntary Action Stratford upon Avon

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ACE Museum Resilience Fund

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
FYI The Museum Resilience Fund 2015-18 is due to open for applications from 25th September and close on November 6th. All guidance will be available on the Arts Council website next week.

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Seeking a Chair – National Accreditation Committee

Closing date just one week away! The Museum Accreditation Committee is appointed by Arts Council England to consider applications under the Accreditation Scheme for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom. The committee makes decisions on behalf of National Council, the non-executive board of Arts Council England, in awarding and removing Accreditation status for the […]

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Paid attractions lead a strong rise in visits across English visitor attractions in 2013

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Visit England has recently published the official visitor attraction figures for 2013. Whilst the overall 4% rise in visitor figures for museums is to be welcomed, it is not as strong as the 5% rise across attractions as a whole. A look at the…

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Young Museum Professionals to meet at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
We are pleased to announce this exciting event in partnership with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The new introductory exhibition ‘Famous Beyond Words’ at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The next meeting of the Young Museum Professionals Network will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday 6th October 2014 and is kindly hosted by Emily Millward, Museum Collections…

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It’s back to school with our Autumn training programme

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Have you seen our 2014 training programme? We have a full programme of events still to come in the run up to Christmas. These are based on a range of museum issues including: Retail Mounting costume Arts Award Governance Environmental sustainability Each event will normally be attended by one of…

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Golden Rules of Governance #5

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Day5 – The last two of our 10 Golden Rules of Governance: Make the board aware of its legal obligations, individual and collective! Act for the charity, not for self nor for your nominating body. Make sure charity does not operate insolvently. Declare all conflicts…

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