MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme 2017

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our third Emerging Leaders programme this year and applications are now being accepted. This seven-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 full day workshop per month for seven months, starting in June. Participants will have the opportunity to shape the content of the programme to meet their needs. In previous years, the programme has focused on areas including:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • Coaching and working effectively with others
  • Influencing
  • Time and workload management
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing change

As part of the programme, all participants have the opportunity to seek 360˚ feedback at work to help them plan their own personal development and will have time during the programme to work on their own areas of personal development. The programme also includes some homework to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace.

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 on the programme this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated. If you work at a National or Major Partner Museum please speak to Alex Bird prior to submission.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form. The form includes a section for you and a section for your line manager to support your application. It is important that you have your line manager’s support for taking part throughout the programme, so please ensure both sections of the form are completed.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – by 5pm Friday 28th April.

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 take up a place once it has been offered or do not complete the programme.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Alex Bird alternatively you can read the evaluation post about our 2015 programme.

TEG Preparing to Borrow Workshops

Book your place on one of TEG’s new Preparing to Borrow workshops, for an in-depth introduction to borrowing objects:

10 May 2017      Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

26 May 2017      Palace Green Library, Durham University                                                            

26 June 2017     People’s History Museum, Manchester

7 July 2017         The Foundling Museum, London

£25 TEG members / £35 non-members.

Book here

Delivered as part of TEG’s year-long Preparing to Borrow programme, supported by Arts Council England, the Art Fund and TESS Demountable, the workshops support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition.

It is an interactive session, based on problem solving and discussion, covering:

  • The benefits of borrowing
  • Researching suitable objects and exhibitions for loan and hire
  • Making a case to borrow
  • Communicating with lenders
  • Loan applications
  • Fees and contracts
  • Sources of funding
  • Scheduling
  • Transportation
  • Facilities reports
  • Government Indemnity and commercial insurance
  • Security
  • Emergency planning

Each workshop is delivered by a TEG trainer, William Brown, National Security Advisor, and a member of the Art Fund team, who will introduce their forthcoming funding initiative, the Weston Loan Programme. The training encourages networking, and provides the opportunity to meet colleagues from other organisations who are looking to borrow and find partners.

Ten travel bursaries are available for each workshop, up to the value of £30. If you would like to apply for a bursary, or if you have any questions about the workshop or the Preparing to Borrow programme, email

TEG is able to provide sign-language interpretation and/or induction loop facilities, if requested four weeks in advance of an event. Please indicate your communication and access requirements when booking.

Training dates in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced shortly, email to register your interest in attending one of these sessions.

Migration Museums Network – UK survey

From ICOM:

Do you think the topic of migration is adequately explored within the museums/heritage sector?

Would you like to see more being done to address this pressing contemporary issue, including within your own organisation?

We invite you to participate in a survey on the coverage of migration and related themes within your organisation and the sector more widely. The results of this survey will help us to establish a Migration Museums Network, gathering information and improving and sharing best practice nationwide. This network is funded by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We ask that this survey is completed by the person best placed to answer the questions within your organisation. Ideally we want to avoid receiving duplicate replies from the same organisation.

We are using this survey to collect information, the results of which will form the basis of a report on the current status of migration as a theme across the heritage sector. We will present, share and discuss these findings at collaborative public events in London and Newcastle towards the end of 2017. If you would like to receive a copy of this report and alerts about these events, please indicate in question 5 on the next page.

This survey should not take you more than 20 minutes. Bullet point answers are fine. We are really grateful for your participation.

To complete the survey please click here The deadline for completion is Friday April 28.

Circulating on behalf of the Migration Museum Project:

Job Opportunities: The British Museum

Corporate Relations Manager
£34,212 to £39,275 per annum
Deadline – 05 Apr 2017

The Development department of the British Museum is recruiting for a Corporate Relations Manager to be responsible for securing funding from the corporate sector for a range of Museum projects and activities. This is a key role for the Museum’s fundraising that will work to implement an agreed strategy for the future of the department’s activities.

As Corporate Relations Manager, you will develop excellent funding proposals, identify and successfully approach prospects for support, and implement and manage major corporate partnerships. In this role it is vital to balance the need for income generation and account management whilst effectively managing issues as they arise with stakeholders.

For more information click here

Corporate Relations Officer
£28,098 to £32,251 per annum
Deadline – 05 Apr 2017

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Corporate Relations section of the Development team within a rapidly modernising and world-renowned setting. The Development Department is responsible for securing funds for the Museum across a menu of different fundraising activities. The Corporate Relations Team is responsible for developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with sponsors, partners and members in the corporate sector.

