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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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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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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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