Expression of interest for AIM Biffa Award History Makers

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) are now accepting Expressions of Interest for a new round of Biffa Award History Makers grants until 14 December. Receive up to £75,000 to tell the story of your historical figure, inspiring and educating the visitors of today.

Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with AIM to share their project idea and strengthen their application. 

For information about eligibility and to apply to the grant, please click here.

DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin

DCMS has published its latest Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin following yesterday’s government announcement on the new tiered system once the current lockdown ends on 2nd December. 

Museums in Tiers 1 and 2 will be able to re-open, museums in Tier 3 must remain closed. Click here for the full bulletin – Coronavirus bulletin 20201123

Dogs in Museums Survey

Development Partners are trying to find out how many museums and heritage sites welcome dogs and have a short survey about the issue.

Over a quarter of UK households own a dog and a third of owners say they’d rather not go on holiday if they can’t take their dog with them. And with 40% of UK dog owners expecting to take their dogs on holiday at least twice a year, there are plenty of dogs on the move.

Ultimately, Development Partners are looking at how to generate more visits by promoting Dogs in Museums to the UK’s dog-loving holidaymakers.

For for information and to complete the survey, please click here.

Job Opportunities: Ribble Steam Railway

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum in Preston have the advertised the following three opportunities.

Job title: Research and Interpretation Assistant Cultural Heritage Project (CHP)
Salary: £4452 including VAT and expenses (approx. 14 weeks / 371 hours / 53 days work)
Location: Based in own office, some travel will be required
Hours: 26.5 hrs per week from early December 2020 to March 2021
Contract: Fixed-term contract until Mid-March 2021
Closing date: Sunday 29th November Midnight
Interview date: 7th/8th December 2020
Start Date: 14th December 2020

For more information about this role and to apply, please click here.

Job title: Digital Communications Assistant Cultural Heritage Project (CHP)
Salary: £3108 including VAT and expenses (approx. 14 weeks/ 259 hours / 37 days work)
Location: Based in own office, some travel will be required
Hours: 18.5 hrs per week from December 2020 to March 2021
Contract: fixed-term contract until Mid-March 2021
Closing date: Sunday 29th November 2020, Midnight
Interview dates: 7th/8th December 2020
Project commences: 14th December 2020

For more information about this role and to apply, please click here.

Consultant Opportunity: Equality and Diversity Project
Project:  Equality and Diversity Project
Fee: £3000 including VAT and expenses
Location: Based in own office, some travel to the Preston site will be required
Contract:  Jan 2021 – 15 March 2021.
Deadline for applications : Sun 29 November 5pm
Interviews will be held: 10/11 December
Appointment of Selected Consultant: December 2020
Project Commences: 1 January 2020 and concludes – 25 March 2021

For more information about this role and to apply, please click here.

Creative Engagement with Dinosaurs and Nature – CPD event

SMILE (Science in Museums Inspiring Learning and Engagement) are hosting an online CPD event entitled Creative Engagement with Dinosaurs and Nature.

This free event will be online from 1pm – 3.45pm on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

In this event you will be able to:

  • Learn about the impact of partnerships between regional museums and the Natural History Museum through Dippy on Tour.
  • Meet palaeontologist Dr Dean Lomax to find out about which dinosaurs roamed the British Isles and get tips on how to identify fossils.
  • Discover how Dippy has been used to inspire people to get involved and actively engaged with science and the environment.
  • Find out more about science engagement and learning opportunities with fossils and nature from Museums across the North West.
  • Network to share expertise and science learning ideas.

For more information and to book your place, please click here.

This event has been organised by Alex McLeman from Bolton Library & Museums Service with the support of Museums Development North West

MDNW Workshop – Critical Conversations: Co-curating with Communities

9th December 2020
10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm

Led by Verity Smith, this two-part online workshop is designed to build confidence and skills in working with communities. It will include:

  • How to run focus groups and understand what visitors want
  • What does co-production look like on a small scale?
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners
  • Capturing oral histories

The workshop will provide delegates with practical skills and guidance on how to work with communities to tell new stories. The case studies featured will look at representing and providing a voice to different audiences, and how to do this effectively with limited time and resources.

Priority for places will be given to staff and volunteers from Accredited museums in the North West, or those which are recognised as working towards Accreditation.

The workshop is split into two parts and delegates are expected to attend both sessions. To book a place click here.

Verity Smith has worked for several national and local authority museums within the fields of collections research, exhibition and interpretation, community engagement and volunteer management over the last 11 years. A graduate of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Verity has regularly returned to the department since gaining her MA in 2012 as a visiting lecturer, teaching on the Histories and Heritage module. Since 2018, Verity has worked as a Freelance Museum Curator and Writer. She is the current Chair of the Social History Curators Group and represents the network on the Subject Specialist Network (SSNs) Consortium.