For more information click here


Meet the Funders: North

M & S Company Archive, Leeds
Wednesday 10th May 2017

The aim of this workshop is to give colleagues working in the archives sector a flavour of funding sources available to them, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Wellcome Trust and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, covering both targeted and general programmes of relevance to archive services. During the day there will be informal discussion, advice to individual organisations thinking of applying, presentations, and roundtable surgeries with each of the funders, as well as a chance to find out more about TNA’s Fundraising for Archives programme.


10.00-10.30                         Registration & refreshments

10.30-10.40                         Welcome

10.40-11.00                         HLF presentation (Louise Clare)

11.00-11.20                         Wellcome Trust presentation (Chris Hassan)

11.20-11.40                         BREAK

11.40-12.00                         Case Study: Victoria Hoyle of Explore York

12.00-12.20                         V&A Purchase Grant Fund presentation (Julia Brettell)

12.20-13.20                         Lunch – Provided

13.20-13.40                         TNA Fundraising for Archives team (Sharon Elliott)

13.40-16.20                         Roundtable discussions (40 min each)

16.20-16.30                         Wrap-up

To book a place visit –

Prosper Business Support Programme

Creative United will open applications for new business support programme, Prosper, on Monday 27th March 2017

Creative United are thrilled to announce that Prosper, the new, Arts Council England-funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries, will be open for applications on Monday 27th March 2017.

The programme is designed to improve confidence and capabilities with business planning and modelling, sustainability, diverse finance and funding streams and strategy, contributing to increased resilience and investment in the sector as a whole.

It offers the opportunity for around 70 arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities, such as 1-to-1 business advice, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and meetups.

Alongside this, the Centre for Business in Society will be carrying out vital research into the provision of, and demand for, business support for arts and cultural organisations in England and Scotland. The learning from this, plus business support resources such as templates, toolkits and blogs, will be shared via the Arts Marketing Association’s online hub

Additional funding for the programme is provided by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, and Creative Scotland (for research activities in Scotland).

Mary-Alice Stack, CEO at Creative United, said:

“Leading on from our successes and learning from the Creative Industry Finance programme, Prosper signals another way that we can drive the growth and development of our cultural and creative sectors, and build a sustainable and resilient creative economy.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Centre for Business in Society and the Arts Marketing Association to deliver this programme, and look forward to revealing new insights into the provision and benefits of business support for the arts, museums and libraries.”

Jane Tarr, Director of Organisational Resilience and Environmental Sustainability at Arts Council England, said:

“Through the programme, we wanted to understand more about the business support our sector needs nationally and to share information about the existing offer more widely. We’re delighted Prosper will be working across the country over the next year with a wide range of cultural organisations. It’s an exciting partnership and will also help us develop future support for creative businesses of all sizes to keep growing.”

The deadline for applications to receive the free business support offered by the Prosper programme is 12pm (midday) on 31 May 2017.

A series of morning briefings have been organised around England for potential applicants to learn more about this national programme and meet the partners.

– Mon 27 March, London, The Foundling Museum, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Wed 29 March, Hull, Northern Academy of Performing Arts, 8:45am – 10:00am
– Fri 31 March, Norwich, Writers’ Centre, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Mon 3 April, Coventry, TechnoCentre, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Thu 6 April, Liverpool, Play Space, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Tue 11 April, Southampton, City Art Gallery, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Thu 13 April, Newcastle, Arts Centre, 9:45am – 11:00aM

Those interested in finding out more about the programme, how to apply, or to register to attend a morning briefing, should go to

For more information about the programme, its aims, partners and morning briefing events, please contact

Launch of U-values Heat Calculator Tool and Guide

Designed to help museums to reduce energy bills and improve building performance.

Museum Development North West (MDNW) is committed to promoting excellence, innovation, partnerships and organisational sustainability to enable museums to be resilient in challenging times.

The U-Value Guide and Heat Loss Calculator tool was produced by Arup in liaison with the Green Museums Northern Network and commissioned by MDNW using Arts Council England funding for the benefit of the museum sector.

If you are considering part refurbishment or even full capital redevelopment of your buildings, this tool and guide will help inform your decisions on the most cost-effective and appropriate ways to improve building efficiency to reduce energy use and save money. It can also help you improve environmental conditions for the protection of collections. The guide includes a number of case studies to show what can be achieved.

A U-value is a measure of how much heat is lost through a material. The lower the U-value, the less heat is lost and the better the thermal performance of your building. The guide and tool allow you to model and test different improvement initiatives, whether it be insulation or secondary glazing, to give you indicative results to highlight the most cost effective options for existing buildings.

