MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme

We’re pleased to announce that MDNW will be running its first Emerging Leaders programme this year and that applications are now being accepted. This six-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one workshop per month for six months starting in July and will focus on the following areas:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • How to inspire your team
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to broker partnerships
  • Change management
  • How to embed new ways of working
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • How to excel
  • Idea development

The programme includes some homework, to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace. The programme will also be an opportunity to create contacts and networks across the region and work in partnership with other participants.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders.

She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated but there has to be a line-management participation agreement.

The dates for the workshops are 3rd July, 28th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November, 10th December. We will confirm venues asap.

If you are interested in participating please can you write a paragraph showing how you and your museum will benefit from your participation. You will also need to provide evidence that you have your manager’s support for taking part in the programme.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Monday 1st June.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to complete the programme.

If you would like more information please contact Alex Bird.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme

The deadline for applications is just around the corner for our first Emerging Leaders programme and you have until 5pm Monday 1st June to submit them. This six-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one workshop per month for six months starting in July and will focus on the following areas:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • How to inspire your team
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • How to broker partnerships
  • Change management
  • How to embed new ways of working
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • How to excel
  • Idea development

The programme includes some homework, to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace. The programme will also be an opportunity to create contacts and networks across the region and work in partnership with other participants.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders.

She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated but there has to be a line-management participation agreement.

The dates for the workshops are 3rd July, 28th August, 17th September, 22nd October, 19th November, 10th December. We will confirm venues asap.

If you are interested in participating please can you write a paragraph showing how you and your museum will benefit from your participation. You will also need to provide evidence that you have your manager’s support for taking part in the programme.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer –alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Monday 1st June.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to complete the programme.

If you would like more information please contact Alex Bird.

Volunteers’ Week 2015: 1-7 June

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

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland,  Volunteer Now  (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country.

Everyone is invited to join this national celebration of volunteers and volunteering, it’s up to you to decide exactly how you join in. Please let the team know if you are planning an event.

marion and roger Archive & library volunteers, Marion and Roger at Torfaen Museum Trust (Pontypool Museum)

Some of the events planned for Volunteers Week 2015 include:

Twitter Party – 1st June: Follow the @NCVOvolunteers twitter account and send your thank…

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Job Opportunity: Nantwich Museum

Museum Manager

Job Type: Maternity Cover

Contract Type: Temporary (less than 13 months)

Salary: £20,000 p.a. pro rata

Closing Date: June 24th, 2015

This is an exciting developmental opportunity to manage all aspects of a thriving local museum. Nantwich Museum is at the heart of this Cheshire market town, attracting around 30,000 visitors a year. 
It seeks to reflect the long history of the community and the town which embraces Roman salt production, a great Tudor fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and displays on latter day local trade and industry, including the famous Cheshire cheese and dairy producing agriculture of the district. There are several exhibitions each year ranging from Civil War subjects to local children’s art in conjunction with Nantwich schools. The Trustees and staff are also very proud of the engagement with local schools and colleges and work in the museum with people living with dementia and their carers.

The museum has a part time paid administrator supporting the Manager. There are around 60 volunteers and 150 Members who contribute to the life of the museum in a variety of ways from staffing the thriving shop to maintaining the collection of locally related historical and archaeological artefacts and material. The Manager is responsible to the Chair and Board of Management of the museum who take a keen interest in the well being of the organisation. The Museum is almost 50% funded by local authority grants and the remainder is made up from shop, events and sundry revenue, donations and grants from organisations such as HLF. We are looking for a professionally-qualified person to manage all aspects of the museum’s activities whilst the present post holder is on maternity leave.

The successful candidate will need to be adaptable and flexible in their approach to managing the many activities of the museum: someone who is able to inspire and motivate volunteers and professionals in a team and who appreciates the need for a business-like approach to leading the organisation.

Job Description and further details can be obtained by contacting the email address below. 
Closing date for applications, which should comprise a letter of application and relevant, up to date, CV, is June 24th, 2015.

Contact: Nick Dyer, Chair, Board of Management, nickdyer02@gmail.com

Job Opportunity: People’s History Museum, Manchester

Business Development Officer (Income & Communications)
Project Post at People’s History Museum
Fixed term full-time project post, until 31 March 2016, anticipated start July 2015

Salary – £17K pro rata

The museum is looking for a colleague with experience of individual giving, retail and communications (including marketing and/or PR) to join its small and proactive Business Development and Communications Team to deliver our ambitious plans.  The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in an individual giving environment, working with the general public and as part of a multi-disciplinary team – either through paid or voluntary experience.

The People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy. It is the only museum in the UK dedicated to telling the story of the development of democracy in Britain and how ordinary people have achieved extraordinary things through co-operation. It works to engage, inspire and inform all audiences by showing that ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

The museum’s Transition Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), aims to help ensure the continued sustainability of the People’s History Museum and enables the museum to appoint a fixed term role, part-funded by HLF to work on income and communications for the museum.

