Developing a Digital Fundraising Strategy for your Organisation event

From Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy:

From crowdfunding to text giving, there are an ever-increasing number of digital fundraising tools available to generate income in new ways. But how do you work out what’s right for your organisation, and how to approach these new technologies?

This one-day course led by Sarah Gee from Indigo Ltd provides pragmatic advice on how best to tackle digital fundraising, and how to integrate it into your overall strategy. Learn about the options that exist, which might work best for you, when to use it for maximum impact, and how to build on-going relationships with existing and new donors.

Packed with practical examples and case studies from the arts and cultural sectors, you will go away from the course with a clear plan for your organisation, and ideas on how best to work with colleagues to ensure the best possible return.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the range of digital fundraising options available and how to choose the right ones for your organisation
  • Integrate appropriate digital fundraising methods into your overall fundraising strategy
  • Use digital resources to proactively build relationships with, and generate income from, existing and new donors

About the trainer

Sarah Gee is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Indigo Ltd – the UK’s leading income generation consultancy for the arts and cultural sectors, with additional experience of working for private and public sector organisations.

Who the course is for

This one-day course is suitable for people managing a fundraising team within an arts organisation or seeking to take on managerial responsibilities for fundraising within an arts organisation.

The cost of the event is £135.00

To book visit the event website


170 museums sign up to Museum Freecycle UK, a national museum-recycling network

The portal ( is being run by exhibition designers and architects Urban Salon with the support of SHARE Museums East and The Collections Trust. The site offers museums an online tool, which enables them to recycle their showcases and other exhibition build items for free. The network connects museums that are discarding setworks from temporary exhibitions and those looking for new elements helping to boost sustainability and reduce costs within the sectors.

There are now 170 members across the UK including the National Portrait Gallery, the Design Museum, the Imperial War Museum as well as smaller museums such as the Bagpipe Museum and Bloxham Village Museum.

Urban Salon managing director Caroline Keppel-Palmer says: ‘Members have been using the site actively and we have seen museums posting items including mannequins, display cases, plinths and donation boxes.’

Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of the institutions that has used the portal. Exhibitions officer Nadine Loach says: “I have found Museum Freecycle to be really useful and thoroughly recommend it to everyone I meet with at other institutions. We had a great response to our request for showcases and were very impressed with the offers. Our offer of four display cases was picked up very quickly by several museums in London who emailed within days. The first response was from a National Trust property who sent someone to visit to see the showcases and then later arranged to collect them all.’

Caroline Keppel-Palmer is keen for the project to gain momentum and build membership: ‘The more members that join, the more effective the network will be for the sector. Museum Freecycle is open to all UK museums and membership is free.’

For further information, please contact

Caroline Keppel-Palmer, Managing Director, Urban Salon, 020 7735 5327

UK businesses encouraged to claim £3000 grants for better broadband


Good opportunity for museums constituted as registered charities in Liverpool, Manchester and Salford.

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

Government grants of up to £3000 for better internet connectivity are available to small businesses in 22 cities across the United Kingdom.

Businesses in 22 cities around the UK have until March 2015 to apply for a Government grant worth up to £3000 to start reaping the business benefits of faster broadband speeds and better connectivity. The 22 cities are Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Derry/Londonderry, Edinburgh, Leeds – Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Nottingham, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford and York.

The scheme allows businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband. So far, almost 3,000 businesses in the UK’s “Superconnected cities” have received grants, with hundreds more currently going through the application process.

The grant, in the form of a voucher, is part of the government’s broadband transformation across the country…

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I’ve found a drawer full of old coins. What do I do about them?

Numismatics seminar
Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside
Tuesday 4th November 2014, 10.30am-3.30pm

Where do you start when you find a collection of coins you didn’t know you had but you don’t have a numismatist on staff? Join us to find out what happened when staff at Knowsley Hall found hundreds of Roman coins hidden amongst the family papers. Dr Stephen Lloyd, Curator of the Derby Collection, and experts from Ormskirk and West Lancashire Numismatics Society, will talk through their discoveries, the issues they encountered with establishing provenance, researching, cataloguing and storing them, and the practical solutions they found. Henry Flynn, Project Curator for the Money and Medals Network, will also talk about cataloguing, researching and storing smaller coin collections.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Job Opportunity: Doncaster Heritage Services

Doncaster 1914-18 project posts

Doncaster Heritage Services are seeking to fill four project posts for our Heritage Lottery Funded World War One project, Doncaster 1914-18. These posts will be responsible for delivering the project, which will involve events, exhibitions, workshops, a community archaeology dig and a digital website with accompanying applications. We will also be working with several partners across Doncaster and engaging the community with this project will be vital to its success.

