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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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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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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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Golden Rules of Governance #4

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Day 4  – looking forward to the Golden Days of Autumn, here is our prescription for a healthy museum:  to be taken 2 per day over  five days. Answer the strategic questions! Where do you want to be in five years? What do you want…

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Shingle roofs in Burgundy

Twitter and Blog images revealed I’ve kept the same header images on my Blogs and Twitter since… forever. For me they are visually interesting and full of warm memories. Now my secret place can be revealed. Guedelon, an assarted area in the Morvan forest, Burgundy, is a 25-year long experimental history project to create a […]

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Golden Rules of Governance #3

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Day 3  – looking forward to the Golden Days of Autumn, here is our prescription for a healthy museum:  to be taken 2 per day over  five days. Meet up regularly! Set up a clear protocol of regular informal meetings between the chairman, vice chairman…

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The mouse that RAW’d

10years of Collection Care support How many of us must have benefited from the Collections Care programme of practical workshops, ‘Collections Health checks’ and of the amazing resource which is the ‘What’s eating your Collection’ online pest identification tool? Fresh from the Ironbridge Heritage Management MA in 2004 (I was otherwise very long in the […]

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Bunting breakthrough

World record attempt at Compton Verney I am thrilled to have been asked to be an official witness for Compton Verney’s Guinness Book of Records attempt at the longest line of bunting. They are pretty well there, now a whole host of elves are fixing the thousands of marvellously decorated isosceles triangles to 8 miles of […]

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Final call to get your after-hours events on sale in Boots and WHSmith!

Originally posted on Museums at Night Blog:
If you took part in Museums at Night, regularly run after-hours events, or are simply interested in generating income for your organisation, this is your last chance to join Culture24’s Activity Superstore partnership promoting cultural gift experiences in museums, galleries and heritage sites. Four boxes will be sold on…

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Work with an artist on a Museums at Nightclub!

Originally posted on Museums at Night Blog:
It’s been a busy summer of evaluation, looking in detail at responses to the Museums at Night festival from participating venues and the public. We have consistently received feedback from venues that have taken part in the Connect10 competition (and those that haven’t) that they would value more opportunities to…

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2 MidFed dates for your diaries

Who Cares About Our Collections? will take place in the beautiful surroundings of The Cottage Museum Woodhall Spa on Wednesday 17 September. The theme for the day will be the changing role of the curator, from specialist to generalist. On Wednesday 19 November join us at Wolverhampton Art Gallery for Through the Eyes 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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Motorcycle museum thefts

TROPHIES STOLEN We have this press release from the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Keep a look out and of course keep your own security up! Well done all the team for opening on time as normal!! URGENT PRESS RELEASE:NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM TROPHIES STOLEN DURING BURGLARY-REWARD OFFERED.  At around 11.00pm last evening (27/08) the inner […]

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Young Museum Professionals Event

Monday 6th October 2014, 10.30 -3.30,  Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Stratford-upon-Avon This exciting Marches Network and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust partnership event is an opportunity to make new contacts, share experiences and develop ideas with other early career professionals. The event includes tours of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Trust’s stores as well as a round table discussion with […]

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Golden Rules of Governance #2

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Allow not a cigarette paper to appear between the senior staffer/volunteer etc. and the Chair. Ensure there are no surprises in public, ever, on either side by proper briefing before meetings and constant talking. Hammer out any differences in private in advance and by…

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Fundraising programme places

Missed our fundraising programme last year?  Want some top up reminders? The Giving to Heritage programme run by Heritage Alliance and Institute of Fundraising is massive! Here are just some of the workshops coming up relatively locally – There’re only 15 places on each session- so book as soon as you can. They are also […]

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Golden Rules for Autumn #1: AIM style

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Summer isn’t over yet, but the last week of August is often one of reflection and planning for the season to come. No better time, then, to revisit and reassess how well we govern our museums. Years of hard-won experience reveal these 10 Golden…

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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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