Working Internationally Conference

ICOM UK, the National Museum Directors’ Council and York Museums Trust will host the third Working Internationally Conference on 5th March 2015 at The Hospitium in York.

This is the first time that the Conference has been located outside London, and is an opportunity for those involved in museums’ international work to share information and good practice, discover new developments, and network.

The programme for 2015 has five themes:

  • International audiences: with a focus on inbound tourists
  • International partnerships: working with India and Europe
  • Practicalities of international work: managing the risks to objects, people, finances and reputation
  • Putting funding packages together: case studies
  • Recent developments: Arts Council England and international work

The cost of the one-day conference is £35 per person including morning tea and coffee, lunch and a post conference tour of the newly refurbished York Art Gallery. Tickets and the outline of the programme are available here:

FREE skills training for leisure and tourism businesses in Lancashire

The £3.5 billion visitor economy is a priority sector for Lancashire and the latest figures show that we are in growth, with visitor numbers increasing by 1 million in 2013 and a further 1,000 jobs being created in the sector over the last 12 months.  Leisure and tourism businesses can now benefit from FREE accredited workplace training from a new £5.8m programme launched this week by Lancashire County Council.  

The Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) programme  will be delivered by some of the county’s leading further education and training providers. Hundreds of accredited college courses and qualifications up to and including level 4 are available to employees, along with specialist sector courses provided by other niche training providers.

Training available through the scheme will include a mix of basic and higher level skills, leadership and management skills, as well as technical and industry specialist qualifications. For example, a hotel could access training covering marketing and social media, front of house, cleaning, food preparation, leadership and management.

The LSS delivery partnership currently comprises Accrington and Rossendale College, Age UK Lancashire, Blackburn College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Burnley College, Joint Learning, Lancashire Adult Learning, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Myerscough College, Nelson and Colne College, Preston’s College, West Lancashire College, and VIA Partnership.

LSS will support 3,817 employees aged 19 and over who are working in small or medium sized businesses with a workforce of up to 250 employees. It will run until July 2015 – with places allocated to businesses on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fund operates across the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area, which consists of Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen local authorities.


Complete the online form at or call Boost Business Lancashire on 0800 488 0057 to arrange a training needs analysis. You can also approach your nearest training provider.

LSS will be allocated to businesses on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t miss out – please apply today.

Naturally Curious Website

We are pleased to announce that the new Naturally Curious website is now live. This is part of a programme of activities to understand, celebrate and make good use of our collective natural history collections and displays. The website is aimed at people working in museums as well as anyone with an interest in our museums. The website has details of the various museums and links to their websites, as well as a number of resources that may hopefully prove useful. New resources will be added from time to time, and if you know of a good one, please get in touch with Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum –

The website forms part of a package of work put together by an informal partnership of NW museums, led by Manchester Museum, World Museum Liverpool and Tullie House, with funding from Museum Development North West.

Project Opportunity: Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

The Blackwell Project: An Arts and Crafts Story is a series of exciting developments to bring Blackwell to life. This project aims to revitalize Blackwell creating a richer and more immersive experience within the Grade I listed arts and crafts house and garden overlooking Windermere, enabling visitors to learn about Blackwell and the arts and crafts movement through new, engaging interpretation.

The project will see new, wide-ranging examples of arts and crafts objects put on display in the ground floor period rooms bringing the rich original interiors to life. The project also aims to make better use of the domestic-scale first floor rooms through a combination of interpretative spaces, learning space and rooms for temporary changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary crafts.

The project will include:

·         Introducing new Arts and Crafts furnishings, objects and textiles to enrich the period rooms;

·         Researching and telling the stories of the people who lived, worked and went to school at Blackwell;

·         Providing visitors with a variety of ways and interpretive tools with which to explore Blackwell and the Arts and Crafts movement;

·         Offering an exciting programme of workshops, activities, talks and events;

Closing date for proposals is Friday 30th January at 17:00

We are seeking an exhibition designer to complete this exciting project. For more information please contact Beth Hughes, Curator

Giving to Heritage fundraising training workshops 2015

From The Heritage Alliance:

Workshops run from 10.00 to 17.00 and are led by an Institute of Fundraising trainer and a heritage expert fundraiser. Workshop places can be booked on and cost just £20 per head.

Anyone who needs to fundraise for a heritage-related project is eligible to attend. It is not necessary to be either a member of The Institute of Fundraising or The Heritage Alliance.