These posts and more details of the project are advertised on the Doncaster Council jobs website at

For further information about any of these posts please contact Peter Robinson or Carolyn Dalton on 01302 734293

The posts are :

Project Manager                               Grade 8 (£23,346-£28,199)   37 hrs pwk     until 12.7.2019

Content Officer (digital)                 Grade 6 (£16,658-£18,930)   37 hrs pwk     until 12.7.2019

Community Engagement Officer    Grade 6 (£16,658-£18,930)   37 hrs pwk     until 12.7.2019

Research Officer                              Grade 6 (£16,658-£18,930)   37 hrs pwk     15 months

Doncaster 1914-18 project contracts

Doncaster Heritage Services are seeking to fill five project contracts for our Heritage Lottery Funded, World War One project, Doncaster 1914-18. These contracts will be responsible for helping our project staff to deliver the digital resource, marketing strategy, temporary exhibitions, family history workshops and project evaluation . We will also be working with several partners across Doncaster, and engaging the community with this project will be vital to its success.

These contracts will be delivered over several years and more details of the project are advertised on the YorTender website at

For further information about any of these contracts please register with the YorTender website as queries must be placed through YorTender.


Evaluation contract (YORE-9N4P-DA5647)  Closing date 20 October 2014 Approximate budget: £10,000.

Family history workshops (YORE-9N4P-BD1LIX)  Closing date 27 October 2014 Approximate budget: £10,000.

Marketing contract (YORE-9N4M-JHT08E)  Closing date 27 October 2014 Approximate budget: £64,000.

Exhibitions contract (YORE-9N4P- 2LZKRG) Closing date 3 November 2014 Approximate budget: £130,000.

Digital contract (YORE-9N4N-DPH4SW) Closing date 10 November 2014 Approximate budget: £135,000.

John Ellerman Foundation Funding Deadline

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.


The Regional Museums and Galleries Fund is provided by the John Ellerman Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

The focus of the fund is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections.

Value Notes

The budget for 2014/15 is £380,000. The Foundation expects to make about four grants for periods of two to three years.

Who Can Apply

Regional museums and galleries in the UK are eligible to apply.

National institutions are also eligible to apply if their project brings significant benefits to the regions.

Preference will be given to applicants with an income of between £100,000 and £10 million, but a larger institution may receive funding if it is uniquely placed to meet the aims of the fund.

The focus of the fund is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Excellence in their field at a national level
  • National significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection
  • A commitment to broadening audiences.

Organisations should be able to show the following:

  • An emphasis on the value of curatorial skills
  • A commitment to excellence and innovation
  • Strong leadership and commitment from senior management, board or governing body
  • Effective financial management
  • The difference a grant will make, to the museum or gallery itself, to the general public and other audiences.


United Kingdom


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individual conservation projects. However, conservation work may be considered as part of a wider request
  • Education and outreach work projects
  • Individuals, including student grants or bursaries
  • General and round-robin appeals
  • Capital developments and individual items of equipment
  • Promotion of religion or places of worship
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding, or work that should be funded by government
  • Individual campaigns
  • One-off events, such as conferences, trips, seminars, single commissions, productions or festivals
  • Sport, leisure or individual holiday schemes
  • Education, such as initiatives linked to the curriculum, arts or environmental educational projects
  • Medical research or treatment, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation services
  • Prisons and offenders
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services.

The Foundation does not consider applications from organisations that:

  • Have applied unsuccessfully within the previous 12 months
  • Have had a grant which ended less than 12 months ago
  • Focus on a single medical area, such as an individual disease, organ or condition
  • Are hospitals, hospices, schools, colleges or universities, unless the application is from a leading university specialist unit.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation is particularly interested in funding museums and galleries that plan to:

  • Support new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out
  • Work in partnership with others to develop and share good practice
  • Ensure that the experience from the work funded is integrated into any future plans.

How To Apply


2014/15 deadline for first-stage applications: 3 October 2014.

Frequency: Annual.

Link to guidelines:

Useful information:

The Foundation operates a two-stage application process. The first-stage application should include:

A description of what the organisation is seeking funding for, on no more than two sides of A4, including:

  • A brief description of the organisation and relevant track record
  • The nature of the collection, and why it has national significance
  • The purpose of the funding being sought
  • How the proposal matches what the Foundation funds and is looking for
  • Financial information.

Charities should provide a copy of their most recent annual accounts. Applicants that are part of a larger organisation (such as a university or local authority) should provide an income and expenditure statement for the running costs of the department or unit.

If the accounts show a significant surplus or deficit, high or low reserves, these should be explained briefly. If the year-end date of the accounts is more than 10 months old, applicants should include the latest management accounts.

If the proposal is recommended to the next stage, a more detailed application will be required.