The Business Development Officer (Income & Communications) will have a range of responsibilities, including contributing to the museum’s communications activities and retail. The most important area of work will be securing funds from individual donors through the museum’s new membership scheme. The role will also include assisting in the implementation of a new CRM system for the museum.

For enquires relating to the Business Development Officer (Income & Communications) Project Post, please email Lauren Hibbert, Venue Hire & Admin Assistant at the museum on lauren.hibbert@phm.org.uk

Further information

To apply

Download the application form; fill it in referring to the job tasks and person specification demonstrating how you fulfil the criteria.

Either post or email your completed application form to Janneke Geene, Head of Business Development at the museum on janneke.geene@phm.org.uk

 

Closing Date – 5.00pm Friday 12 June 2015

Booking opens for New Expressions’ field visit programme

Artists and museum staff with a professional interest in collaboration are being invited to experience some of the high points of the New Expressions LIVE season together.  Hosted by three of the programme’s partner museums in Plymouth, York and Warwickshire, this series of three events will enable the exchange of knowledge and creative thinking and promote inspirational programming ideas.

Each field visit offers the opportunity to see newly commissioned art works and to gain candid insights into their production, interpretation and installation, as revealed by the museums and the artists involved.

Each event will also enable participants to consider options for supporting future joint working between artists and museums – options that will support creative risk taking and experimental new approaches to artist-museum collaboration.

One idea under consideration is the option of setting up a practice-based ‘Subject Specialist Network’ (SSN). Arts Council England recognises SSNs as fora for sharing expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice, and has given New Expressions an award from the Museum Resilience Fund to explore whether this would be a good way to take the initiative forward nationally.

Find out more:
http://www.newexpressions.org/Booking-opens-for-New-Expressions’-field-visit-programme/Latest-News/ Link to download

PDF calling notice:
http://www.newexpressions.org/includes/documents/Field%20Visits%20Programme_Calling_Notice_Final.pdf

Learning from ARTIST ROOMS – Anselm Kiefer and Young People

An ARTIST ROOMS and engage North West Area Group event

Friday 29 May 2015, 11.00am-4.00pm
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle, Cumbria FREE (Limited places, booking essential)

engage members and regional colleagues are invited to join engage North West Reps Steven Roper and Catherine O’Donnell for a special Area Group event at Tullie House on 29 May.

Join the team from Tullie House for a practical exploration of how they have engaged young people with Anselm Kiefer’s ARTIST ROOMS exhibition. The day will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on workshops to create an informal, relaxing and social environment around the exhibition. The team will share good practice around Anselm Kiefer’s ARTIST ROOMS exhibition exploring the themes of environment, identity and memory and discuss outcomes from their learning programme with secondary schools, young people with learning disabilities and young people not in education, training or employment.

  • Anna Smalley, Programming Manager, will deliver an overview of Tullie House and the learning programme and discuss the challenges ARTST ROOMS has presented in terms of engaging with young people.
  • Artist Helen Walsh will run a hands-on workshop explaining how Kiefer’s work linked to her Secondary Programme. Helen will also share learning from her ‘creative response project’ with young people with disabilities.
  • Steven Pearson will focus on work with young people not in education, training or employment.

    This day is essential for educators and artists working with young people. The meeting is an opportunity for all colleagues working in galleries, museums and education to catch up, network and help plan future events in the North West. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

    To book a place or request further information, contact Area Group Reps Steven Roper or Catherine O’Donnell on steven.roper@manchester.ac.uk / catherine.odonnell@phm.org.uk. Please include dietary requirements.

    Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust

    Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8TP
    Tel: 01228 618 718 Directions: http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/your-visit/directions

    This event is organised by engage and supported by ARTIST ROOMS On Tour. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.

Grant deadline – Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme

The deadline for applications for the next round of the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme is Wednesday 3 June for applications over £1,500. Applications under £1,500 will be accepted at any time. For more information, see www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/jonathan-ruffer-curatorial-grants

Joint Statement on Unethical Sales – Accreditation response

Arts Council England have issued a response to the recently published joint statement on unethical museum sales. This is in relation to feedback that a small number of museums thought the statement indicated a change in policy and a change to the Accreditation Standard.

To read the full ACE statement please click here – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections/

Network of European Museum Organisations Values 4 Museums Report

From NEMO:

The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO), which brings together museum organisations and museums throughout Europe, is committed to creating an environment in which museums can reach their full potential, both in terms of their collections and their social, educational and economic impact. NEMO is convinced that it is vital for museums in the future to position themselves and advance in these four strategic areas in order to remain relevant – and become even more significant – to society.

This publication gives you an overview of exemplary museum projects from all over Europe, many of which differ greatly in terms of geography, structure and theme. But whether in Greece or Finland, France or Russia, in museums of art, ethnography or natural sciences, in international networks, large institutions or smaller mu- seums, the common thread that runs through all of these projects is how museums serve their visitors, in particu- lar, and society in general.

