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Thrifty #museumweek

Splash out.. in a low cost way! Two for one offer- this week is Warwickshire’s marvellous Thrift Week AND it’s twitter’s international #museum week. So, communicating and engaging your audience is almost cost free by Twitter and blogs so go for it. Todays subject is #museummastermind and I notice that somebody will be sharing an […]

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Collection Care webinars – 27th March

Collections Trust has developed a series of webinars aimed at small and medium-sized museums . The last in the series of webinars coming up. Completely free, see you there.. online… Collections Trust would like to invite you to join us for a free webinar on ‘Buying Collections Management Software’ led by Nico Tyack, Documentation Officer […]

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Making Boxes for Museum Objects –

a really useful document from our colleagues in the South East Do you have that one awkward object which will just not fit into a standard box? Then follow this step by step guide to making a bespoke box for objects of all shapes and sizes. With big thanks to the staff and volunteers at Arundel Museum for supplying […]

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What Katie did – or will do

My Canadian ‘museum secret santa buddy’ is offering some ‘wandering museums consultant support ‘ this summer.. Anyone want some willing and experienced help for a week or two this summer? … see below I am coming to the UK this summer as part of my (slightly crazy) Wandering Museum Consultant project (www.wanderingmuseumconsultant.com).I  am spending time […]

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cosy connections…media

There are many community museums which grew out of local history columns in the local newspaper. But few come more closely allied than the relationship between Coventry Music Museum and a regular music column in the CoventryTelegraph. Pete’s regular BackBeat column emerges from his experience an knowledge of the local music scene – just as […]

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Flying the Flag

from the southwest http://www.swfed.org.uk/news/museum-development-news/1367-flying-the-flag The South West Museum Development Programme’s Flying the Flag project led by Conservation Development Officer Helena Jaeschke is now well underway. Funded with the generous support of the Pilgrim Trust the project is working with 28 museums across Devon and Cornwall to improve the collection care, display, storage and condition of […]

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Nominations Open for Collections Trust Awards 2014

CT Awards 2014 celebrate excellence in Collections Management. Full details of the awards and how to submit an entry are available on the Collections Link website atwww.collectionslink.org.uk/ct-awards. Three new awards have been added this year to celebrate the Collections Manager and Young Collections Professional of the Year, and to recognise exceptional expertise in Enterprise in a […]

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£1million strategic investment awarded

Over seventy museums from across England have been successful in receiving funding across the country, as well as several important national initiatives led by organisations like the Museums Associationand the International Council of Museums UK. Seven museum in the West Midlands have gained funding for programmes to be carried out in the next twelve months, bringing a […]

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IWM- IWD: International Womens Day

First World War Centenary events this march – Highlighting women’s experiences  for this International Womens Day on March 9th. Are you signed up for the regular newsletters form IWM and 1914.org? This month we mark International Women’s Day with a range of events, activities and unique stories commemorating the role of women in the First […]

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Watch Museum fundraising evening

         The city’s Coventry Watch Museum is looking forward to welcoming TV antiques expert Charles Hanson to their fundraising event at the Ricoh Arena.   press release    The valuer auctioneer from the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It! will be at the Legends Lounge on Thursday, April 10 […]

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Collections cleaning…are you keeping up?

Cleaning Essentials – week 5 is already upon us follow ‘Tincture of Museums’, a volunteer who signed up for the Museum of London – Collection Cleaning Course .. This blog by tincture of museums is worth following for those who want  to see – and learn – about some of the basic good practice collections skills. […]

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Collecting Cultures (funding)

New round of this HLF fund opens. Closing date 2 May After the previous success in 2008, the Collections Cultures initiative has reopened and for this round. Accredited museums,archives and libraries are all eligible to apply.    Collecting Cultures aims to support archives, accredited museums and libraries to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects. Projects must include […]

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Looking out for drips?