Museum Development 2015-18 and Museum Resilience Fund

Museum Development Fund 2015-18

We are thrilled to announce that Manchester City Galleries and Cumbria Museum Consortium will continue to be a part of the National Museum Development Network from 2015-18.

The aim of the Museum development grants programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all Accredited museums, as well as those working towards Accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will support a national network of organisations that promote museum development, and will also complement existing support provided by other funding agencies, including local authorities.  For more information please visit the ACE website

The exact amount of funding will be announced in due course.

Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England is the development organisation for English regional museums. At a challenging time for funding in the sector, the focus of our approach for 2015-18 is on building a more resilient museums sector. One of the ways we will do this is through the Museum resilience fund.

The Museum resilience fund addresses the priorities set out in our mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of our mission: supporting a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

The fund will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector, recognising that excellence and the potential for excellence can be found in museums of all sizes.

A budget of £10million is available for 2015/16, with indicative budgets for 2016/17 and 2017/18 remaining at that level.

Explore the following links when applying to the fund:

Key application information
How we will make our decision

For more information please visit the ACE website

Curious About…Workshops

Curious about . . . Support, Events and Training

Curious Minds have a number of events, training and support offers to help schools and heritage organisations work together and understand each other better. You can download our new Event and Support leaflet here: Autumn 2014 Leaflet –

Curious about . . . the History and Geography Curriculum?

17 October, 11am – 3pm, Towneley Hall, Burnley

This event will focus on changes to the history and geography curriculum in primary schools. This is a chance to work with school improvement services and primary school teachers to explore how your organisation or setting can best respond to the new National Curriculum.

FREE – Book Here…

Curious about . . . STEAM* and National Science and Engineering Week? *Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

22 October, 10am – 4pm, Museum of Lancashire, Preston

This event is for museum and heritage educators and will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. In partnership with the Group for Education in Museums (GEM), STEM experts and the British Science Association, this event will help you to link your collections to STEM and prepare for National Science and Engineering week in March 2015.

FREE – Book Here…

Call for Partners: Learning Museum 2014-2017

The British Museum’s National Programmes team is pleased to announce a nationwide call for partner museums for Learning Museum, a HLF Skills for the Future programme which will provide young persons from diverse backgrounds with high quality entry-level vocational training, champion best practice in museum collections and development, and create a strong professional network for sharing expertise amongst all parties.

Learning Museum builds upon the commitments and successes of previous HLF Skills for the Future programmes: Future Curators and Museum Pathways, and compliments the full range of BM national programmes including Spotlight Loans, Touring Exhibitions, Knowledge Exchange and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Please visit for further details.

The core objectives of the Learning Museum programme are to:

  • Nurture the next generation of the museum workforce, drawing in fresh perspectives from a diverse cohort of trainees, enabling them to harness the power of objects and engage under-represented audiences;
  • Champion best practice in dynamic collections skills and showcase innovation in museum development across the UK, ensuring a sustainable future for the museum sector.
  • Develop a proactive network of trainees, partner museums and the British Museum, leading to long term nationwide collaborative projects of all kinds.

Learning Museum seeks partner museums across the UK who are committed to championing best practice and sharing expertise in current key areas of both workforce development and sector-wide skills shortages: promoting diversity, community engagement, youth employment, and vocational learning, alongside innovative skills in both collections management and museum development. Learning Museum welcomes sector-wide applications from museums, galleries and heritage centres of all shapes and sizes. We are as keen to collaborate with new partners as we are to strengthen ties with existing ones.

Learning Museum will invest in a new generation of museum professionals and equip them to thrive in a fast-changing sector. Twenty trainees, each in receipt of a bursary from the programme, will be trained, supervised and mentored at a partner museum for one year. Targeted recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who benefit the diversity profiles of their museums. Partner museums will assist trainees in developing rewarding opportunities to engage their own communities with their host museums. Our understandings of diversity profiles here are broad, encouraging applicants from minority ethnic, disabled, gender and sexuality diverse, the unemployed and low income communities, for example.

Learning Museum training content will be underpinned by core collections skills and incorporate best practice in new skill areas developed at partner museums. Training will be evidenced and accredited in the completion of a QCF Level 3 Cultural Heritage diploma, with bespoke training content adapted to the collections and skills strengths of partner museums, as well as the interests and aspirations of trainees.

Placements will be complimented by a series of focused all-party training sessions, forming a learning network through which to share and showcase expertise at partner museums. After a year of work-based learning and collaborative workshops trainees will have developing collections skills, they will have gained experience key museum development skills such as entrepreneurship and fundraising, and all of the network‘s organisations will have developed the culture of the learning museum.

Throughout the project the British Museum commits to:

·         Provide overall coordination and project management of the programme.

·         Fund all agreed direct costs of the programme, including payment of all trainees, through a grant from HLF.

