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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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Volunteers’ Week 2015: 1-7 June

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland,  Volunteer Now  (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.…

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A Charlecote Adverture : 50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4

Originally posted on Charlecote Park: Uncovered:
Looking for some half-term inspiration? How about an adventure? We’ve a new 50 things trail for you to complete here at Charlecote! If you haven’t heard already, we have a list of 50 things we think you should all do before you’re 11 3/4. It is aimed at getting…

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Vivien Crummey: AMA Retreat Attendee and AIM Bursary Recipient

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Knowing how to effectively promote your museum and understanding the different marketing methods that you can use to attract new visitors, volunteers and other supporters can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself. In this fast paced world, keeping up with the…

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Lecture: ‘Collecting the Pre-Raphaelites’ by Mark Samuels June 6

Originally posted on The Pre-Raphaelite Society:
Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. In this illustrated talk, collector, bibliographer, typographer and curator Mark Samuels Lasner will tell of his near forty years of collecting British authors and artists of the period 1850 to 1900, with a focus…

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Grant deadline – Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:
The deadline for applications for the next round of the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme is Wednesday 3 June for applications over £1,500. Applications under £1,500 will be accepted at any time. For more information, see http://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/jonathan-ruffer-curatorial-grants

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Trustee Vacancy: Wisbech and Fenland Museum

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom. The collections were initiated by the town’s Literary and Museum Societies which were formed in 1781 and 1835 respectively. Since the Museum opened in 1847, the collections have continued to…

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Dan Pearson and the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden Takes Gold!

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
Thought I’d add a quick blog post to let you know that Dan Pearson, the designer for our William Morris wild flower meadow at Compton Verney this year has today been awarded a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden!  The Laurent-Perrier Garden, at RHS…

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Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol

Originally posted on Culture and Anarchy:
Yes, I thought this was an odd combination at first. Still, the appearance of the Holy Grail tapestries alone was enough to persuade me to visit the Love is Enough exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. And, in fact, I found it a more convincing juxtaposition than I’d expected.…

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George Eliot Hospital Historical Collection

Originally posted on nuneatonmemories:
The museum collection was stored safely after the hospital museum which was located on the 4th floor maternity closed. Photographs and paper ephemera was stored at County Records Office in Warwick. With the help of Nuneaton Memories and other volunteers, 20 items will be taken out of the stored collection on…

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4 posts at Building Preservation Trust

some exciting tenders and posts at the UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts.. watch out for the deadlines! Scroll through below or download the word. doc here APT Branding Review Tender  , APT Fund Tech advert  ,APT Governance Review Tender , APT Membership Officer advert

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AIM Conservation Scheme: Museum Collections Unit, University of St Andrews

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
The following is an account from the Museum Collections Unit, University of St Andrews, on how an AIM conservation grant of  £1,500 has helped to preserve Indian paintings on glass. The University of St Andrews was founded between 1410 and 1414 and has accumulated…

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Celebs go back to Victorian times at Black Country Living Museum

These famous faces are ditching the celebrity lifestyle to get mucky at the Black Country Living Museum for a new reality television show. Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, impressionist Alistair McGowan and athletics star Colin Jackson, are among the celebs going back in time for the BBC show 24 Hours in the Past. Piles of […]

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Autism in Museums – 10 steps to breaking down the barriers

Originally posted on Tincture of Museum:
Blowing on dry ice in water to make beautiful patterns – Science Museum Early Bird Session This post is 10 things I think will help if you want to run autism friendly events in your museum. I am not an expert in autism or museums, but they are both…

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AIM Visitor Verdict: Find Out More At Our Free Workshops

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
AIM Visitor Verdict  is a completely free visitor survey service for AIM member museums. The programme has been developed using best practice from the well-known visitor attractions research programme, ALVA Visitor Experience Benchmarking Survey. The service offers real-time results on an easy-to-use online dashboard…

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Much Ado about a picture.

Originally posted on A Sensored View:
I’m feeling pretty pleased at the moment. The Royal Shakespeare Company got in touch with me a month or two ago about using a winter image that I took of the house in Charlecote Park for the leaflets and advertising media in productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s…

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GEM conference -call for sessions

Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 September GEM CONFERENCE 2015 – National Waterfront Museum, Swansea MEASURING THE MAGIC:Exploring the impact, value and quality of cultural learning CALL FOR BREAKOUT, WORKSHOP, & MEMBER PRESENTATION PROPOSALS 1 INTRODUCTION We are looking for presenters to run breakout sessions and workshops at our annual international conference this year. We are also looking […]

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Michael Tippett’s The Ice Break some video excerpts from the premiere on 3 April 2015

Originally posted on George's musings…:
This was my third production by Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera company who always surprises and is built of the foundation of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a community chorus that tends to be the vibrating, galvanising factor of the whole experience. On Friday night a bleak warehouse…

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Collections Trust Consultation

a message from Nick Poole “Collections Trust is currently consulting on the re-introduction of our paid membership scheme and to ask whether you might be able to take a moment to let us have your comments and ideas. The short survey questionnaire is now live at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTmembership As the professional association for people working in […]

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Prism Fund opens

Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material, The Prism Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has just reopened for applications. The fund was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of […]

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Is disability a handicap? What does Borgen think?

Originally posted on WHAT WOULD BORGEN DO?:
Six per cent of British doctors have experienced a patient who has attempted – or committed – suicide as a result of “undergoing, or fear of undergoing” the Government’s fitness to work test. In a commons debate, MPs revealed that 1,300 people had died after being told they…

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AIM conf Early Bird tickets

AIM National Conference 2015 is fast approaching, ….so take advantage of the special AIM early bird booking rate which closes on April 17 to book your museum staff, trustees and volunteers places at the conference which takes place this year from June 18 – 20 at the ss Great Britain in central Bristol. Featuring a […]

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National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme: Six New Projects Announced

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
Biffa Award has pledged £1.5m over three years to the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) for the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme. The Scheme will create a high profile network of interpretation and education projects across the UK that will showcase the far-reaching changes in…

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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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