Industrial Heritage Conference 2015

The Princes Regeneration Trust annual conference is being hosted this year in partnership with Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund on the 1 & 2 of December in Manchester at MOSI.

Confirmed speakers so far include the Chief Executives of the three conference partners and Manchester City Council; international speakers from Germany and the Netherlands, senior representatives of DCLG/BIS, Sheffield City Council, Northern Ireland’s DoE, The Guardian, Second Home, Igloo Regeneration, Urban Splash, The Architectural Heritage Fund and several community-led organisations.

The conference will explore the theme of re-use of industrial heritage. The event will be split into two days with slightly different focus:

•          Day One will explore the role of the public sector in encouraging the creative reuse of industrial heritage and commercial opportunities presented by historic buildings, with a focus on creative industries, development and regeneration uses. It aims to connect with businesses, investors and local/national decision makers.

•          Day Two will explore opportunities to develop new uses and engage with commercial partners to leverage investment and funding with a focus on not-for-profit groups, community organisations, heritage sector partners and historic building owners.

You can now find conference details along with how to book on the website:

Job Opportunity: Conservation Adviser (maternity cover)

Port Sunlight Village Trust

Full Time 12 month temporary contract

From December 2015

Salary circa £22k depending on experience

Port Sunlight Village Trust is dedicated to the conservation and celebration of the extraordinary village of Port Sunlight. With ownership of most of the principal buildings, one-third of the cottages, all of the visible landscape, and restrictive covenants in force with all home owners, the Trust has a major role in securing the future of the village.

We wish to recruit an experienced Conservation Adviser to provide maternity cover for a recently established post. The successful candidate will work with the local planning authority, Historic England, village residents, contractors, and colleagues in the Trust’s Estates and Heritage departments to continue to protect the built heritage of Port Sunlight.

Under the supervision of the Heritage Manager, the job is to maintain and monitor information on the state of the architectural heritage of Port Sunlight and to share the data with relevant parties. You will provide a comprehensive support service to home owners and deliver hands-on workshops to help them care for their buildings. You will also assist in the implementation of initiatives to prevent additional erosion of architectural heritage in the Port Sunlight Conservation Area.

You will have a relevant degree in building conservation, architecture or planning and demonstrable experience in the field. You will need to have a keen interest in Port Sunlight, ability for problem solving and be able to show excellent interpersonal, negotiating and written communication skills. We are looking for a self-starter who wants to make a difference and who has the relevant experience and skills.

For an application pack, email or call 0151 644 4800. Please note CVs will not be accepted. For an informal conversation about the role contact Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager 0151 644 4816. More information about Port Sunlight Village Trust is available on our website

The closing date for completed application forms is 10am on Friday 23rd October 2015. Interviews are likely to be held during week commencing 26th October 2015. For further information see Conservation Adviser Application Information October 2015.

Identifying and Interpreting Roman Coins

Monday 9th November
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
10:15 – 15:30

Run by Museum Development Yorkshire this workshop will provide an introduction to Roman coinage in museums. The workshop is aimed at curators, volunteers or archaeologists who work with Roman coinage or are planning to do so. Prior experience is not required as the session will provide a basic background. 

The workshop will be hands-on with participants working with coins from York Museums Trust’s collection. The session will cover:

  • Identifying coins
  • Appropriate handling
  • Interpretation possibilities
  • Practicalities of using coins
  • Finding further information

Lunch is not included. The event is organised in partnership with York Museums Trust and is open to museums in the North West.  Download the PDF flyer for more information. 

To book a place please contact Lucy Creighton: 0114 278 2626,

Grant Scheme Now Open for  Enriching STEM Teaching

Museums that cover science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in their education activities may be interested to know that The Royal Institution has just opened a maths grant scheme for UK schools.

If your museum provides STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activities and would like to be featured on the STEM Directories so that teachers from across the UK can find you, visit the website

The Royal Institution and the Clothworkers’ Foundation are offering UK schools grants of up to £500 to host a show, talk, workshop, challenge or other maths activity to supplement their students’ classroom activities. 

The grants are being offered to eligible state-funded schools, academies and FE colleges to take part in an Enrichment and Enhancement maths activity from the STEM Directories by the end of July 2016. This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in a mathematics activity and help integrate mathematics enrichment in school practice.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 1st November.

For more information and to apply, visit the STEM Directories website or contact

Making the Most of Your Local History

Imperial War Museum North
Monday 16th November

Curious Minds is delighted to host the return of this popular event delivered in partnership with Historic England.

How can teachers best use the local historic environment to teach local history?

How can museums and heritage sites best adapt to the opportunities within the new Programme of Study for History?

Join Historic England to find out how to use photos and maps to unravel the history of an area, how to plan a local study and how to make the most of a local history site.

Using archive material prepared by Historic England’s Swindon Archive, this session will inspire teachers at KS2 and KS3, and heritage educators alike.

How to…Improve your Museum Marketing Workshop

Wednesday 18th November
Lancashire Conservation Studios
11:00 – 15:30

Lead by Jeanette Edgar, Director of Marketing and Communications for Lakeland Arts Trust this hands-on session will give you some advice and ideas of what you need when creating a marketing strategy.

