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Re-inventing the Gyrus?

Hack a new Lunt Fort with us Coventry’s historic Roman fort needs a revamp … a chance to exercise your creative and collaborative muscles in a weekend of ideas with others over a FREE weekend’s  ‘hackathon’ 5-7 September 2014 at the fort Be part of a weekend of creativity, invention and fun, generating new ideas to […]

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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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MA conf. subsidised places

Small or medium sized museum? Would like to go to Museums Association conference (Cardiff, 9-10 October), but can’t afford it? There are a limited number of subisdised places on a first come first served basis for small and medium sized museum staff, and will cost £125 instead of £460. http://www.museumsassociation.org/news/19082014-ace-and-ma-offer-subsidised-places-to-cardiff-2014

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Give a little: Donation Box guidance – your help needed

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
AIM knows just how crucial good Donation Box strategy is for independent museums – large and small –  so it has commissioned Development Partners, writers of our current Success Guide on Fundraising, to prepare an online Guidance Sheet to provide easily accessible advice and…

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Tweet Up..

Museums Association members PLUS! Our Gemma is not just a brilliant MDO, she’s also the new West Midlands Museums Association Regional Rep. So she’s organised ‘a tweetup’  to get us all talking to each other – in real life not just over Twitter! The event is open to everyone, whether you are an MA member […]

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Retail Therapy: museum retail visits

Museum Retail Forum The series of retail workshops earlier this year highlighted the desire for an informal network of those involved with museum retail. We have in mind a mutually supportive forum where experienced staff can mix with beginners; where ideas, contacts, skills and insider tips can be grown and exchanged and maybe joint purchasing […]

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Funding for community and voluntary groups – Warwickshire News

‘Councillor Grant Fund’ + Why not sign up to the  Sub Regional Arts Development Funding Bulletin here: Mailing List sign up  Here is some of the information … see more through this link http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2014/08/11/funding-available-for-community-and-voluntary-groups-3/ What is the Councillor Grant Fund? – Warwickshire  a) The Councillor Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides grants […]

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The Collections Trust are looking for Creative Employment partners

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Creative & Cultural Skills recently published a blog by Nick Poole, CEO of the Collections Trust, explaining why they are seeking partners to join their consortium application to the Creative Employment Programme. In an increasingly competitive economy, all creative industries need to stay relevant to…

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Crowdsourcing … and how to do it

Webinar advice from Jisc Jisc Digital Media is pleased to announce a free online webinar on 12th September 2014 at 11.30am. (PS Jisc is a university /higher education based official community)  The webinar focusing on Crowdsourcing will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from two current crowdsourcing projects: 1. The Bentham Archive 2. Museum […]

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Bake off is Back!

Originally posted on Behind the Scenes at Nuneaton Museum:
Here at the museum many of us are fans of “The British Bake Off” as well as being great cake eaters.  I thought in celebration of the series returning last night that it might be nice to blog a recipe from a book in our collection.…

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Guide to Social Investment

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
English Heritage have kindly passed on to us a new guide published by the Big Lottery Fund and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) explaining social investment – useful for anyone involved in a voluntary and community organisation or social enterprise. Social Investment Explained

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Collections go digital- conference

Monday 17 Nov,  Great North Museum, Newcastle- upon-Tyne [Update:  Delegate booking and sponsorship sales open for the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Conference. More info here  www.collectionstrust.org.uk/going-digital-conference. and for tickets going-digital-conference/delegate-booking ) A new one-day conference to help museums improve their basic use of computers and the Internet has been launched by the Collections Trust as part of its major […]

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It’s Alive … BigDraw

The World’s Biggest Drawing Festival goes live… The 2014 Big Draw will run from 1 October to 2 November across the UK and in twenty other countries, with 280,000 people expected to join in over 1000+ events. Will you be taking a line for a walk in your museum ? … its easy …see here See what […]

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Fly me to … the Midlands

Visit Britain:Visit the Midlands … Help! it’s not just Shakespeare-land … but hey, get’m to the midlands and then let them stay longer, I say. Apparently Visit Britain and Heathrow airport are pitching Regions against each other for a chance to have £1m of advertising at Heathrow. Anne Hathaway’s cottage is their representative picture for the Midlands. It should only take […]

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GEM conference 2014

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
Enterprising Educators Generating income without compromising one’s principles Selwyn College Cambridge Tues 2nd – Thurs 4th September Find out how to raise more income from education programmes. Learn from leading experts and practitioners of entrepreneurship and income generation, including: Prof Shai Vyakarnam (holder of Best Entrepreneurship Professor award…

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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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