·         Support partner museums with all aspects of the planning and delivery of work placements.

·         Offer bespoke training sessions at the BM (and travel expenses) for partner museum staff.

·         Oversee the recruitment strategy with each partner museum creating the job advert and recruiting locally based on consistent guidelines.

·         Offer QCF diploma assessor training, and recognised assessor status to partner museum staff.

·         Fund all travel costs incurred by trainees attending Learning Museum training and meetings, through provision in the HLF grant.

·         Support partner museums’ management of the training programme, including co-development of a personalised training plan for trainees; and assessment of the QCF level 3 Cultural Heritage diploma.

·         Manage and oversee the programme’s evaluation.

In taking part in the Learning Museum programme, the partner museum commits to:

·         Host and support one trainee for the full 12 month placement.

·         Work with the BM to advertise and recruit the trainee through a broad community engagement campaign according to the partner museum’s diversity profile.

·          Agree to host open days and taster days for groups of potential applicants, one group interview day and individual interviews to support the selection and interview process.

·         Offer a full induction to working at the organisation for the trainee, and offer then the same benefits and privileges as full time staff.

·         Host one training day, covering a topic decided with each partner, for all 10 trainees and other interested partner and BM staff during the year-long placement.

·         Make a £500 cash contribution to the programme budget.

·         Assign a committed supervisor who will support the trainee in their professional development, assist the trainee in completing their training plan, and ensure completion of all requirements and provision of appropriate evidence for the QCF Cultural Heritage diploma.

·         Co-develop an individual training plan tailored to the trainee’s needs, jointly designed by the trainee, supervisor and British Museum.

·         Supervise and co-develop a core community engagement project, whereby the trainee will be able to engage their own communities in programmes at their host museum.

·         Assign a mentor to the trainee from partner museum staff, or recruit a mentor through community or sector networks.

·         Arrange trainee review meetings at least every six weeks to assess progress and achievements against the training plan, as well as address any arising needs or issues.

·         Provide opportunities for the trainee to shadow other members of staff as appropriate.

·         Assist the trainee in logistical and administrative requirements for the attendance of training days, key meetings and events, and invoice the programme accordingly.

·         Provide high quality pastoral care for the trainee, including career and professional skills coaching as well as personal support where necessary, and guarantee ready access to a concrete network of additional youth support organisations.

·         Participate actively in the Learning Museum network, championing their museum as a centre of excellence, sharing experiences and best practice amongst the network.

·         Embed the training models developed to build training capacity and expertise within the organisation for the future.

·         Participate substantively in both in programme monitoring (in-house and BM) and in programme evaluation (to be undertaken by an external consultant).

·         Ensure thorough documentation of the placement in the creation of high quality visual and digital outputs to be used in both reporting to HLF and in promoting the programme.

·         At every appropriate opportunity credit the generous support of the HLF Skills for the Future Programme.

Project timetable:

15 October 2014

Applications deadline, shortlisting and visits to prospective partners begin.

1 December 2014

Final selection and confirmation of partner museums.

December 2014 (tba)

Start-up meeting, recruitment and diversity training day at BM.

December 2014

– March 2015

Partner museums develop community engagement campaign, open and taster days to promote traineeships.

BM supports engagement campaign, and hosts training days for partner museum staff.

April-August 2015

Partner museums advertise and recruit for traineeship: sift applications, deliver workshops, group and individual interviews. Select one trainee.

BM supports recruitment and interviews, continues to host staff training days.

September 2015

– August 2016

Partner museum host the trainee in full time work placement, host one skills share training day, and support the trainee in completing all programme requirements.

BM supports each placement and partner museum, ensuring completion of requirements, assessment of QCF diploma, and coordination of evaluation.


Please complete the Expression of Interest, considering closely the call for partners document.

Please return your completed Expression of Interest no later than 12 noon, 15th October 2014 to:

Michael McBratney, Learning Museum Coordinator, National Programmes team, British Museum:

For an informal discussion about becoming a partner the Learning Museum programme, and for further details, please email Michael at the above address, or call on 020 7323 8938 (Monday and Tuesday only).


ACE Museum Resilience Fund Surgery

Originally posted on Museum Development North West:

Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
Thursday 2nd October

In light of the recent announcement of Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund ACE Museum Relationship Managers Penny Thompson and Martin Gaw are running a drop-in surgery for museums in the North West to speak to them about the fund and project ideas.

Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy for ACE confirmed at our recent Funding Fair that there will be £10million available a year for the next 3 years and that your application you will need to focus on Goals 3 and 4 and that you are very unlikely to be funded if there isn’t a strong link to resilience.

The sums available will range from £20,000 to £300,000 a year for one to three years.

Although this is a drop-in session we would like to know numbers so please book on our eventbrite page

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