Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West

Rheged Discovery Centre
Thursday 19th March
09:15 – 16:00

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce the programme for our first resilient museums biennial event. The day will be a showcase for successful projects, best practice and resilience in museums across the North West and will launch the new Strategic Improvement Fund and other Museum Development programmes for 2015-18.

The day will look at a number of strands and will be a mix of keynote presentations and breakout sessions:


09.15 – 10.15 Arrival and registration in temporary exhibition space next to Lecture Theatre

10.15 – 10.20 Welcome – Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum

10.20 – 10.30 Keynote – John Orna-Ornstein, Arts Council England

Money and Resilience Keynotes:
10.30 – 11.00 – Resilience in the museum sector,  Tamalie Newbery, Association of Independent Museums
11.00 – 11:20 – Launch of Sustainable Improvement Fund – Gordon Watson, Lakeland Arts
11.20 – 11.30 – Questions
11.30 – 11.40 Break
Health, wellbeing and volunteering Keynotes:
11.40 – 12.15 – Diverse programmes to support people with dementia and their carers – Cumbria Museums Consortium
12.15 – 12.50 – Supporting vulnerable people
12.50 – 13.00 – Questions
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch and networking
Collections and Sustainability Keynotes
13:45 – 14:15 – Sustainable collecting, Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum
14.15 – 14.30 – Panel discussion:
Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum
Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum
Philip Butler, Lancashire County Museums Service
Henry Flynn, British Museum
Pierrette Squires, Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
14.30 – 14.40 Break
Children and Young People Keynotes
14.40 – 15:15 – Museums and Schools Programme, Gill Brailey, Lancashire County Museums Service
15.15 – 15.30 – Panel discussion:
Gill Brailey, Lancashire County Museums Service
Esme Ward, The Whitworth
Jane Davies, Lancashire Infantry Museum
Kelly Allen, Curious Minds

15.30 – 16:00   Final thoughts and Panel Q and A with John Orna-Ornstein, Nick Merriman, Gordon Watson

We will publish our breakout sessions in the next few weeks but if you have any questions please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer –

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Tools of the Trade – Feedback Wanted

With funding from Arts Council England, the Social History Curators Group have produced a series of films to help you identify tools in your collection. The experts in these films pick out some of the most commonly found tools, explain what they are and give a practical demonstration of how they were used. They can be viewed here Please tell us what you think about the Tools of the Trade films.  To be included in the formal evaluation, please complete this form by 13 March 2015.

You’re invited to fill out the form Tools of the Trade Feedback – museum professionals. To fill it out, visit:

PhD opportunity – The Visual and Material Culture of the Co-operative Movement 1844-2014

Manchester Metropolitan University PhD research studentship with MIRIAD (Art and Design) and ESRI (Education)

The Research Centres MIRIAD (Art and Design) and ESRI (Education) are seeking high quality applications for this AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. The project is a collaboration between MIRIAD, ESRI and the National Co-operative Archive at the Co-operative College, Manchester.

The successful candidate will be supervised by academic staff from Manchester School of Art and the Faculty of Education, and a member of the Co-operative College. Trained in art/design/education or a related discipline, you will have substantial skills, at least to Masters level or equivalent. Cross-disciplinary approaches and the desire to play a role in bridging the gaps between industry and academic research are important components to this project.

It is vital you take ownership of the project, so you should develop your own research proposal within the general framework set out below. You should pay close attention to the guidelines for applicants. Before you make a formal application please contact Professor Jim Aulich to discuss your proposal (

Closing date 1 May 2015, interviews in the last two weeks of May.

For further details please visit

Museum Intern (paid): Rochdale Pioneers Museum

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is offering an exciting six month paid internship (30 hours per week). This post is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting and developing their career in the Museum sector. You will be part of a small, friendly team and will learn a range of skills.

The main purpose of the role is to assist and support the Museum Manager and Museum Officers in ensuring that the visitor experience at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is of the highest possible quality, including greeting visitors and assisting in the delivery of tours and workshops. The intern will also be responsible for developing and marketing museum events programme.

This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. The Creative Employment Programme is an Arts Council England fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. You can find out more at:

There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and must live in Rochdale Borough which includes Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow, Newhey and Wardle.

The Co-operative Heritage Trust/Co-operative College is an equal opportunities employer, who is actively seeking to employ people currently under-represented in the creative and cultural sector. This includes young people, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

If you have any questions about the post please contact Jenny Mabbott, Museum Manager / 01706 524920.

Visit for a job description, personal specification and application form.

Application forms must be sent to by 12 noon on Monday 9 March.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West

Rheged Discovery Centre
Thursday 19th March
09:15 – 16:00

The programme is finalised. The delegate packs have been ordered. The name badges are being printed.

It seems like years ago since we decided to do a small event sharing good news stories from around the region and it has since snowballed into our largest event to date. We’ve got 23 great speakers from around the region talking about a wide variety of topics, from working with numismatic collections to running a social enterprise café. Collection reviews to partnership working. This event will also launch the next round of our Sustainable Improvement Fund and give you the opportunity to question experts from across the sector.

To see a full list of keynote sessions visit the event page and to book please visit our eventbrite page

For more information please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer –

Resilience – How to cope with relentless change in torrid times

The Whitworth, Manchester
Friday 19th June
10:00 – 12:00 OR 14:00 – 16:00

Health Education North West, North West Employers and Voluntary Sector North West are jointly celebrating and promoting this annual, national learning campaign -Adult Learners’ Week- because they believe learning is good for people, organisations and the region. So they will be pulling together a diverse programme of activities to both focus attention on the value of adult learning and to provide ample opportunity for anyone to give learning a go.

