Job Opportunity: SHARE Museums East

Museums Partnership Officer
Salary – £26,470 – £28,221
Closing date – Midday, Thursday 3rd January


Are you looking for an opportunity to help develop the museums of Cambridgeshire? Could you nurture partnerships across a diverse museum community, seek funding for and manage multi-museum projects?

We are looking for an experienced museum professional to continue our countywide advice and support service to over twenty independent Accredited museums, working to an activity plan agreed between SHARE Museums East and Museums in Cambridgeshire. We need someone with expertise across the full range of museum functions including governance, business and resilience development, collections management and public services. They will need to represent the County Council and provide expert advice on all museum matters to Council colleagues and elected members as required.

The person we are looking for will be educated to Key Skill Level 4, be well organised and have experience of applying for external funding and managing projects. They will be able to advocate to and engage successfully with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as represent the independent museum sector at a strategic level. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use standard office IT systems, as well as to travel freely across the County and to work flexibly.

For more info and details on how to apply click here.


Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu Annual Report

From Arts Council England:

The Cultural Gifts Scheme is steadily becoming an important part of the UK’s cultural philanthropic landscape. Since the Scheme’s introduction in 2013, just under 40 cultural gifts have been accepted, which have resulted in nearly £16 million-worth of important cultural property being brought into UK public collections. 2017/18 saw a typically diverse range of cultural gifts accepted for public collections, from a striking portrait believed to be of Italian strongman and adventurer ‘The Great Belzoni’ and a rare Gainsborough pastel to contemporary works by Young British Artists from the collection of Frank & Lorna Dunphy and five early works by contemporary British artist Mark Wallinger.

Acceptance in Lieu continues to play a vital role in enriching the UK’s public collections. Highlights from 2017/18 include a masterpiece by one of the leading Dutch Golden Age painters, Jacob van Ruisdael; two portraits by one of Britain’s greatest painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud; important material from the collection of award-winning film-maker Lord Attenborough; and the archive of the poet and literary critic Robert Bridges which includes the correspondence and literary manuscripts of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The list of first-time allocatees continues to grow. The White House Cone Museum of Glass in Stourbridge, currently undergoing a major development thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will house one of the finest collections of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century glass in the world and will make the ideal home for the Pilkington glass collection. Lord Attenborough’s papers have been allocated to the University of Sussex, an institution with which the late film director had a 40-year association. Other first-time allocatees include the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, the Fashion Museum, Bath, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, and the Royal Academy, London.

For more information visit the ACE website.

The Sandford Award for Heritage Education

The Sandford Award recognises and celebrates museums, galleries and historic sites that provide high quality heritage learning. Now in its 40th year over 500 sites have received this prestigious quality mark from sites small and large, and run by national institutions and local authorities to volunteers and private owners. The award is non-competitive and is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University. It is independently judged by a panel of heritage sector experts and applicants receive a detailed consultancy report as part of the judging process.

Hear what Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces has to say about the award.

To find out more and to download the application form, criteria and judging information click here or contact

Deadline for entries is Friday 15th February.

A History of the North in 100 Objects Exhibition Wins Award

A History of the North in 100 Objects has won the Exhibition of the Year Award at this year’s Northern Soul Awards. The awards were created in 2017 to celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, galleries, restaurants, publishers and many other projects and companies.

Prizes were awarded in 14 categories with a special accolade for the ‘Northern Soul’ of the Year. Entries were so strong that our judges awarded a number of Highly Commended Awards and made Special Mentions in several categories.

The exhibition was part of this year’s Great Exhibition of the North and celebrated the story of the North through museum collections.

Curious About Working with Schools?

Wednesday 13th February
The Whitworth, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00

Led by Curious Minds, this event is designed to deepen the understanding of arts and cultural professionals about the education landscape. A workshop session to explore a number of questions … How are recent changes to national policy influencing the ability of schools to say yes to the arts? How have schools networks changed across the NW? What pressure, priorities and funding issues affect the way schools engage with arts organisations and how can you support schools with these challenges? What programmes (such as Artsmark Partnership,Programme Arts Award Supporter) exist to help cultural organisations build relationships with schools?

A great day of CPD for staff from your schools, education or learning teams who are new to schools work or any staff who feel they need a refresher.

Refreshments and lunch will be served on the day.

For more information and to book a ticket click here.

Train the Trainer Workshop

Thursday 24th January
Museum of Wigan Life
10:00 – 15:00

After a number of requests for a Train the Trainer Workshop we’re pleased to be able to announce the next workshop in our Responsive Programme.

This course is ideal for those who are required to effectively train employees, colleagues or clients in an interesting, engaging, brain-friendly and confident manner, in a way that is practical, and which will help those attending to gain new skills, knowledge and understanding. In an environment where organisations are having to do more with less, and where the training budget is stretched to the limit, developing existing staff so that they can take on the role of ‘in-house’ trainer, makes good sense.