Trusts and Foundations
25 February, Jewish Museum, Manchester
11 March, Action Stations HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

Major Donor Fundraising
5 February, SS Great Britain, Bristol
10 March, Town Hall, Blandford, Dorset

Measuring Success and Reporting Heritage Impact to attract new Funding Sources
15 January, Bar Convent, York
26 February, Wheal Martyn Museum, St Austell.
2 March, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London

Developing a Heritage Fundraising Plan
22 January, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral
28 January, Durham Cathedral
3 February, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
10 February, Derby Museum

Making the Heritage Case to Donors
29 January, Sea City Museum, Southampton
12 February, Live Theatre, Newcastle

Legacy Fundraising
5 February, Stephens House & Gardens, Finchley, London
11 March, Motor Transport Museum, Coventry

Using Digital and Social Media
15 January, The Gallery, London
19 March, Bar Convent, York

Corporate partnerships
19 January, Birmingham
11 February, Oxford Castle
27 April, Norwich Castle

Heritage Fundraising in the community
21 January, People’s History Museum, Manchester
12 February, Peterborough Cathedral
24 February, The Lightbox, Woking
9 March, Burgh House, London
30 April, Lancaster University

Marketing your Organisation and Audience Analysis
24 March, Stephens House & Gardens, Finchley, London 

Also! …..our mentoring programme will start early in 2015. Please complete an application form, available on . This is an ideal way to kick start your heritage fundraising project – with personal support from an expert. Mentee places are free of charge!

You also book a one hour free face to face or telephone consultancy and support session with a fundraising expert on one of the following days: 22 Jan, 2 Feb, 27 Feb, 12 March, 17 March.

Winners of 2014-15 MRLA Awards announced

Falmouth Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard and Manchester Art Gallery to host inaugural Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards

The Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE), and engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, are delighted to announce that the inaugural Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards (MRLA) will be hosted by Falmouth Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery.

Earlier this year applications were invited for the first round of the Awards, funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The programme was developed to enable galleries, art museums and visual arts venues to support a dedicated programme of creative writing and literacy work with schools. Funding from the Awards will allow each of the three venues to employ a creative writer to work with a local school on a creative writing or literacy project, taking inspiration from the venue’s collections, displays or building. The Awards are run in partnership by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).

The workshops will lead to the development of new resources that will use creative writing to encourage engagement with each venue, which will be widely shared within the arts and education sectors to facilitate the greater use of galleries / art museums / visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work.

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trustsaid: “We are delighted with the response we had from so many organisations that applied for the Awards. Falmouth Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard and Manchester Art Gallery demonstrated not only inventive ideas but clearly showed how they would use the opportunity to develop programmes that could be sustained beyond the period of the residency. We are really looking forward to sharing their outcomes.”

Deputy Director of NAWE, Anne Caldwell said: “Creative writing is a fantastic medium to engage young people in working in a gallery setting. The three writers leading these projects are highly experienced in their fields and will bring flair and creativity to these innovative projects.”

Director of engage Jane Sillis said: “engage is delighted to be delivering the inaugural Max Reinhardt Literacy Award with NAWE, supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. Falmouth Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard and Manchester Art Gallery have developed exciting ideas with the schools and creative writers they are partnered with. These will result in unique resources which we hope will inspire other visual arts venues to develop creative writing and literacy work.”

Manchester Art Gallery
Welcoming over half a million visitors every year Manchester Art Gallery combines works from its historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images, create visual dialogues and encourage conversation and debate. The gallery houses many of the city’s most important fine and decorative art works, with a collection that spans over six centuries up to the present day. Visitors can also enjoy a range of family-friendly facilities, a year-round events programme, tours, talks and workshops for adult learners, as well as programmes for schools and colleges and community groups.

Between January and February of 2015 the gallery will work with two groups of year 9 students from Tarporley High School. Sessions will take place both at the school and the gallery, and together with writer Mike Garry they will look at work by Adolphe Valette with students to demonstrate various approaches of how to read paintings, and explore ways of bringing creative writing to life. This will lead to the development of an engaging toolkit that will inspire teachers to use the gallery as a resource for their teaching, a space where students can unpick visual images and create strong written outcomes. The resource will be produced in an electronic format, allowing it to be widely shared and used in presentations and on school whiteboards.

