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Digital Commission

Leicestershire Museums is commissioning  a series of development projects for its museums. Please pass on to anyone you think might be interested .. and maybe what they want to do could inspire you to do similar …? contact details are in the briefs which are linked below Commission 1: Click; Connect; Curate; Create – Project […]

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Cross Curricular teaching resources

That’s the way to do it …. Try out these resources specially made by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust .. if they don’t suit your site, why not adapt them .. here is the shakespeare week site  

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Entrepreneurial Museum series

Ironbridge – town and museum – has a long tradition of entrepreneurialism. Their latest seminar series, supported by MDOs, has just launched …get your diaries out. Film Friendly Museums – 27th Feb (Birmingham) Running a profitable Retail Department – 11thMarch (Ironbridge) The Tourism Economy and Museums – 18th March (Ironbridge) Using Live Interpretation (online training) […]

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Volunteering: Who benefits? –Open Workshop

Happy Museums plus volunteering .. what could be a better combination? This open workshop, organised by the Happy Museum peeps, is a good chance to reflect on and share more than just the bureaucacy of running a museum with volunteers. How can museum work better with their volunteers in order to be resilient organisations who: generate […]

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Give and Gain 2014

In May 2013, over 1000 volunteers from 32 companies in the West Midlands volunteered on a range of community and environmental projects. in 2013 4 museums provided activity and benefited from the hard work of some of these employees… why not join in for 2014? It costs museums nothing, you get a whole bunch (usually about […]

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In it to Win it?

Enter the Museums + Heritage Awards 2014 We’re delighted to announce that the Museums + Heritage Awards 2014 are now open for entry! View the entry information and form here.  We’re told that these are the awards that museums really want to win. They generate very public recognition for the winners and shortlistees and have been […]

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So, whats it worth? … to you

Pricing events so you don’t lose money, or lose the audience you want to attract is never easy. Heritage and Culture Warwickshire is using the ‘pay what you can’ donation method to reach for the widest audience for their ‘arty tots with grandparents’ sessions. Rather than fixing a price for the two hour messy play […]

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Culture! What next?

Remember the shock figures about disparities of spending on the arts  between London and the rest of the country? What Next Midlands have invited the authors of the report  that made the fuss to an event in Birmingham. Come along to a discussion session about ‘Rebalancing our Culture Capital.’  The meeting with Peter Stark and […]

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makey makey! Gallerycamp13

MuseumCamp, Museomix and now #gallerycamp -Lets make stuff! Fed up with endless , fruitless meetings? Despite the popular stereotype, musuem peeps are creative types…unconferences, making events and knowledge cafes are all new ways of using our knowledge and enthusiasm to ‘just get things done‘… We approve, wholeheartedly! why not get to #Gallerycamp13- lets make stuff on Tuesday, […]

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‘Pomes’ in your museum?

Inspired by My Museum is an international writing competition in partnership between Sampad and the British Council, supported by Museums Association An encounter with a museum can be a life-changing experience, a realisation of the past or an inspiration for the future. If you have a poem, short story or reportage inspired by a museum […]

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museums make you happy

Both the Happy Museums project and the new international alliance Social Justice in museums are emphasising the positive effects museums have – or should have- on our wellbeing. In 2013 the Happy Museum project proved that museums make people happy, with evidence analysed by ‘happiness economist’ Daniel Fujiwara of the London School of Economics http://www.happymuseumproject.org/blogs/happy-museums-are-good-for-you-report-publication.  It  showed […]

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Don’t forget the kids…

are taking over on 22nd Novemebr Kids in Museums – Takeover Day – For more information about how you can get involved this year follow the link - www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeover

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The Imaginarium – Expressions of interest sought

In February 2014 the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) and Selfridges will launch The Imaginarium at The Festival of Imagination in Selfridges, Birmingham. The Imaginarium will be a free magical and playful space celebrating curiosity and accomplishment. Drawing on regional talent, they are looking to showcase imagination across science, art, culture, technology, design and commercial enterprise. They are currently looking […]

