British Museum- National Programmes Update

Collections Skills Training Films NOW ONLINE

As part of the HLF funded Collections Skills training programme which ran in 2017/18, the British Museum have created a series of films to help museums become ‘loan-ready’. The videos offer guidance on many aspects of the loans process; from researching collections before an initial request, through to how objects will be moved and stored after being on loan. It is hoped that these films will support museums in gaining some of the skills and confidence needed to request loans of objects for exhibition from the British Museum and other nationals.

A link to the films on YouTube can be found here. The films are also available via the Collections Trust website here.

‘Connecting Classical Collections’: Bringing museums together to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for collections from the ancient Mediterranean.

University of Reading, Friday 14 September, 10:30 – 16:00, FREE – booking essential

This one-day event aims to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections, and to shape its development. ‘Classical’ collections are defined broadly as collections from the ancient Mediterranean, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Cypriot material.  There are at least 70 such collections across the UK, which have varying levels of curatorial support, and there is scope to do more by pooling expertise and sharing experiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the potential role of a new SSN, including the extent of its remit, and to give their views on the way forward. Focusing on the theme of ‘Activism’, the workshop will also present case studies of museum projects which connect classical collections with contemporary social issues.

For the latest version of the programme, please see

If you have a perspective on classical collections and activism which you would like to share, drawing on your own experiences, please email

How to register:

Attendance at this workshop is free, but places are limited. To register for a place, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page- . A limited number of travel bursaries are available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please indicate this during the registration process.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Vivmar Foundation, and their generous support of the British Museum’s national Knowledge Share programme. It has been organised with additional support from the SSN The Society for Museum Archaeology.



Job Opportunity: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

Museum Development North West

1 year fixed term post (with possibility of extension)
3 days / 22.5 hours a week (0.6 FTE)
Salary: £25,000 pro rata, freelance considered

The Fundraiser role at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is a new post that will play a vital role in raising funds across the organisation, working closely with the Director to identify future funding opportunities in line with our strategic objectives. We are seeking an experienced and talented individual to build relationships on behalf of CFCCA and secure funding from a range of sources including Foundations, Trusts and Public Sector grant-making bodies. 

CFCCA has a diverse and rich 30 year history of supporting both national and international audiences and also local communities to understand more about Chinese contemporary art, culture and society. We create meaningful encounters between artists and audiences through a lively public programme of exhibitions, artist residencies, engagement projects and events both on…

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Get FREE financial advice for your museum with AIM and the Charity Finance Group

Members of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) now receive free membership of the Charity Finance Group as an additional membership benefit.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, AIM has bought bulk membership of the Charity Finance Group to support their membership with a range of finance topics for the next three years.

This new membership benefit is free to all AIM members and you can add any additional staff, Trustees and volunteers from your organisation at no extra cost.

Being a member of the Charity Finance Group will help to support you and your teams to develop better financial management of your organisation. CFG 1.jpg

When you join the Charity Finance Group you join a network of over 1,400 charities, with over 3,000 finance professional members, so the best financial network is now at hand for your museum.

Membership benefits for AIM members

This new membership is free and part of existing AIM membership. You can benefit from:

*Free access to CFG’s helplines. CFG’s corporate supporters run expert helplines free of charge and cover topics such as accountancy and tax, managing financial difficulties, Gift Aid, investment, pensions, legal advice for general issues, and HR and employment advice.

*Free members’ meetings that take place in London and across England and Wales.

*Discounts and early bird access to CFG’s extensive events, conferences and training programme.

*CFG Jobs Board – Members can save up to £1,535 on recruitment costs in Third Sector and advertise treasurer, trustee and volunteer vacancies free of charge.

*CFG’s monthly magazine Finance Focus and an annual Economic Outlook Briefing emailed to you

CFG 2.jpg*Access to CFG’s online document library containing over 400 documents and publications

*Add as many members of your museum staff, trustees and volunteers to the CFG membership free of charge

*Access to policy and regulation consultations – CFG’s policy team tackles the subjects that affect you and your charity’s ability to operate.

*CFG members have the opportunity to contribute to policy consultations and be kept informed about a wide range of issues from SORP, VAT and tax to pensions, banking reform and social investment.

To find out more and sign up, visit:

MDNW Collections Care and Management Programme 2018-19

This free Collections Care and Management Programme is now open to applications. It has been designed to support Accredited museums and those officially working towards Accreditation to achieve, maintain and improve on Collections Care and Management requirements detailed in Section 2 of the ACE Museum Accreditation Standard.

If you are committed to tackling your areas for improvement and are planning to implement improvements set out in your plans, this programme of four workshops can help through the provision of training and equipment. You can send one member of your team to each session but it may be a different individual attending as appropriate. The two Collections Care sessions should be attended by the same individual as they are linked.

Participating museums will be asked to:

  • Complete XLS Benchmarks in Collections Care and the MDNW Collections Health Check to assess current levels of practice and use the information to complete the Expression of Interest Form. Send your completed Benchmarks, Collections Health Check and EOI forms to by 21stSeptember 2018.
  • Attend Workshop 1: Policies, Plans and Procedures on 18th October 2018 at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston.This session will give you: an overview of policies, plans and procedures necessary for Accreditation; chance to review your existing Policies, Plans and Procedures (which you should bring to the session); and time to think about your own organisational strengths, weaknesses and priorities.
  • Attend Workshop 2: Collection Care Part 1 on 7thNovember 2018 at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston. This session will cover: an introduction to the museum environment; pest monitoring and control measures; a practical housekeeping session working on a variety of objects provided. A collections care kit will be given to each museum.
  • Attend Workshop 3: Collection Care Part 2 on 12thDecember 2018 at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston. This session will cover: environmental monitoring (interpreting data); environmental control methods; creating microclimates (storage and display); a practical session including using packing materials to create cost effective microclimates.
  • Attend Workshop 4: Labelling and marking on 24thJanuary 2019 at Entomology Library, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool. This session will give: an overview of Spectrum 5.0 primary procedure of labelling and marking; a chance to review your own procedures; a practical session of labelling and marking objects.