Accredited museums will have a well-honed (!?) emergency/disaster plan and are no doubt being extra vigilant in these watery days. We know some museums are already taking precautions – especially those who have a history of flooding. But it’s worth having another look at your diaster plan and making resources and telephone numbers are all […]

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Warwickshire’s Museum at Night win request…

Flushed with their success winning the artist Alex Hartley for their Museums at Night project, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire are now looking at which local groups might be part of their ‘market stall’ project. See the press release below .. if you are a Warwickshire Museum or heritage group and want to be involved contact […]

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Week 2 Museum of London – Collection Cleaning Course

Originally posted on Tincture of Museum:
Distinguishing historical fluff from everyday fluff How can you not enjoy a day that positively brims with conversations that begin with – “Shall we make a decision on which bits of fluff we are going to keep?” and “You collect the insect poo from that side with the tweezers…

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Wolfson/DCMS funding for 4 museums

Warwickshire’s Compton Verney and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are among 4 West Mids museums gaining funding from the DCMS/Wolfson fund Compton Verney’s award goes towards  the redisplay of their Chinese collection, which has been designated as a collection of national importance and is one of the largest collections of Chinese bronzes in Europe. the award to […]

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showing mixed collections – report

The Natural Sciences Collections Association Subject Specialist Network have published a study into the audiences of mixed discipline museums. This is a really interesting and useful report- although it covers only 10 relatively large musuem the overall thoughts and conclusions have much to tell everyone. The evaluation report offers an unbiased overview of visitors’ impressions […]

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Warwick wins Connect10 artist vote

Congratulations to Warwickshire museum for bagging Alex Hartley in the Culture 24 Museums at Night competition. 10 artists put themselves up for grabs to work with museums in May (15th -17th, 2014) as part of national Museums at Night celebrations, museums put in a bid to work with them and then the public voted… and did […]

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New Spectrum standards – consultation opens

Collections Trust has announced a consultation on a proposed new standard to help museums worldwide capture, manage and share rich information about their collections. The proposed new standard builds on the success of SPECTRUM, the global standard for best practice in Collections Management, as well as work led by the British Museum as part of the ResearchSpace project. […]

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A garden year … rather superior garden

Compton Verney’s talented head gardener is a keen blogger too … not only is this review a great round up of the year interesting from a gardening point of view, its also a great way of drawing people into following the blog for the following year. Explore this great garden (in the year of Capability […]

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HLF Collecting Cultures Meeting

11am – 2pm, 6th Feb 2014,The Participation Space, Derby QUAD This FREE meeting is open to all. It will introduce the Collecting Cultures initiative and provide further information on applying. The meeting will be followed by lunch, giving an informal chance to discuss your ideas with colleagues. Refreshments will be served at 10.30 for an 11am start. […]

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Google Open Gallery

Google have invented a new FREE tool for museums, galleries and artists to upload images, videos and audio to create online exhibitions and tell your stories Google Open Gallery.was launched at the end of 2013 and has already attracted lots of museum and galleries from across europe and the world. There have not been enough in this country for […]

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Connect 10 artists choose 2 West Mids museums

Market Hall Museum, Warwick and the Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster have both made the artist’s shortlist for a residency as part of the the Museums at Night events in May. Now  they are dependent on your votes! The Museums at Night programme, Connect 10 matches artists with 10 museums to develop something special for May […]

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On the Road…travelling exhibs and loans

Borrowing and sharing ‘stuff’ between museums comes natural to us .. Why not take advantage of the offer of this travelling exhibition from Hertfordshire .. it comes with learning resources too .Please contact them directly For those of you who have been to the Herbert Recently you will have seen two great exhibitions Keeping up […]

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Out DAM spot ….then, ’tis time to do’t.

Dam -( Digital Asset Management) …’take forth paper, fold it, write upon’t, read it, afterwards seal it’  …ahh yes Spectrum procedures Discussed in perhaps lighter vein than Lady Macbeth’s nightmarish visions at CollectionsTrust conference on Digital Asset Management … here is the press release Delegates have given a 100% Very Good to Excellent rating to the […]

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