Maria Balshawe, Director of Manchester Art Gallery said:“Manchester Art Gallery does not work in isolation; it understands the power of partnership working and what it brings to the sector and its audiences. Gaining this grant and hosting the Max Reinhardt Literacy Award offers us wonderful opportunity to work with the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, NAWE and engage, allowing us to develop our expertise, knowledge and skills and inspire secondary English teachers to leave their classrooms and enter the visually inspiring world of galleries.”

For more information about the winners and the project please visit the engage website

Kids in Museums Workshops

From Kids in Museums:

We are delighted to announce the Kids in Museums workshop dates for Spring 2015.

Come and join us in a workshop near you for a full day of practical hints and tips on how you can improve your offer to families and teens.

Our workshops are great for people working in: Family Learning, Education, Visitor Services, Marketing, Interpretation, Volunteer Management, Audience Development, Youth and Community, Outreach, Public Engagement and Programming, Creative Programming, Digital Engagement.

Here’s what previous attendees have said:

“Jam packed with useful information”

“I’ve realised I can put something on easily, cheaply and with little fuss”

“Great to find out about so many different examples through all your speakers.”

We have an **Early Bird Rate** so don’t miss out book now!


FAMILY FORTUNES: focus on your family welcome

How welcome are families at your museum or gallery?

Family Fortunes, 12th February, Science Museum, London

Cost: £82.50 **Early Bird Rate** Take advantage of our Early Bird Offer


LEARNING TOGETHER: working with young people across arts

Bringing the arts together to explore working with young people

Learning Together, 25th February, Barbican, London

Cost: £45 **Early Bird Rate** Take advantage of our Early Bird Offer


 Hands up if you’d like to have more teenagers visiting your museum or gallery?

Teen Workshop, 3rd March, Cardiff Story, Wales

Cost: £37.50



Families are going digital – are you?

Digital Families, 23rd March, British Museum

Cost: £45 **Early Bird Rate** Take advantage of our Early Bird Offer

We also run a Youth Panel Workshop and Babies in Museums. If you would like to be the first to know when new dates are released join our mailing list. Head to the main webpage and put your email into the ‘Keep in Touch’ box at the bottom of the page


Please feel free to circulate this invitation to any one you think would be interested in a Kids in Museums workshop.

Hope to see you there

The Workshop Team
Kids in Museums

TENDER – Exhibition structures design and build 

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Deadline – 5pm 20th January 2015

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum has recently been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new WWI project called ‘Shop floor to front line’. The main focus of this grant is for a temporary exhibition to be developed. In order to do this part of the first floor of the museum will be changed to form a dedicated temporary exhibition area both for this exhibition and for future changing exhibitions. This tender is for you to design, build and install flexible temporary exhibition structures for this space.

For tender information visit

NWFed Networking Event

Thursday 8 January 2015
Museum of Liverpool, Education Room 3
13.00- 16.00 

Join the Director of the Museums Association Sharon Heal for an update on Museums Change Lives and the current consultation on the Code of Ethics.

Sharon’s workshop will be followed by an opportunity for new professionals and students to discuss their career aspirations and network with museum and heritage professionals from across the North West, including representatives from National Museums Liverpool, the People’s History Museum, the Atkinson Art Gallery, the Lowry, Museum Development North West and many more.

For more information and to book for the event email: or 0151- 478 4257
This event is free for NWFED members. To join the NWFED visit

Job Opportunity: Dock Museum Barrow

Collections and Exhibitions Manager
(Temporary Maternity Cover – up to 12 months)
Salary Scale: SO1-2 (from £25,440 per annum)

The Dock Museum is a striking modern building on a scenic channelside site; a flagship attraction which has over 55,000 visitors per year. The museum has a strong social and industrial history collection and an exciting changing exhibitions programme.

You will be based at the Dock Museum, reporting to the Assistant Director – Community Services with responsibility for the museum’s collections, exhibitions, oversight over operational management, staff line management; and financial control.

This is a temporary appointment to provide maternity cover with a 37 hour week.

You will have experience of supervising staff, knowledge and experience of collections management, be able to monitor and maintain a safe working environment and work well on your own initiative.

Experience of managing an exhibitions programme and managing budgets is desirable.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Sabine Skae on 01229 876401.

To apply for this vacancy you need to complete an application form. Please visit

Any queries please contact the HR Department, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on 01229 876543 or

Closing date for applications: 5 January 2015.
Interviews will take place in the week beginning 12 January 2015

The Council welcomes applications from disabled persons and applicants from ethnic minorities.
The Authority operates a Smoke-Free Policy. We aim to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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