Full NEMO report

FIELD VISIT PROGRAMME for museum staff and contemporary artists

Upton House and Gardens, National Trust – 18 June

Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery – 22 July

York Museum and Art Gallery – 14 September

New Expressions 3 is establishing a national approach to collaboration between contemporary artists and museums, both large and small, and with of all types of collection and governance. We are currently is exploring how partnership working can be structured in the future to provide fresh approaches to collections and engaging visitor experiences across England. During the current LIVE season some 19 artists are presenting specially commissioned work in partnership with 15 museums across the South West, Midlands and North regions of England. Taking museum collections as their starting point, projects range from long-term interventions to one-off performances: several art works will become part of museums’ permanent collections while the shortest, potentially explosive installation at Plymouth will last just one day. www.newexpressions.org

With New Expressions 3 LIVE season now in full swing, museum staff and artists with a professional interest in collaboration are invited to experience some of its high points. Hosted by three partner museums in Plymouth, York and Warwickshire, this series of events will enable the exchange of knowledge and creative thinking and promote inspirational programming ideas. Each field visit offers the opportunity to see newly commissioned contemporary art works and to gain candid insights into their production, interpretation and installation, revealed by the museums and artists involved.

We are currently considering establishing a new practice-based ‘Subject Specialist Network’. At each event participants will be able to discuss options for future joint working and networking between artists and museums to support creative risk taking and experimental new approaches to artist/museum collaborations. Arts Council England recognizes SSNs as fora for the sharing of expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice, and have given us an award from the Museum Resilience Fund to explore if setting up an SSN would be an effective way to take the New Expressions initiative forward nationally.

The three events each have a different theme, inspired by the nature of the artwork the host museum has commissioned for New Expressions 3. The themes are:

  1. Collaborative working with artists, volunteers and historic houses

Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury, with the artist Yelena Popova

Thursday 18 June, 11.00 – 16.00

Yelena’s installation ‘The Collector’s Case’ is a video work accompanied by a series of ‘invisible portraits’, that forces the viewer to slow down and heightens their visual awareness. It reflects on the extraordinarily rich collection of historic paintings assembled by Lord Bearsted and the remarkable events that have befallen them since they came into his possession and following his generous donation of both house and art works to the National Trust. The focus of this event will be on working with artists and volunteers in historic houses. There will be a chance to see ‘Banking for Victory’, a special installation currently on show at Upton, following a concerted programme of research undertaken by a team of staff and volunteers, that brings the war-time history of the house and the precautions taken to ensure the safety of its collection vividly to life.

Tickets and full programme available on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborative-working-contemporary-artists-volunteers-and-historic-houses-tickets-16923643072
 

  1. Creative risk-taking: commissioning one-off outdoor public events

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery with the artist Keith Harrison

Wednesday 22 July, 11.00 – 16.00

Keith Harrison’s ‘Heavy Rock’ commission takes its inspiration from a work of art in Plymouth’s maritime paintings collection, entitled ‘Laying the Foundation Stone of Plymouth Breakwater’ by George Barrett the Younger, 1812. Keith is proposing an intervention into the casting process and seasonal placement of the 100 tonne ‘wave breaker’ concrete blocks that are placed out on Plymouth breakwater each year, as part of the on going defence of the breakwater, Plymouth Sound and the city itself. As in previous works, this commission will make a hidden process public with ambitious plans to create a public event to celebrate the laying of the block as a contemporary equivalent to the scene pictured in the original painting. Planning for the commission has involved the museum brokering new partnerships across the city and taking account of the tide tables (the timing of high tide is critical to the timetable for dropping the concrete blocks).

Tickets and full programme available on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-risk-taking-commissioning-one-off-outdoor-public-events-tickets-16927358184

  1. Embedding contemporary artist commissions in capital redevelopment of museums

York Art Gallery with the artist, Philip Eglin

Monday 14 September, 11.00 – 16.00

Having established a reputation for ground-breaking collaborations with artists through their programme of installations at York St Marys church, York Museum Trust has drawn on this experience in their major three-year, 8 million pound capital redevelopment of York Art Gallery. This field visit will enable participants to understand some of the challenges and rewards of engaging with artists to re-interpret and re-present collections. They will be amongst the earliest visitors and will experience the new building, including the new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), in the company of Janet Barnes, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust, her colleague Helen Walsh and ceramicist Philip Elgin, one of the artists commissioned to work with the Trust on this ambitious project.

Tickets and full programme available on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embedding-artist-commissioning-in-museum-capital-redevelopment-tickets-16927993083

How to book

All the events are free to take part in, but places are limited and booking is essential.
To book your place, please follow the Eventbrite links above.

If you have any queries, please email Susie O’Reilly: Programme Director, NE3, o_reillysusan@hotmail.com

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