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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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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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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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(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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#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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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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We want your propaganda

Peoples History Museum contemporary collecting Here’s a way to contain and manage any anger and frustration over the coming months … collect the election material you receive and lodge it with Manchester based  People History Museum. here are the details from https://phmmcr.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/we-want-your-propaganda/ Posted on February 4, 2015 by Catherine O’Donnell Curator Chris Burgess explains how you […]

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AIM responds to the Museums Association Code of Ethics consultation

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
The Museums Association have been consulting with the museum sector about the Code of Ethics. AIM is grateful to the Museums Association for leading the review of this important document and has submitted a response to the consultation. The key points are summarised below and there…

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Media heritage traineeships

Exciting traineeship From Creative Skillset Please help us find new archive talent – and keep our media heritage alive! Just launched our very first Media Archive Traineeship, please spread the word to potential applicants, using any of the below in your newsletters or social media. Dreaming of a career working with film, TV or digital media? Creative Skillset with Film […]

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Peach of a job …

HLF project at ComptonVerney needs Activity Planner Be part of the transformation at Compton Verney nb looming closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 20 February . Interviews will be held W/B 23 February 2015. see details here http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/_userfiles/pages/file/Vacancies/Activity%20Plan%20Manager%20HLF%20Jan%202015.pdf

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events …not to be missed

Research, costume, customers We have a few training sessions up on our Eventbrite site for the Animating Worcestershire’s Museums project which we are now opening up to everyone in the region.. See the links in the right hand column and below The sessions are as follows: How to Wear and Care for Costume (25th March) […]

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Copyright workshop: free

A really good bargain! Please see below for details on a free training session on Copyright from Naomi Korn. This event is FREE.please note its pretty difficult to get on one of Naomi’s sessions for less than £250 . Please contact the Almonry directly to book your place. Naomi Korn, Britain’s leading copyright and rights […]

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Light up Leamington

Shine a light guerilla event Get involved in an exciting lighting project in Leamington’s Old Town that will change the way you see the area. Thursday, 19th February 2015 5.30pm – 9.00pm (warm refreshments will be provided)  Arch 3, Creative Railway Arches, Court Street,  Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 2DH Warwickshire CAVA and Mary Portas Leamington Old Town […]

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1915 near you …

Don’t forget to update your event on 1914.org Are you’re events commemorating and exploring the First World War listed on the 1914.org site?  Have you explored the site for all the other amazing free resources ?

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Women’s History Network -prize

Community History Prize  – sponsored by the History Press (from maggie andrews, Professor of Cultural History, University of Worcester) Have you carried out a local or community history project with, about or for women?  Did your project participants produce a documentary, pamphlet, book, exhibition, artefact or event to share your findings?  Was or will the project be completed […]

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Compton Verney Art Gallery secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

It was announced today that the award-winning national art museum Compton Verney has received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Compton Verney Landscape Restoration Project. The project aims to preserve, restore and celebrate an outstanding ‘Capability’ Brown park, which includes a rare, Brown-designed and Grade I-listed Chapel. The project seeks to […]

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NEW AIM Success Guide: Successful Basic Conservation

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AIM National Conference 2015

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:
AIM National Conference  18 – 20 June 2015 ‘The Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ This year, the AIM National Conference will be held at the award-winning Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol, with an exciting new conference format that develops the new AIM Hallmarks through…

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November – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds:
Welcome to this ‘November’ article, the eleventh in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight…

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