The U-values Heat Calculator Tool and Guide, along with a handy Data Checklist form are available to download from the Environmental Sustainability section of our Publications page: Publications

You can also download its sister publication ‘Museum and Art Galleries Survival Strategies’ which is a five step guide on baselining and reducing energy use with 205 upgrade initiatives support you.

What’s In Store? A new programme to help tackle documentation backlogs

Collections Trust, in partnership with MDNW, has developed a programme for North West museums to support those struggling to resolve their documentation backlogs.

Accredited museums must have a plan to resolve their documentation backlogs (requirement 2.5). As well as best practice, documentation planning helps museums improve and enhance their records and focus resources, so that their collections can contribute to different engagement activities.

However we know that museums sometimes find this requirement confusing, for example what counts as a documentation backlog for Accreditation?

A strategic aim for Collections Trust is to ‘…work in partnership with other sector bodies to reduce significantly the number of UK museums without an appropriate inventory of their holdings.’

We have developed this pilot programme, ‘What’s In Store?’, with Museum Development North West, to work with a group of museums to develop appropriate documentation plans and get to grips with their backlogs.

The improved Inventory procedure in SPECTRUM 5.0, to be launched soon, has been developed to help museums identify and resolve their backlogs, making the requirements for Accreditation much clearer. In this programme, we will explore the minimum level of inventory information needed for each object (or group of objects), to ensure accountability. This minimum information also helps museums mitigate risks, including security, ethical and legal risks.

In our first workshop Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust, will introduce the new SPECTRUM 5.0 Inventory and Documentation Planning (previously Retrospective Documentation) procedures, and together we will identify priorities and actions for each organisation, offering support over summer 2017 to work on these. This support will take the form of remote mentoring and advice – for example your organisation might seek support to develop an appropriate documentation plan, improve the implementation of documentation procedures or work on your procedural manual.

The group will come back together in December 2017 to discuss progress, next steps and potential further support from Museum Development and Collections Trust.

The programme is for up to eight Accredited museums, able to commit to the programme as outlined below.

Outline programme:

  • 8th June 2017, 2.00pm-5.00pm, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston. An introductory workshop, to develop priorities and actions.
  • Summer 2017 – Mentoring support from Collections Trust, to work on actions set at initial workshop.
  • 1st December 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston. A follow-up workshop to discuss progress and next steps.

If you wish to participate in the programme, please complete the ‘What’s In Store?’ Expression of Interest Form and return it to Kaye Hardyman  Museum Development Officer for MDNW by the 12th May 2017.

Carbon Literacy training

Manchester Museum
4th April 2017, 9.30-4.30

Since June 2016 MDNW has been working with Manchester Museum to train the museum’s staff to become Carbon Literate. On 4th April we are running the first Carbon Literacy course which is open to all staff and volunteers from museums in the North West.

The Carbon Literacy project originated as part of Manchester City Council’s sustainability strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of the city by 41% by 2020. The aim is to give every person who works, lives or studies in Manchester (approximately 1 million people) a day’s worth of carbon literacy training.

The training gives people an understanding of what climate change is, and its effects, providing them with sufficient information to be able to make their own decisions about what they can do to reduce their own carbon footprint and that of the organisation in which they work. In the words of one of the delegates, “Carbon Literacy is about understanding what I actually need to do, where I can get help to do it, actually doing it and seeing that I’ve done it.”

As climate change is not limited to Manchester, and is an issue that will affect all museums, MDNW is now beginning to roll out the training to museums in the North West.

Book a place by visiting our eventbrite page –

Job Opportunity: My Learning

Job title: Digital Learning Officer (Leeds)
Salary details: SO1 – £25,694 to £27,394
Fixed term until 31 March 2018

We are looking for a graduate with interests in learning, the cultural sector and digital interpretation to gain experience in a competitive, challenging and hugely rewarding sector. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate who can demonstrate they have the right skills, experience and interests, great communication skills and high levels of enthusiasm.

The My Learning website is a national online cultural resource for teachers and learners, and hosts learning content  from arts, cultural and heritage organisations. Launched in 2006, the website was one of the most successful partnership projects developed with Renaissance funding. Managed by Leeds Museums and Galleries since 2011, the site has grown substantially since its initial development.

The role of the team member will include supporting the development of new learning resources on the website and form part of a project team that redevelops the website, to develop and maintain partnerships, support contributors and develop relevant social networking channels.

To find out more about the role and to apply, visit:

Should you have any questions, please contact Kate Fellows on mobile 07891 276891 or email:

Please read the job description carefully before applying for this post.

Closing date: 2 April 2017.