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More cultural exchange..

Some great things happening here At the university based Warwick Creative Exchange have you fully explored the possibilities? see the two new funded partnerships here Partnerships WCE provides support and information to cultural organisations in order to identify and address their research needs and interests. Warwick Creative Exchange is a network of University of Warwick academics, and […]

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A Big Day Out ! This sunday

Big Day Out is back this Sunday and there are now almost 40 planned events around Warwickshire. Following the success of Public Health Warwickshire’s first Big Day Out in September last year, a second will be held on Sunday, April 6, encouraging Warwickshire’s residents to get out and about and enjoy the open spaces around […]

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How was it for you ? #museumweek

It’s not quite over yet … but.. Were you one of the over 300 museum who took part in the twitter communication fest. See the live Guardian blog for some amazing interactions – still think Twitter is not for your museum? http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2014/mar/24/museum-week-uk-2014-live-blog#block-5332b179e4b07edc52cb96d3 here is our previous post on #museumweek  

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Because you’re worth it!

The updated Economic Impact Toolkit: West Mids DIY version is here [UPDATE SEPT 2014 – see the results of our group survey in infogram form on  http://marchesnetwork.org.uk/] We did the first regionwide survey in 2012, with just 18 museums: those museums contributed over £59 million to the tourism economy. Over Christmas this year we did a quick […]

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Thrifty #museumweek

Splash out.. in a low cost way! Two for one offer- this week is Warwickshire’s marvellous Thrift Week AND it’s twitter’s international #museum week. So, communicating and engaging your audience is almost cost free by Twitter and blogs so go for it. Todays subject is #museummastermind and I notice that somebody will be sharing an […]

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What Katie did – or will do

My Canadian ‘museum secret santa buddy’ is offering some ‘wandering museums consultant support ‘ this summer.. Anyone want some willing and experienced help for a week or two this summer? … see below I am coming to the UK this summer as part of my (slightly crazy) Wandering Museum Consultant project (www.wanderingmuseumconsultant.com).I  am spending time […]

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AlI I want for Christmas is..

..a special museum experience Activity Superstore cultural gift experiences Culture24 is collaborating with the UK’s leading gift experience company, Activity Superstore, to create an innovative and unique range of science, arts and history-themed experience gifts for Christmas 2014. This is a fantastic opportunity for museums, galleries, historic houses, science centres and any other venues within the Culture24 […]

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Warwickshire Show … and Tell

Warwickshire Museum and Alex Hartley You may have already heard the exciting news that Warwick’s Market Hall Museum were one of winners of the national Museums at Night competition & are being supported by internationally recognised artist Alex Hartley in staging an event as part of the Museums at Night weekend – for more information […]

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£1million strategic investment awarded

Over seventy museums from across England have been successful in receiving funding across the country, as well as several important national initiatives led by organisations like the Museums Associationand the International Council of Museums UK. Seven museum in the West Midlands have gained funding for programmes to be carried out in the next twelve months, bringing a […]

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A spring half dozen..

…events for your diary. A reminder of some that are coming up in March + Blue type indicates Marches Network events. Don’t forget the Entrepreneurial Museum events here  and the Engaging Reluctant Learners on 28th March here  and always check the Marches Network event site here. Museums Association also has a useful compendium here    1. […]

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Museum Retail ..

..a series of fortunate events.. The museum shop can range from one small shelf of postcards, to glittering retail palaces. In every case they have a dual purpose: to raise money for your museum and to enhance and extend the experience your visitor has had. ‘Take a little of your experience home with you, remember […]

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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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