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Moving on …..

This is the end … and a beginning Dear followers, From tomorrow the official Museum Development West Midlands news blog will pass to the new website mdowm.org  Please do make sure you sign up for e-alerts, or ‘follow’ via email on THAT site. Just go to the site and click the buttons near the top […]

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Our new guide to events and celebrations in 2015

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
Give and Gain Day at the Museum of Cannock Chase. Our new guide provides a calendar of national and international events, festivals and celebrations taking place throughout 2015. From #MuseumSelfie in January to Takeover Day in November it lists a variety of initiatives that you can get involved in, either…

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Museums + Heritage Show

 29 – 30 April, Olympia West, London Update Two jam-packed days of talks, masterclasses and all the very latest products and services for professionals in the cultural sector. Even better the Show is FREE to attend so come along and make the most of this sector’s most extensive free training opportunity. Take a look at […]

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To win a top artist & £3000, enter Connect! by Friday

Your last chance to apply to be part of Connect! 2015: which of our six exciting contemporary artists would you like to lead a Museums at Night October event at your museum or gallery? * Luke Jerram wants to make a daring heist happen * Alinah Azadeh proposes an evening of gifting and exchanges * […]

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Cake … gone Digital

Digital Humanities Hub event are back  March CAKE Morning -Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CAKE: Ways of Seeing In 1972 the BBC broadcast John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. In the accompanying book John Berger wrote “In no other form of society in history has there been such a concentration of images, such […]

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Derby Day – a collection care workshop

Jane Thompson- Webb and AIM – a most practical marriage Our own hero of accessible Collections Care training is now also delivering a session for AIm members in Derby Museum & Art Gallery (DERBY) – Monday 13th April The Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS Why not take advantage of a skills update […]

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Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award launch

What’s your favourite family friendly museum? Hoorah for Kids in Museums  -making a noise in, and about, museums  The 2015 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is launched – giving you the chance to say which museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home in Britain gives the warmest welcome to families. It can be […]

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curator of the future – bookings now open

The British Museum’s National Programmes team, with the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation, are hosting a free one day conference on Monday 13 April 2015 at the British Museum to explore the Curator of the Future. The Conference is open to anyone working in or with UK Museums at any career level and welcomes […]

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AIM Conservation Grants: How Can They Help?

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme and AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme have been created to help small museums with the conservation of important objects in their collections and to enable them to develop a more sustainable approach to the…

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BBC Gardeners’ Question Time

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
An opportunity presented itself at the end of 2014 to join in with a local effort that would ultimately see the BBC Radio Four Gardeners Question Time team descend for a recording in South Warwickshire. But for the sale of some tickets, relatively little input was required from myself but to join…

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Museums at Night and Voluntary Arts

The Museums at Night festival coincides with Voluntary Arts Week, when community choirs, drawing clubs, writers’ groups, knitting circles and amateur dramatic companies all aim to reach new audiences with their crafts. Why notconnect with voluntary arts groups in your area, and bring their talents to your event? We’ve created 3 information packs full of […]

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The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell 2015!

Following on from last year’s success of Market Hall Museum winning the Museums at Night Connect 10 programme, on the 15th May 2015 Heritage and Culture will  will yet again transform Warwick town centre into “The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell”. It will be a very public exhibition with more than 50 exhibition spaces which will […]

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being clear about asbestos

Please take note if this affects you Distributed via Arts Council  A class exemption for museums has been negotiated from certain parts of the Registration Evaluation Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, which prohibits the placing on the market articles to which asbestos fibres have been intentionally added. This legislation had unintended implications for […]

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Museums&Heritage Show looms

‘really useful’ trade show and seminars If you can make the trip to London the M&H show (29+30 April) is a great trade exhibition whether you’re preparing that ‘big plan’ or not, and there are some excellent free talks and seminars – a bit like a live ‘speed dating’ the information in this blog. And […]

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(have you used)’Tools of the Trade’?

Social History Curators Group (from Nicky Mcintosh who is evaluating these resources) ..with funding from Arts Council England SHCG have produced a series of films to help you identify tools in your collection. The experts in these films pick out some of the most commonly found tools, explain what they are and give a practical […]

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Big Draw + get creative

Campaign for Drawing, BBC et al The BBC and the UK’s Cultural Organisations, including The Campaign for Drawing, launch biggest ever joint campaign A Challenge to the Nation to Get Creative.  This coincides with other activities some museums are getting inolved with … it’s not too late to join in   From the Big Draw website […]

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spring migration…this site is moving

New regional website takes over Some of you (hello!) follow this blog by direct email sign up, others receive information via our weekly news summary and even more of you click through to the articles and news from our Tweets  *waves to twitter followers*. We’re really happy and chuffed to know we must be providing […]

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#museumweek is here again

 23 to 29 March 2015 Museums from all over the world will have a chance to celebrate culture on Twitter. #MuseumWeek is open to everyone: museums, galleries, National Trust, theatres, and more, so make sure you get involved!  To view further information and sign up, visit the #MuseumWeek website here. museumweek2015.org this is fun … […]

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Heritage Funding Helpline

Giving to Heritage project pilot The excellent series of seminars and advice is now being supplemented by another really good idea …a helpline. Seems a great idea, do help them hone the service by using them and giving some feedback. Here is a summary … but go tdirectly to their website to participate: http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/events-and-training/heritage/heritage-funding-helpline/ and […]

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Future Curators: call for papers

British Museum conference The British Museum works in collaboration with an extensive range of UK organisations to develop exhibitions, loans and skills sharing programmes to enable collections to be shared with the broadest possible audience and to create sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships. Through these partnerships, and delivery of the HLF skills for the Future […]

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Leaders programme applications open

Museums & Resilient Leadership Programme 2015 – 2016 further to our previous post about this excellent course … see below.. Applications for the ACE funded MRL Programme are now open, as you may know.Participants in MRL 2013 – 2014 have described it as life changing and for 3 of the 14 it literally was, with […]

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Share with Warks & Stoke

16th March in Warwick Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and The Potteries Museum and Art Galleries, Stoke Joint Best Practice Sharing Event, Monday 16th March,10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.,Market Hall Museum, Warwick . Following successful bids to Arts Council England’s (ACE) Strategic Fund in April 2014, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) and the Potteries Museums have developed a peer challenge and support partnership, acting as ‘critical […]

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24hour Culture: the results

How was it for you? You may remember this in October 24 hour culture. A survey to show just how important ‘culture’ is in our everyday lives. Despite my waving hard from the rooftops, not as many museums  as I’d have wished promoted the event , however 30% of the 2303 respondent came form Coventry […]

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Leading professionals join the Collections Trust Board

More on board … The Collections Trust, the professional association for people working in collections management, has announced the appointment of six new Trustees to its existing Board following an open recruitment campaign. The new Trustees, who will join the Board at its meeting in March 2015, are: (press release from Collections Trust ) Jane Henderson, […]

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Nuneaton Memories Scanning Session

Originally posted on nuneatonmemories:
Last Saturday in February at a town centre location – we are looking for any Nuneaton photo, postcard, negatives or slides – we hope to see you ! February 2015 Scanning Session

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What is the Arts Award Access Fund?

Originally posted on The Marches Network:
The Arts Award Access Fund provides small grants to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Who can apply? Applications are welcomed from all registered Arts Award centres based in England, but priority will be given to centres that:…

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