ABTEM late autumn seminar: Operating and conserving historic industrial & transport collections

21st November 2018, 10.30-4.30
London Museum of Water and Steam

Following on from two successful and sold out seminars launching ABTEM’s ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ this event provides an opportunity to hear more about the new document and hear case studies illustrating the issues faced by those conserving and operating and industrial transport collections.

Speakers include Paul & Joyce Jefford, case study contributors to the Guidelines, Christopher Binks from the National Railway Museum and Efstathios Tsolis who as part of the International Railway Heritage Consultancy helped compile the new document.

The event is hosted by the London Museum of Water and Steam and so there will also be case studies from John  Porter (LMWS) and Peter Turvey (Kennet & Avon Canal Trust) highlighting the issues most relevant to those operating stationary steam engines as well as the chance to look around the Museum and speak to the volunteer team there.

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting.

Tickets for the event cost £25. Register your place using Eventbrite here – and then pay for the ticket by using the link: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets/




Accreditation returns schedule published

Arts Council England (ACE) has now published the revised returns timetables following the Accreditation Review, completed in autumn 2018. Acting on feedback from the review the returns schedule has increased from three to five years so all museums will have a new return deadline during 2018-2024.

 The timetable for North West Accredited museums is here – North West Accreditation returns timetable 2018-24. To see the full national list go to www.artscouncil.org.uk/accreditation-scheme/accreditation-how-apply#section-3.

Should you wish to discuss your current position in the returns cycle please contact the Accreditation team at ACE at accreditation@artscouncil.org.uk.

The Accreditation scheme relaunches on 1st November. After that date the revised standard and guidance will available from the ACE website at www.artscouncil.org.uk/supporting-arts-museums-and-libraries/museums-accreditation-scheme. Information about the scheme, resources and regional support will also be on the Accreditation tab of the MDNW website.

Provisional award
Museums currently holding a provisional award are not included in the list because they already have a deadline for a provisional review which overrides their return deadline. These museums will be slotted back into the returns schedule, to be agreed with ACE as part of the provisional review.

Invitations and return deadlines
Museums/museum services will be invited to provide returns six months before the submission deadline. You’ll receive a letter to confirm this and invite you to reapply. Remember you don’t have to wait for your reminder letter to start preparing for your next return. Accreditation is a living framework for making sure you have appropriate governance structures in place, your collections are well managed, and the public continue to have access to your collections.

Connecting Audiences: Design Thinking for Audience Development

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2018

The Audience Agency and Goldsmiths University are launching a pioneering new programme as part of a European partnership funded by Erasmus +.

This ‘twin track’ programme brings culture professionals and post-graduate students together to develop and test strategic approaches to audience development, including an introduction to user-centred service design and action research. the programme consists of seven one-day modules at Goldsmith’s College, London, combined with in-organisation development of an action research project. Participating organisations will host students on internships and all participants will be supported by an independent mentor. On completion of the programme, participants will receive a professional certificate from Goldsmith’s University.

Find out more and register your interest here.

Collections Trust Release New Data Protection Guidance

Following the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, Collections Trust have commissioned a top data protection lawyer to produce some guidance for working with personal data in a collections management context.

The new resource, written by Kate Grimley Evans, Head of Information Law at Stone King LLP, covers aspects of data protection law that are particularly relevant to museums and the collections information they hold. 

You can read the guidance on their website here.

Researcher Opportunity: Blackpool Museum Project

Film Researcher for the Blackpool Museum Project

Blackpool Council is seeking an individual or a company to undertake film research for the AV briefs required for the development the displays within the new Blackpool Museum.

We are contacting companies who may be able to provide this service to enquire whether you wish to submit a quotation for this contract. The contract will run from appointment to December 2018.

If you wish to submit a quote for this service please provide a proposal in the format described in the briefing document.

The closing date for submission is midnight, 26 October 2018. The interview date (if required) is 31 October 2018.

Your quotation must stay open for acceptance for a period of 90 days.

Film Researcher Brief

Quotation Return Document

Museums Association Exhibition 2018

8-10 November, Belfast

The Museums Association Conference and Exhibition offers a range of content to suit all, and we are pleased to once again be offering free of charge content over the two days, covering many areas of work and making the event accessible to all.   

Registration for the exhibition is free and as well as the top rate companies who will be displaying their products and services over 8 and 9 November, visitors can expect a whole lot more…            

Exhibition seminars

A free programme of 24 seminars covering topics in the themes of: Careers; Audiences, learning and engagement; Operations; Technology and digital; and Collections, interpretation and exhibition design. These practical half hour sessions give you ideas and case studies to feed back into your work.

Festival of change

A series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all grappling with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?        

MA Hub

Meet members of the MA team, your regional and national representative, and others who work with the MA – whatever your question, feedback or idea, there will be someone there to help.               

On-stand demonstrations

See products in action during hands-on demos on exhibitor stands.              

Special offers

Discounts and offers only available at the event.        

Networks Hub

A chance to meet some of the specialist museum organisations that support the sector.                

Please click here to view full details of the seminar programme        

Please click here to see details and register

*Booked Conference delegates do not need to register for the Exhibition.

How to Run a Collections 2030 Discussion Session

The Museums Association (MA) has published guidance notes for museum professionals who are interested in running a discussion session on its major new research project, Collections 2030.

The UK-wide project seeks to identify how to make the most of museum collections over the course of the next decade. The MA has produced a discussion paper and a series of research questions and is seeking responses from across the museum sector.

Groups of museum professionals are invited to hold discussion sessions to look at the research, debate the questions and develop a collective response that can be submitted to the project.