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Launch of new museum: Coventry Music

Now, that’s something you can’t say often! Those great people at the Two Tone village have now morphed into the Coventry Music Museum. ..and look the newsreader is even wearing two tone colours! Could this be the liveliest museum in the region? Find them here http://www.2tonecentral.co.uk/cov-music-museum (sheesh ..missed 2 chances to party at their opening night […]

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Heritage Volunteering Online Portal launched

We’ve created an online portal to help the recruitment and management of volunteers across a group of museums in South Warwickshire – try it out! http://www.heritagevolunteeringportal.org/ We’re all dependent on volunteers and the South Warwickshire Heritage Volunteer Partnership found they were actually sharing volunteers across a number of sites. Within the small area of South […]

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Making the case to LEPS

Nearly 10% of employment is in the English tourist industry, tourists spent £84 billion in 2012 … Is your Local Enterprise Partnership listening to how important you are? Here’s a great document (and further resources) from Visit England – Use the force! http://www.visitengland.org/Images/20130621%20LEP%20Visitor%20Economy%20Growth%20paper%20_tcm30-38993.pdf and here’s something we did earlier

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Take your offer to the Culture Market

Are you a Culture or Heritage organisation who would like to network with others, and communicate your offer to schools and education settings? Warwickshire Arts and Cultural Education Partnership (WACEP) are planning 2 “market place” events where you will get first hand opportunity to network with colleagues, teachers and educational professionals and pitch your ideas/offer […]

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Astley Castle wins RIBA Stirling prize

Astley Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house in North Warwickshire, turned self-catering accommodation, has been named as the Stirling Prize winner for 2013.  (wow! ed.) We have been following the development of this site over the last few years and are really pleased that the quality and innovation  of this project has been fully recognised. […]

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Managing Risk…. of gloom! The BBC, MA and statistics

The BBC have just published an article online (http://bbc.in/15J3vLM ) with the headline Museums ‘ditching staff for volunteers’. The article is based on Museums Association press release statistics drawn from their annual ‘cuts survey’. The article goes on to say, nearly a third of museums cut their staff last year and that half had increased […]

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philanthropy in Oxford

No, not a new detective series but another event in our fellow museum developers seminar series . Our  Making the Most of  and the Oxford Aspire series complement each other and hopefully your diary is full for one you can catch the other Legacy Giving Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 10:00 … got to the osxofrd […]

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Un guide de mise en route sur Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons could be said to be the best thing since sliced bread for museums looking for illustrative materials.. But it’s not always an intuitive journey. A new guide to figuring out licences and sharing has been published. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/08/29/wikimedia-commons-brochure/ With more than 18 million freely licensed media files, Wikimedia Commons is the repository for files […]

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How many light bulbs does it take to…

…SAVE £1000? We know it seems a ‘good thing’ to change to LEDs and low wattage lighting… but how much is enough? We have created two easy-to-use savings calculators – 1/ changing the numbers of bulbs and 2/ whether or not motion sensors will actually save you money . We hope these will help you make sensible […]

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Yew voting for Packwood House ?

One of the  wonderful National Trust houses in our area has been shortlisted  for its garden in the BBCCountryfile Magazine Awards. Why not give Packwood a boost, and yourself a chance to win a holiday … yes it’s that kind of comp. Those topiaried yews are amazing … While you’re at it, you could vote […]

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Museums at Night Briefing- in Brum

Team Museums at Night are heading out on tour, bringing three FREE morning briefing sessions to London, Birmingham and Bradford. These free, friendly briefings are for anyone working in a museum, gallery, historic house or other cultural institution. Whether or not you’ve run a Museums at Night event before, if you’re interested in taking part in the […]

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Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund

The Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund is open to applications from Friday 28th June. (via AECB – the sustainable building association and Centre for Sustainable energy) The fund aims to support community renewable energy projects in rural areas. Funds of up to £150,000 are available through two funding stages: an initial feasibility grant; and a loan […]

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