11:00 – Arrival, tea, coffee

11:15 – Welcome

11:20 – Lift Pitch – Sell your museum in 2 minutes – round table

11:50 – Existing Audience – What does your current audience look like?

12:20 – Desired Audience – What does your desired audience look like?

12:50 – Lunch

13:30– Routes to market

14:00 – How to find your audience

14:30 – How to market to your existing and desired audiences

15:00 – Five step plan to creating a marketing strategy

15:30 – Close

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Join Wonder Women 2016

From People’s History Museum:

Between 3rd -13th March, 2016  Wonder Women will once again shine a light on the achievements of Manchester women past and present. Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day and commemorating the Suffragette movement born in our city, a stimulating programme of events, debate, music, film, art and gigs will celebrate how far we’ve come – and asks how far we have yet to go.

Planning is now underway and we invite you to get involved.

Do you have suitable programming already planned? A great idea looking for a home? Or just want to know more?

Join us for one of two workshops (Tuesday 13th October & Friday 23rd October) as we begin to shape the 2016 festival –
Please RSVP and see the attached brief for more details –

Wonder Women Programmer Brief


Image licensing toolkit launched

Yesterday at our EU Public Sector Information and copyright workshop the Peter Scott Gallery launched their “Digital Image Management and Licensing in a Small-Scale Museum and Gallery” toolkit.

Funded through MDNW’s Sustainable Improvement Fund, this project devised and tested a sustainability model that used image licensing as an income generator for the Peter Scott Gallery collection. The project had the documentation process at its heart and produced a toolkit that captured the work and findings.

The toolkit is full of practical advice for small museums on how to manage your objects and associated images through cataloguing, photographing and licensing images to generate income.

The toolkit is available either from their website or here –  Final DILT_MDNW_LIVE AT LICA.

The Art of Export: A guide for cultural organisations to develop international programming

The Culture Diary have lunched their beginners’ guide for cultural organisations that are interesting in working internationally.

“Working internationally is vital for the UK culture sector. Not only will you develop new opportunities and audiences, you will create lasting relationships with artists and organisations around the world. I have seen first hand the great benefits that this provides, from new collaborations to innovation in artistic practice. I urge everyone to consider the opportunity that working globally can provide.” Graham Sheffield CBE, Director Arts, British Council

The guide is a great introduction to international working and gives advice, case studies and best practice.

A free print version is available if you sign up to The Culture Diary.

To download the guide please visit The Art of Explore.

Invitation for a numismatic collections review

Since 2013 Museum Development North West, in partnership with the Money & Medals Network, has been providing training and support to museums with numismatic collections. The next stage of our work is to carry out collections reviews with four museums to help bring underused numismatic collections back into use. We are now inviting applications from interested museums.

We will be appointing a numismatic specialist to undertake the reviews. They will spend time with the collections to identify key objects, strengths and weaknesses of the collection, and work with non-specialists within the museum to increase their knowledge and understanding of the collections. The consultant will suggest priorities and ideas for use, whether through exhibitions, learning, outreach etc., improvements to the care and management of the collections, and collections development. As a result of these reviews, the participating museums will begin work towards delivering increased public use and access to the collections from 2016 onwards.

Qualifying criteria

  • Accredited museums or those working towards Accreditation (NPOs and Major Partner Museums are ineligible). Preference will go to smaller to medium sized museums where the numismatic collection hasn’t been used for a number of years (however, we don’t want to discourage museums that are trying to use their own collection under their own steam so don’t be put off from applying if you’re already using your collection)
  • No numismatic specialism on staff
  • Commitment of three or four days for staff and/or volunteers to spend time with the numismatist
  • Museum commitment from the outset to produce a public outcome from the work – e.g. small temporary/permanent exhibition, schools resource, handling collection, event or programme of events

The selected museums will work with MDNW to identify possible sources of funding for the public outcome for the work.

How to apply

There is no application form. Please submit no more than 4 pages of A4 outlining:

  • Your museum
  • Brief description of your numismatic collection (including what you do and don’t know about it)
  • How much it currently is or isn’t used
  • Any plans you may have for the collection
  • Aspects of collection you’d like to focus on in particular – this could be a particular type of coin, medals or tokens, with approximate numbers
  • What you hope to gain from a collections review
  • The name(s) of the staff and/or volunteer(s) involved at the museum who will be working with the numismatist
  • A commitment to give time to the review, and to use the review for a public outcome – we would expect to see this commitment given from a senior manager

Once the museums have been selected and the numismatist appointed, the working relationship will be agreed between each museum and the specialist regarding when and how each review will be carried out. The review work will be carried out in autumn/winter 2015-16.

Documentation will be produced for each site and will demonstrate findings, suggestions for outcomes that are achievable and realistic, including future resources likely to be needed. The programme may highlight some partnerships, joint working or other ways in which the museum can collaborate to make the most of their numismatic collections to create an improved offer for visitors.

For further information or to submit an application please email Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer, at The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 16th October 2015.


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