Gift Aid: claiming.. are you?

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Originally posted on Museum Network Warwickshire:

 AIM survey shows still low museum take up

(from AIM e-news. for more Gift Aid info search this site under ‘Gift Aid’)

“As many as 44% of museums who could claim Gift Aid on admissions are not doing so, AIM’s 2014 Autumn Online Survey has revealed.  This rises to two-thirds of eligible museums with under 10,000 visitors per year.  Reasons given included: “Not enough visitors to justify cost of equipment”; “Scheme too complicated for occasional volunteers to administer reliably, using personal details”, and “HMRC need to make the collection and claiming of Gift Aid simpler for independent museums”. Of the 56% of eligible museums that are claiming Gift Aid on admissions, 42% are using the ‘additional 10%’ scheme and 58% are using the ‘annual pass’ scheme.  37% of the respondents did not qualify at all, as they don’t charge for admission.  Find out more results from AIM’s survey in…

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Visitor Verdict – Top Tips for Collecting Email Addresses

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:

With over 200 museums now taking part in AIM Visitor Verdict – a free visitor research and benchmarking programme – we thought now would be a good time to share some top tips for making collecting visitors’ email addresses as easy as possible.

1.    The best time

You don’t have to bring up the survey at the beginning of a visit, when you probably have a lot of other things to say. Visitors tend to be more relaxed later on in their visit so this could be a good time to ask.

2.    The best place

Pick a point where the majority of your visitors will pass.

3.     Keep it varied

Approach visitors on different days of the week and at different times throughout the day. Include school holidays and term-time and both normal opening and event days.

4.     Only one e-mail per visitor party

You only need to collect…

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Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence

The Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which battle it out to win one of 11 prestigious awards. Will you be among them?
The categories for 2015 cover all major aspects of the museums, galleries and heritage attractions sector and are open to operators and suppliers unless otherwise stated.
To find out who is eligible to enter the 2015 Awards for Excellence please visit this page.
  • Open the Entry Information – note the yellow ‘Getting it Right!’ boxes thoroughout.
  • Compile your entry and 2 page written entry paper (paying particular attention to the category specific information)
  • Print and complete the Entry Form
  • Package your entry and supporting material in a box file or envelope and make sure it reaches us by Friday 30 January.
  • Keep fingers crossed!
The awards will be presented at a prestigious dinner on Wednesday 29 April 2015, in the Historic Staterooms of 8 Northumberland in the heart of London. Places are limited and bookings will be open in September.

Job Opportunity: West Midlands Museum Partnership

Project Manager

Fixed term until March 2018  

Salary £35,000 per annum

The West Midlands Museum Partnership (WMMP) consisting of Black Country Living Museum and Culture Coventry is one of Arts Council England’s 21 Major Partner Museums. Through this investment across the next three years, the Partnership will deliver an exciting programme of activity celebrating excellence and building an ambitious and inspirational model of resilience for museums.

We are looking to recruit a Project Manager to manage and coordinate the West Midlands Museum Partnership programme, ensuring good communication across the Partnership and acting as a key advocate for the programme. The successful candidate will have excellent project management, communication and presentation skills and an appreciation and understanding of the aims and work of museums and/or other cultural providers. 

You will be employed by Black Country Living Museum as lead partner.

This role is supported through public funding by Arts Council England. 

Closing date: Friday 5 December

Interviews will take place on w/c 15 December. 

Advocacy Tools for Natural History Collections

The link below contains notes which are aimed at providing support for people working in museums with natural history collections. These ones are on strategic planning for museums: identifying strengths and weaknesses, and looking at how to achieve success in your current situation. Please feel free  to share them around. They can be found at:

Freelance Opportunity: Macclesfield Silk Museum

Macclesfield Museums, managed by the Silk Heritage Trust, has been awarded Transition Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It therefore has opportunities to tender for 3 pieces of work.

Invitation to Tender

Options Appraisal: Governance, Organisational Development and Strategic Purpose

Fee: £10,000

The Trust is looking to appoint consultants who will review the current governance structure and support the delivery of organisational change, identify new ways of working and key partners to add value to the work of the Board and support the development of strategic plans. Further details are available here.

Options Appraisal: Income Generation and External Funding Opportunities and Development

Fee: £15,000

The Trust is looking to appoint consultants who will work with the museum team to investigate potential income generation activities, draw up an action plan for implementation and support the implementation of the plan. Further details are available here.

Options Appraisal: Partnership Opportunities

Fee: £10,000

The Trust is looking to appoint consultants to review current partnerships and how these can be sustained and developed, identify potential new partners, produce a partnership strategy and action plan. Further details are available here.

The closing date is 8 December 2014.

Further details can be found at

Job Opportunity: Whitworth Art Gallery

As Whitworth Art Gallery continue to expand their team in the lead up to reopening, the application process for Casual Visitor Team Assistant posts is now live.

They’re looking for the creative and ambitious who care about art and people – so if you know anyone who fits the bill or have networks that would be interested please pass them on the Job Advert (attached) and this link to the rest of the application documentation -

Deadline for applications is next Thursday 20th Nov at 5pm and interviews will take place on December 11th. Start date is expected to be around January 5th 2015. 

Any enquiries please email Jo Channing at

The Data Toolkit

Here’s an interesting site called, which is an online resource for arts organisations who want to work with young people on creative data projects. The Data Toolkit is a collection of useful information and tools to help you to kick-start your own data project. This toolkit was produced by 7 Junior Digital Producers, freelance artists, coders and facilitators supported by the University of the West of England and IBM.

“Spreading the World” Symposium

A symposium to explore ‘Making better use of Ethnographic Collections in the South East Region.’

10.30am – 4.30pm Weds 3rd December 2014, at the Old Courthouse Lecture Theatre, Brighton Museum. Free event, lunch included.

This symposium forms part of the ‘Uncovering Ethnography in Kent and Sussex’ (Uniques) Project, and a Museum Ethnography Group (MEG) Events Programme for 2014. Uniques is a regional collections review and community engagement project with 5 partner museums in Kent and Sussex, led by Bexhill Museum and funded by ACE.

The aim of the symposium is to provide non-specialist staff and volunteers who care for ethnographic collections, with an overview of the main requirements for curating and interpreting these special collections. MEG members and academics and students will also be invited to attend this event, to share skills and find out more about the collections in this region.

The symposium is designed to provide an introduction to all aspects of managing these collections, including cataloguing and documentation, preventative conservation, interpretation and engaging audiences. The speakers will share their skills and experience and offer practical guidance and use case studies to demonstrate best practice in the sector.

To book a place contact Project Manager, Rachel Heminway Hurst or find out more about the project on the blog


Symposium Speakers

Ms. Julia Cort

Community Learning Manager, the Horniman Museum

Dr. Inbal Livne

Collections Manager at the Powell Cotton Museum

Ms. Helen Mears

Keeper of World Art, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Mr. Len Pole

Museum Consultant, Ethnography Collections (Uniques Project Ethnography Specialist)

Dr. Veronica Sekules

Deputy Director and Head of Education and Research Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Ms. Kirstie Williams

Organic Conservator, University of Cambridge Museums

Job Opportunity: National Trust North Lakes Outdoors

National Trust are looking for someone to join their team of seasonal staff in 2015 to help share their stories, create imaginative and inspiring digital content and help promote their activities and programming to give their visitors an unforgettable experience.

Marketing Assistant – 15hrs a week, 11 month contract with potential to become permanent, £17,266 pro rata, based at the National Trust office in Keswick – for more information see


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