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The future of the Culture Grid?

 Collections Trust seeks views  The Collections Trust is seeking the views and ideas of the UK cultural heritage community to inform the future development of the Culture Grid (www.culturegrid.org.uk), the aggregator for museum, library and archive content. They are hoping to find out what works, what doesn’t and how the Culture Grid should evolve in […]

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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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Gift Aid: claiming.. are you?

 AIM survey shows still low museum take up (from AIM e-news. for more Gift Aid info search this site under ‘Gift Aid’) “As many as 44% of museums who could claim Gift Aid on admissions are not doing so, AIM’s 2014 Autumn Online Survey has revealed.  This rises to two-thirds of eligible museums with under […]

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Visitor Verdict – Top Tips for Collecting Email Addresses

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
With over 200 museums now taking part in AIM Visitor Verdict – a free visitor research and benchmarking programme – we thought now would be a good time to share some top tips for making collecting visitors’ email addresses as easy as possible. 1.   …

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Peek Behind Closed Doors?

Call for case studies Our ‘Behind Closed Doors’ ‘collections in stores’ project and toolkit is looking for case studies to add more local examples… Are you the ones? here is more about the toolkit so far http://marchesnetwork.org.uk/2014/10/29/behind-closed-doors-mini-toolkit/ Tell us what your museum is doing to engage visitors with its stores, stored collections or behind the scenes […]

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Life’s about a ‘like’ and a ‘share’: Ten lessons learnt during a year on social media

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Over the past 12 months the Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire has been working hard to expand its social media following. During the 2014 visitor season it saw an 11% increase in paying day visitors, which it attributes largely to social media. At this week’s Staffordshire County Council staff conference Corinne Caddy, Deputy Manager,…

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Museum Retail Forum visit

Xmas shopping- someones got to do it! Members of the Regional Forum were guests of 2 National Trust properties for the third of our site visits to museum retail outlets. Our host was Mary Andrew, the talented – prize winning even – retail manager for both Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House. Both sites have just […]

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HLF discussion forums

learning from other recipients Did you know the HLF have online discussion forums so that you can talk to, and get advice and tips from,  other projects receiving funding under specific programmes? Well worth not re-inventing the wheel . Has anyone had experience of the fora yet? Our community forums provide the opportunity for you to connect, […]

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Handling, Packing, Moving objects

Some spare places on Monday Dec. 1st course led by Regional Collection Care officer Jane Thompson-Webb. Takes place at Leamington Spa Gallery and Museum, 10-4pm. Please contact   helen.johnson@staffordshire.gov.uk

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An Inuit diet is not for me, but maybe Heston has the right idea!

Originally posted on Behind the Scenes at Nuneaton Museum:
Whilst developing compositions for my final illustrations, I’m still reading up on the way of life in Inuit communities. One of the things I find most enjoyable to do with friends and family is to cook and eat. However somehow, after reading these recipes found in…

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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE HERITAGE IN MOTION AWARDS 2015

Originally posted on ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH TRANSPORT & ENGINEERING MUSEUMS:
Heritage in Motion is an annual multimedia competition for the creators of films, games, apps and websites on themes related to Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage in Motion grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia achievements and products,through varied, creative and innovative…

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Giving to Heritage seminars

Programme 2015 These comprehensive fundraising workshops and support form the Heritage alliance will be available for booking next week e  on http://www.givingtoheritage.org.uk  The one day workshops are still only £20 per head and are held at heritage venues across the country. New workshop subjects are now available, including ‘Legacy Giving’, ‘Using Digital and Social Media’ […]

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UK-India opportunities for museums

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
British Council India has launched Museums and Galleries: UK-India Opportunities and Partnerships http://www.britishcouncil.in/sites/britishcouncil.in2/files/re-imagine_museums_india-uk.pdf and announces funding for 2015. It is a comprehensive review of the museum sectors in UK and India, including case studies about partnerships between UK and Indian museums. The British Council India commissioned NMDC to produce…

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The Data Toolkit

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
Here’s an interesting site called datatoolkit.org.uk, which is an online resource for arts organisations who want to work with young people on creative data projects. The Data Toolkit is a collection of useful information and tools to help you to kick-start your own data project. This toolkit was produced by…

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Trustee week – what have you done?