This workshop was originally scheduled for May 2020 as a face-to-face event as part of our Enriching Collections programme and has been redesigned as a stand-alone online workshop.

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but please check the original source for any updates.

Most of the relevant news is already included in the DCMS Museums & Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin published on 16th November – Coronavirus bulletin 20201116. Anything additional, or updates to the information contained in the DCMS bulletin, is listed below. 

Latest government information
Latest information and advice (20th November)

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (13th November)
Updated guidance on how to safely involve volunteers in your museum during the pandemic.

Art Fund Join Together for Museums (19th November)
Art Fund has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £1m to support museums affected by Covid-19.

Arts Council England
National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants are open for applications. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for.

Thriving Communities Fund
The Thriving Communities Fund is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19. It will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects, including those involving museums, that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

Grants are available from £25,000 to £50,000; application deadline is 8th January 2021.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Project funding will resume in November 2020
Beginning 25th November, NLHF will resume accepting applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. They will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

From 8th February 2021, NLHF will resume accepting applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m.

Association of Independent Museums – AIM Hallmarks Grants
A new round of AIM’s Hallmarks grants has been launched; this year grants of up to £10,000 are available to support AIM members address the new Tackling Inequality Hallmark. Deadline 31st January 2021.

Reports & surveys
Museum Freelance – freelancers are invited to complete a survey to find out the impact of Covid-19 on the museum freelance community. It closes on 30th November.
Curious Minds – From Curious In A Crisis to Curious In Recovery, documenting the work Curious Minds has done reaching out to the sector during the pandemic.
Insights Alliance – Following on from the After the Interval and Act 2 surveys the Insights Alliance now has a number of pieces of further analysis based on or including the Act 2 data:

It is also running a webinar, Culture Restart October 2020 Findings on Thursday 26th November, 2pm-3.15pm, covering the initial findings from its new Culture Restart audience tracker, looking at how audiences feel about returning to live events and their attitude to digital alternatives, helping organisations to plan for the future. This research builds on its After the Interval and Act 2 surveys – it is free for cultural organisations to take part.

To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Job Opportunity: Wordsworth Grasmere

Job OpportunityWordsworth Grasmere
Job title: Traineeship (Collections, Education, Visitor Experience)

Salary: National Minimum Wage/Living Wage if age 25+
Location: Grasmere, Cumbria, UK
Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: Fixed Term Contract for 11 months, starting 1 March 2021
Closing date: Monday 14th December at 9AM GMT

From Wordsworth Grasmere:

We are now recruiting for our 2021 Traineeship Programme!

We are looking for a Collections Trainee, Education Trainee and Visitor Experience Trainee to join us for an 11 month Traineeship, starting 1 March 2021.

Our Traineeship programme provides an all-round experience of working in an historic house and museum in a paid, full-time role, and aims to equip you with the skills you need to take the next step in your career.

The Traineeship is open to everyone, and we encourage everyone to apply. You don’t need to have specific qualifications or experience, nor do you need to know all about Wordsworth! We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about heritage and learning, committed to self-development, and who will benefit from the training opportunities we have to offer.

We believe that diversity and equality within our workplace, within our programmes and in our outlook is crucial. We also believe in the fairness and necessity of offering equal opportunities to all. This is what we are working towards. We are determined to redress the balance of inequality by providing a set of skills, learning experiences and space to build the representation that is currently missing within the heritage sector. We therefore particularly welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented in the museums and heritage sector, including black and minority ethnic candidates, candidates from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and/or candidates with a disability.

To find out more about each role, and to apply, please click here.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Launching Your Museum Career – 21 Nov

The Museums Association are hosting an online event aimed at students and people seeking to work in museums, who want to find out more about their options and learn how they can have a positive impact in their career.

The event will be held on Zoom on 21 November 2020, between 1400-1700.

Note the event is only open to MA members. It will be recorded and made available on the MA website after the event.

For more information and to book a place, please click here.

Trustee Opportunity: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Trustee Opportunity: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (Manchester Historic Buildings Trust)
Job title: Trustee with Visitor Economy knowledge and experience
Salary: voluntary
Location: n/a
Hours: Attendance at evening board meetings and other relevant events or meetings.
Contract: n/a
Closing date: 14 December 2020

The Board of Trustees at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester is looking for someone with proven marketing and visitor economy skills to join the Board and take a leading role in assisting the House Manager to pursue appropriate marketing opportunities and to help develop new audiences.

For more information on this role please click here.