They are especially pleased to start this year’s proceedings with an announcement of a very special collaboration with the best- selling, international author Liggy Webb and the Manchester Partnership (Manchester City Galleries, Manchester Museum and  The Whitworth). Liggy will be joining them on Friday 19 June to deliver, not one but two, FREE resilience masterclasses at the newly refurbished, amazing Whitworth Art Gallery, overlooking the park.

Bookings for the two workshops 10am –12pm and 2-4pm on Friday 19 June are made through Eventbrite at

Liggy Webb specialises in human resilience. She works with a range of organisations including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and various public and private sector organisations in the UK. Liggy is also the founding director of The Learning Architect, an international consortium of behavioural skills specialists. She is recognised as a thought leader on resilience and is regularly asked to be a keynote speaker across industry

Liggy’s latest book Resilience – How to cope when everything around you keeps changing- is a practical and accessible guide for coping with change and offers advice on how to cultivate the right attitude and inner strength. This book will provide the basis for both workshops on 19 June. You can expect a highly participative, inspiring and thought provoking experience which will leave you motivated to do more .In just two hours Liggy Webb will help workshop participants to develop personal resilience strategies so that you can build your own toolkit of resources for coping with challenging and changing times.

Key content includes how to:

•          Be more resilient and confident
•          Cope better with challenges and change
•          Think more positively and optimistically
•          Manage your emotions and stress levels
•          Take personal responsibility and succeed.

If you would like more information on the learning festival or you want to get involved please email . Bookings for the two workshops will go live on 2 February through Eventbrite. First come first served.

REACH Exemption Certificates

Here is something of interest to museums.

Registration Evaluation Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Article 67 (1) and annex XVII Entry 6, prohibits the placing on the market of articles to which asbestos fibres have been intentionally added.

The REACH Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations 2013 grants the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the powers to issue an exemption from the prohibition imposed by REACH, for asbestos-containing articles which were installed and/or in service before 1 January 2005, subject to a set of conditions to be applied to the exemption certificate to ensure a high level of protection of human health.

An exempting authority may issue a certificate exempting a person or class of persons from the prohibition in relation to:

  • an activity or a class of activities
  • an asbestos-containing article or class of such articles

HSE will only grant an exemption where there is a valid justification for the requirement of an exemption and if it can be demonstrated that a high level of protection of human health can be ensured.

Further information on the application process is available on the HSE page.

Talking a Different Language: How to…. Understand and Convey Your Museum’s Security Requirements

Abbot Hall, Kendal
Thursday 5th March 2015
10:00 – 15:45

Places still available

Museums have a duty to provide adequate protection for their collections and buildings but security can be a complex subject for the non-specialist, involving changing legislation, unfamiliar terminology and working with suppliers who may not be familiar with the specific requirements of a museum. How do you know what you should put in place and how do you ensure your museum’s needs are met?
Led by David Young, an experienced museum security advisor, the day will cover:

– Arts Council England security requirements

– Understanding how an intruder alarm system operates

– The front of house dilemma – security role or engaging with visitors?

– The daily life of a building – when are collections most at risk?

– Specifying security systems

– What to consider when installing/upgrading CCTV

– Roles and responsibilities of security companies

– Demystifying terminology

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Giving to Heritage

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

Sometimes we all need a bit of help to get ahead, so when it comes to Fundraising for your museum or heritage organisation, having support and guidance from Fundraising professionals can prove extremely worthwhile.

Knowing how to spot opportunities to diversify your income, cultivating a wide donor base and understanding how to create strong fundraising strategies will help to improve your organisations resilience now and in the future.

If you are solely in charge of fundraising for your organisation – or even if you are part of a larger fundraising team – the new schedule of Giving to Heritage training and workshops from The Heritage Alliance will enhance your skills and give you the confidence you need to conquer your fundraising objectives.


“The Giving to Heritage fundraising training programme is designed to help museums and other heritage organisations develop skills in areas of fundraising with which they may not be…

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AIM and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

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

AIM members can now benefit from a range of discounted training courses that have been created to help museums and arts organisations become more effective in their fundraising. The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy training programme is now available to all AIM members across the UK and has been developed and is led by the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium.

This innovative programme has been funded through Catalyst by Arts Council England to enable people involved in fundraising to become more confident in ‘making the ask’ and the programme provides useful training opportunities for all levels of expertise from fundraising novices to seasoned professionals.


“The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme provides the chance to learn new skills and meet other professionals in the sector who are tackling the same fundraising challenges,” said Matt Carwardine – Palmer, Marketing Consultant to Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.

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Lancashire Skills Support

Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) is a £5.6m programme launched in September 2014 that funds accredited workplace courses and training for businesses and their employees.

LSS has been brought together by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and overseen by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The programme will be delivered by some of the county’s leading further education and training providers. Hundreds of accredited college courses and qualifications from entry level up to and including level 4 are available to employees, along with specialist sector courses and bespoke training packages.

The aim of LSS is to:

  • Enhance the skills of the county’s workforce by supporting 3,817 employees aged 19 and over who are working in small or medium sized businesses with a workforce of up to 250 employees.
  • Respond to local skills priorities as articulated by Lancashire’s business community.
  • Help businesses across the county achieve their growth aspirations by up skilling their workforce.
  • Help make Lancashire the place for growth.

Eligible businesses will also receive a free training needs analysis.

While not exclusive, the following groups have been identified as priority sectors:

  • Aerospace
  • Advanced engineering and manufacturing
  • Energy, environment and low carbon
  • Financial and professional services
  • Creative and digital
  • Leisure, tourism and visitor economy
  • Health occupations
  • Professional, scientific and technical occupations

Businesses throughout the Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen local authority areas are eligible for LSS.

LSS will run until July 2015 – with places allocated to businesses on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information and to apply, click here.


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