By the end of this workshop, through small group activities, whole group exercises and practical sessions, delegates should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding and appreciation of the following topics:

  • The qualities & traits of an excellent trainer
  • How to create an effective learning environment – physical & psychological aspects
  • The characteristics of adult learners and how they differ from children
  • Different learning styles and how best to match these to the learner
  • Knowing your learners – personality traits
  • Motivational considerations – what to do when someone doesn’t want to be at the training course, conscripts v volunteers?
  • Communication skills [language, body language and active listening]
  • Barriers to effective learning
  • Managing expectations, challenging behaviour and difficult learners
  • Training methods – active v passive, trainer-centred v trainee-centred
  • Training strategies – strengths & weaknesses of each
  • Effective questioning skills – open, rhetorical, echo, confirming
  • Using training aids – pros & cons
  • Key components of a training plan
  • Aims, objectives and how to write them in an observable and measurable manner [Bloom’s Taxonomy]
  • Effectively ending the training session – your last chance to make a positive impression
  • Training evaluation techniques and how best to gain feedback about your training session

Whilst all our training is underpinned by the latest research and theory, we very much believe in adult learning principles, and as such our training courses are very practical, yet enjoyable. We typically use a range of strategies to encourage delegate involvement in their own learning, including small group discussion, theatre, debate, nominal group technique, role play and case study. We guarantee that our training is highly interactive and never a stand and deliver presentation.

All delegates receive a certificate of completion, together with extensive course notes, a copy of the PP slides, a reading list and the course booklet.

To book a place, please visit our eventbrite page.

About the Trainer

Sandy Keating BAdVT; BEd; MEdTD; DipEd

Sandy’s been with ACM from the start and leads our organisational development workshops. A passionate trainer, her background is in education, training trainers and vocational education and she taught adult learners for more than 25 years and is a passionate advocate of adult learning principles.


Live Twitter Q&A session from Collections Trust

With the launch of Spectrum 5 last year and the recently revised Accreditation standard, many museums will be taking the opportunity to review the three P’s; policies, plans and procedures.  One of these should be the documentation procedural manual.

As well as being a requirement of Accreditation, a museum’s procedural manual is a vital tool to standardise how information is captured and used. However these manuals are often neglected over time; becoming out of date or invisible to new staff and volunteers. Collections Trust are keen to help change this!

If you’re creating or updating your manual and have questions, Collections Trust are hosting a live

Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 12 December from 12-1pm. Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer, will be on hand to answer all your queries. Tune in @CollectionsTrust

You can also find the latest guidance here.

Bursaries For The Association for Cultural Enterprises Conference 2019

The Association for Cultural Enterprises is offering five free bursary places for smaller museums for their ACE2019 Conference & Trade Show in Brighton on 28th February & 1st March.

The bursaries cover two full days’ attendance, including all conference sessions, refreshments and Gala Dinner, accommodation and travel. They are available to organisations that are Full Members of the Association and received fewer than 50,000 visitors in the last full year.

Museums + Heritage Awards 2019 open for entry!

From Museums + Heritage:

Something for everyone! There are 14 different categories to choose from, including the NEW category Partnership of the Year supported by Arts Council England, offering an opportunity for everyone, regardless of the scale or size of project and budget.  Cost-effectiveness is at the heart of these awards as is creativity and resourcefulness and we welcome entries from everyone. Have you got some great volunteers? Take a look at the FREE to enter Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in association with AIM, which gives this sector the chance to honour and celebrate the invaluable volunteers! So, if you work in a local authority museum, a national or independent museum, a gallery or a heritage or cultural visitor attraction or perhaps you are a supplier to this sector, this is your chance to have your hard work recognised.

Give yourself the very best chance for success by watching our 2 minute video on How to Compile Your Entry and also get Top Tips from Chair of the 2019 Judging Panel Diane Lees, Director General of the Imperial War Museum.

Find out more here.

Deadline for entries is Friday 1st February 2019. Could you join the Awards Hall of Fame?

Consultancy Opportunity: The University of Nottingham Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum wishes to work with a nationally recognised museum consultant in order to provoke objective discussion and challenge thinking and working methods. The consultancy will:

1)      Undertake a Review of the Museums work

2)      Examine the role of the Museum within the University and wider regional and national Museum sector

3)      Explore and demonstrate different strategies for its continued sustainable development within the University aligning to internal and external strategies

For full brief and application process click here.

Closing date: Monday 10th December; Interview date: afternoon of Tuesday 18th December

Work to be completed by 1 March 2019

Resources: 23 days at £500 plus VAT per day. To include consultation in Nottingham and with other regional and national partners/stakeholders; desk based research; report writing and delivery to Boards. Separate budget for travel, accommodation and work with focus groups.

Application: Letter and CV emailed to Dr Clare Pickersgill (Museum Keeper):