Trustee week 10-16th November Something for everyone in thisexcellent article from NCVO and Trustee week blog  Britain’s charities facing skills gaps on their trustee boards, by Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited With governance becoming an increasingly important issue for UK charities, the contribution that trustees make and the skills needed to be an effective trustee […]

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Capability Brown Festival Update – Compton Verney

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
On Monday this week I ventured down to the capital for a workshop with a difference, titled New Ways of Looking at Brown. ‘Capability’ Brown was the subject of course, around which we learned from a range of speakers of some of the diverse projects that are springing up, with encouragement…

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Cultural Leaders…

An international programme for museums, arts and heritage Oxford University Museums, in partnership with colleagues from the Saïd Business School and supported by Arts Council England, are delighted to announce the launch of a new, innovative executive leadership programme for the cultural sector. more about the programme  Oxford Cultural Leaders is for dynamic and reflective directors, […]

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Membership Schemes and Corporate Giving

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Another great event by Oxford Aspire  Monday, November 24, 2014 – 10:00 The context and dynamics of funding has changed fundamentally for museums in recent years.   The current economic situation may get better, but the changes to funding structures will be lasting and arguably even more competitive.  Museums…

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the value of ‘thank you’

Originally posted on Compton Verney Volunteering:
Before 2009, my experience with volunteers was pretty minimal, so being given the task of recruiting and introducing a brand new volunteering team for Compton Verney was a bit of a surprise. However, I already managed the gallery team, so in the mind of our Deputy Director it seemed…

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Volunteers online Q&A

Sheffield – goes global Working with Volunteers Online Q&A with Museums Sheffield. [this is obviously not unique, there are many initiatives around the country and certainly  within our area, the  west midlands , but this is a lovely opportunity to start joining up and sharing.  GP] Starting on Monday 17 November, Museums Sheffield will be […]

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Fit for Purpose?

Just because you’re a museum do you know if you are fit for purpose? Surprisingly this is a difficult question for most managers and trustees to answer. here is a whole article from the Charity Commission  - its an easy read, why not ‘check your purpose’ (PS there are still a few places on the […]

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AIM Museum Bursary on offer for Arts Marketing Association Retreat

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
AIM and the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) are offering one AIM member a £450 grant towards attending the AMA Marketing Retreat Level 2 on 2-5 March 2015, and a year’s free membership of the AMA at the same time. The AMA is the leading…

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Through Visitors’ Eyes

a MidFed event An excellent  line up of speaker and topics at Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery on November 19th.  This event focusses on our audiences, thinking about who they are, who they’re not and who they could be. Fiona Mitchell-Innes, Midlands Museum Accreditation Adviser will talk about ‘Users’;  Steve Mills will present ‘AIM Visitor Verdict: Benchmarking […]

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local green funds!

Launch of Community Energy Fund The Heart of England Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new funding programme for Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry Working with Community Energy Warwickshire, we are now accepting applications from voluntary and community groups for: – Insulation and other energy efficiency improvements to community buildings. – Training […]

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MyRSC Wikimedian

No, not that one… This is Royal Society of Chemistry. Our friendly Wikipedian guru and all round social media surgeon Andy Mabbett has recently become a ‘Wikimedian in Residence’ at the RSC. His introductory blog post is a good description about how these things work and why its a good idea … Andy has helped many […]

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Behind Closed Doors: A mini toolkit to unlock an amazing stores experience

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
The Behind Closed Doors mini toolkit is here! Download it now to uncover a wealth of ideas, tips and resources to help your museum improve access to its stored collections. This year the West Midlands Museum Development Programme has supported four museums to identify imaginative and creative ways to engage…

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