For those interested in running a session, tips include incorporating the discussion into an existing forum, meeting or group; inviting people with a wide range of experiences and job roles to participate; ensuring everyone is familiar with the research questions in advance; and nominating a note-taker to record key points. The full guidance notes are available to download below.

The MA’s policy officer Alistair Brown said: “The response to Collections 2030 so far has been fantastic. Museums across the country are engaging with the Collections 2030 debate and really thinking about how we can make our collections empowering, relevant and dynamic.”

“The new guidance that we’re publishing today will help people to have those discussions with colleagues and provide responses the consultation. Everyone in the sector – no matter what their official role is – has a view on issues from disposal to decolonisation, so we’re looking for input and ideas from teams, departments, AMA support groups, Subject Specialist Networks, Emerging Professional Groups and more. This is a consultation for the whole sector, so we want to hear from you.”

For more information visit the MA’s website.

Job Opportunity: Curious Minds

Museum Development North West

Curious Minds is seeking 5 Youth Engagement Experts to support young people to take part in the North West’s newest heritage programme ‘Hope Streets’.

Hope Streets is a brand new, 5 year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see young people aged 11–25 revolutionise the way museums work with their peers.

It is being led by a consortium of three organisations in the North West; Curious MindsYouth Focus North West and Museum Development North West.

We are looking for 5 Youth Engagement Experts to work in each of the following areas:

  • Sefton – Merseyside
  • Bolton – Greater Manchester
  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire West and Chester

The Youth Engagement Expert will have primary responsibility for leading a local group of young people in one of the five geographical areas (or ‘Hope Hubs’) through the project. The person undertaking this role will demonstrate and model excellence…

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TEG ‘Tactile Access to Collections: Maximising Public Object Handling Opportunities’ Workshop

Museum of Liverpool
Friday, 8 February 2019, 10:30 to 16:00

 In response to demand TEG have scheduled another ‘TEG Tactile Access to Collections’ workshop to take place in Liverpool.

The  workshop combines practical and theoretical activities to help you develop opportunities for the delivery of tactile access to your collections.

What will you learn?

  • The benefits derived from handling objects
  • An overview of approaches to object handling employed in organisations of a range of scales/types
  • How accessioned collections can be safely used in a public object handling programme, including how to assess their suitability and restrictions for use
  • An introduction to policies and procedures that can support the effective provision of tactile access
  • How to plan a meaningful engagement opportunities involving object handling, using a session development matrix, learning theory and examples of good practice from other organisations
  • Confidence to facilitate tactile access to your collections, and implement a robust structure for managing an object handling programme


Who should attend?
Curatorial and learning staff who are interested to create/develop opportunities and an infrastructure for the public to handle objects from their collections.

The workshop is delivered by a TEG trainer.

This session is running in addition to the ‘TEG Tactile Access to Collections’ workshop in London on 28th November 2018. For information or to book a place on either workshop visit:
Liverpool: https://tactileaccesstocollections-liverpool.eventbrite.co.uk

London: https://teg-tactile-access-to-collections-london.eventbrite.co.uk

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Job Opportunities: Ordsall Hall, Salford

Salford Community Leisure (SCL) is committed to Building a Great Place to Work; with over 500 employees servicing more than 3 million customer visits at 40 venues across the city each year. We exist to ‘enhance the lives of people living in Salford through providing sport, leisure and cultural opportunities’.

We pride ourselves on recruiting the right people with the right values into the right roles. We are looking for professional, respectful, knowledgeable, passionate and solution driven people to join our team as we strive to deliver excellence to our customers.

Both roles will be based at Ordsall Hall, Salford’s ‘jewel in the crown,’ – a Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion house that is surrounded by 2 acres of gardens. Ordsall Hall operates as an engaging heritage site that is open to the public all year round.

Front of House Assistant
Salary/Grade: Grade 2 £16,863 (pro rata)
Working Hours: 10 hours per week
Location: Ordsall Hall, Salford
Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018

We have an exciting position available for a Front of House Assistant whose role is to act as the first point of contact for all our visitors. Manning the reception desk, working the till, answering the phone, serving in the café and engaging customers in the public areas of the Hall, this is a customer focussed role. It is central to the delivery of a first class experience to all of our visitors.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is customer focussed and enjoys working with people
  • Is able to work on the reception, café, shop and public areas at Ordsall Hall
  • Has an excellent telephone manner
  • Has a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Can assist in the set up and delivery of a range and events and functions that take place at Ordsall Hall
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

For more details see SCL Advert FOH Assistant 1018.


Heritage Facilitator
Salary/Grade: Grade 3 £17,972 (pro rata)
Working Hours: 16 hours per week
Location: Ordsall Hall
Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018

We have an exciting position available for a Heritage Facilitator whose role is to deliver formal learning sessions to a wide range of school groups, as well as more informal learning sessions (during holiday times) to a range of different audiences. Customer focussed, this post is a key part of delivering a first class experience to all of our visitors.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Takes an active role in delivering learning sessions for schools, families and community groups
  • Enjoys delivering a range of holiday activities to children and family audiences
  • Can lead group tours
  • Is customer focussed and enjoys working with people
  • Is able to work on the reception, galleries and the café at Ordsall Hall
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

For more details see SCL Advert Heritage Facilitator 1018.

If you wish to be considered for either role and join our team please return your application form to Carol Redshaw- carol.redshaw@scll.co.uk by 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018 ensuring you detail how you meet and demonstrate the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the person specification. Please note CVs will not be accepted.