At the end of the programme, participants will have: a clear understanding of organisational Collections Care and Management Priorities; be able to articulate these priorities into Collections Care and Management Plans; staff and volunteers that are more confident in caring for and managing collections.

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and submit this, along with your completed Benchmarks in Collections Care and Collections Health Check, to Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development North West at by 21st September 2018.

Leadership & Management Workshop

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Thursday 18th October
10:30 – 16:00

As part of our responsive training programme this workshop delivered by ACM Training will focus on supporting participants to develop their leadership and management skills. By the end of the day, through practical activities, group discussion, case study, debate and individual participation, delegates should achieve the following objectives:

  • Appreciate the difference between leadership and management, understand your own style and recognise the key qualities and traits of good leaders and managers
  • Gain greater understanding of the leader’s/manager’s responsibilities;
  • Recognise the attributes of effective leaders and how to lead and influence others;
  • Create and maintain an efficient, effective, and motivated team;
  • Understand the principles of motivation and how to apply them to your team;
  • Maximise a team’s performance, by understanding human behaviour;
  • Know how to give and receive feedback, give instructions and state expectations clearly;
  • Develop assertiveness skills;
  • Learn how to delegate more effectively;
  • Improve your ability to communicate with the team, your clients and partners;
  • Understand the strategic problem-solving process;
  • Strengthen your techniques for managing the performance of the team;
  • Know how to evaluate, reprimand and counsel staff, undertake performance reviews and implement performance expectations objectively.

To book a place visit our Eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird –

Job Opportunity: Contemporary Visual Arts North NW Network Manager

Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is a regional network creating opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources and cultivate relationships. They provide platforms to promote and support the work of the region’s visual arts ecology.
CVAN North West comprises three sub-regional groups:

  • Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL)
  • Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM)
  • North by NorthWest (NbyNW)

Contemporary Visual Arts North (CVAN) NW is seeking a new Network Manager to be responsible for coordinating and managing the work of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, assisting in the formulation and implementation of a new regional strategy and delivery plan,and facilitating knowledge sharing across the regional network, and between other CVAN networks, nationally.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th September. Interviews will be held week commencing 1stOctober 2018.
For more information on the job role, specification and how to apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Programme Manager, Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism have recently been successful in applying for Discover England Funding for the Northern World Heritage Collection project and are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead the project.

If you have senior tourism experience, knowledge of UNESCO World Heritage sites and recent programme management experience they would be delighted to hear from you.

The closing date is Monday 13 August. Interviews will be held 15 August 2018. For more information please click here.

For more information about the role please contact Sue Clarke –


Consultancy opportunity: Museum Development Network- Formative Evaluation of Museums’ Self-Assessment Methodology

The Museum Development Network (MDN) seeks a consultant with relevant experience and expertise to evaluate the national pilot of a methodology of museums’ self-assessment. The methodology is currently operating as a national pilot in each region during 2018-19 and builds on the East Midlands Museum Development self-assessment business diagnostic. The evaluation findings will inform the development of a national self-assessment methodology in preparation for implementation from January 2019.

This work will support MDN to develop a collective response to Arts Council England’s Museum Development (MD) SMART objectives and to support: MD programme development; resilience of museums in the nine English regions; identification of national trends and needs of museums; track some of the impact of MD interventions and support given to museums.

The deadline for proposal submission is 5pm on the7thSeptember 2018. The interview date for short-listed proposals is 25thSeptember 2018. 

For more information please read the full brief here.

Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) Professional Development Opportunities

In response to demand TEG will be programming a Tactile Access to Collections: Maximising Public Object Handling Opportunities workshop in autumn 2018. A date and venue will be announced soon – to register your interest in attending email Charlotte Dew on

There are two professional development seminars currently available to book:

  • Economics of Touring Exhibitions – 25 September 2018, Islington Museum, London
  • Beginning to Tour – 15 October 2018, Barbican, London

For further information or to book visit TEG’s Eventbrite page.

Creative Case NORTH Launches New Website

Creative Case NORTH supports open dialogue, exploration and exchange of practice around the Creative Case for Diversity, creating opportunities for sector colleagues to discuss, debate, explore and exchange approaches to Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity.

Their newly launched website, will accompany their programmes of activity, providing case studies, useful information and signposting to events and opportunities.  Featured case studies share the Creative Case journeys of North Area organisations and explore the themes of articulation, Goal 1, organisational change and leadership.  

Useful information provides links to both Arts Council England resources, and organisation/individuals responses to the Creative Case for Diversity, and events and opportunities will share information about forthcoming Creative Case NORTH activity, alongside Creative Case and diversity related events and opportunities across the North Area.

For enquiries about Creative Case NORTH, or to contribute resources, events or opportunities to the website, contact Louise Taylor, Creative Case NORTH Coordinator at