Sustainable Improvement Fund 2017

We are pleased to announce that the next round of our Sustainable Improvement Fund is now open. The Fund is a major part of the Museum Development North West Programme (MDNW). This Programme embraces the Arts Council’s five strategic goals set out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in museums in the North West.

North West Accredited museums can bid to the Sustainable Improvement Fund to experiment and trial new ideas to strengthen sustainability and resilience. The Fund can help you develop new ways of working, partnerships and business models. It can provide funding for simple projects that can make a big difference in what you do or how you do things; or for more ambitious projects where you want to explore or test ideas in order to develop more substantial funding bids from other sources.

The Fund reflects the North West’s commitment to partnership working: it supports museums to continue to work together, and to develop creative relationships with cultural organisations, as well as with a wide range of external partners.

Applicants must submit an expression of interest form before submitting the full application, and you are strongly advised to contact one of the MDNW team before submitting and expression of interest. Deadlines for the 2017-18 programme and other details are outlined in the guidance document below.

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Ready to Borrow funding – surgery dates announced

Earlier this year we announced details of Arts Council England’s grant programme for museums to borrow loans for display and to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme. The programme was announced early to give sufficient lead in time for museums to approach nationals and Major Partner Museums to request loans.

£132,000 has been allocated for museums in the North West in 2017-18 and the funding will be distributed through MDNW. A single museum can apply for a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £50,000. A consortium of museums can apply for a maximum of £80,000.

The funding must be used for exhibitions and displays which include loans from one or more of the following, in order of priority:

  • national museums and Major Partner Museums
  • other Accredited museums in the UK
  • publicly-funded museums overseas

The loan(s) must be confirmed between the borrowing and lending organisations prior to application to this fund.

To apply for “Ready to Borrow” funding you MUST attend one of the surgeries held by the MDNW team for advice and guidance before submitting an application. We will not accept applications from museums that have not attended. The surgeries are:

3rd July 2017
Salford Museum & Art Gallery

12th July 2017
Lancaster City Museum

19th July 2017
Norton Priory

Each surgery will run from 10am to 12.30pm. To book your place at a surgery, please complete this form. We will confirm your surgery slots nearer the time once we know how many people are attending each day.

For further details on eligibility and timescales, refer to the ACE Ready to Borrow guidance 2017-18 and the ACE Ready to Borrow Application Form. Please read through these before contacting one of the team for advice.

Touring Exhibition Group Workshops

BEGINNING TO TOUR AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
Monday 6th February 2017 10.30 – 16.30
 
TEG’s Beginning to Tour seminar takes participants through the key stages of planning and delivering touring exhibitions. The seminar explores the perspective of both the producer of the exhibition and hiring venue, shares up-to-date examples of best practice and provides valuable networking opportunities.

‘The insight into real life documents and reports was really useful. This seminar far exceeded my expectations. Thank you.’ Judith Liddle, Edinburgh Printmakers

Very informative and useful course, wonderful networking opportunities, very relaxed and learning-friendly environment’ Sivan Amar, Tate

Our next seminar will take place at the Design Museum, London on 6 February from 10.30 – 16.30. The cost of this seminar is £45 for TEG members and £70 for non-members. 

Book your place at this seminar here

NEW PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WORKSHOPS

In response to feedback from our Economics of Touring Exhibitions research and seminars TEG has developed a new partnership agreement workshop.

The workshop will focus on devising an agreement for small to medium scale projects, which involve the collaboration of two or more partners, to develop and deliver a collaborative exhibition, event or programme. 

Aimed at managers, the workshop will use TEG’s new template partnership agreement as its starting point and look at the key content to include and different ways to reach an agreement. It will also be an opportunity to network with other professionals interested in touring and partnership work. 

The cost of this workshop is just £20 for TEG members and £30 for non-members. 

Two workshop dates are available to book now:

Yorkshire Museum, York, 23 January 2017 11.00 – 16.00

Wellcome Collection, London, 27 February 2017 11.00 – 16.00 

Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme

2017-2018 Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL) – a unique year-long development course fully funded by Arts Council England.

Described as ‘life changing’, it is designed to help you become a cultural leader for the 21st Century, resilient and entrepreneurial.

Participants receive £7,500 worth of development training, comprising:

  • A 5 day overseas study visit to museums in a country of your choice
  • 2 x 3 day residential workshops
  • 8 workshops and masterclasses on leadership, governance, finance, skills and models
  • An online leadership resource bank
  • A personal mentor
  • A personal programme learning log for your MRL year
  • The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It puts this learning at your disposal in inspirational settings.

To find out more visit the MRL website:  www.museumresilience.com, or call MRL’s Directors now:  Stephen Feber 07515 338535 Nick Winterbotham 07775 774539.

To apply for the Programme, go to: 

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MRL20172018

Applications are open until 5.00pm on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Entrepreneurship in Cultural Heritage Workshop

2nd February 2017
Fazeley Studios, Birmingham
£45.00
Over recent years the heritage sector has been hit by cumulative cut-backs in public sector funding, reductions in visitor spend and increasing competition for visitors. At the same time, a multitude of new opportunities continue to emerge relating to technological innovation, new audiences and communication networks and new management approaches. In the context of this developing landscape for the heritage sector, this workshop explores the increasing need for museums and heritage organisations to become ever more entrepreneurial in their approach in order to increase their resilience to the changing environment and also to identify ways and means to build profile, audiences, income and opportunities to communicate the heritage at their heart.

Through presentations by speakers who, in different ways, are involved with innovative approaches to the heritage and museums sector and through discussion, this workshop aims to identify some of the more entrepreneurial management practices of the heritage sector and to explore challenges and opportunities for future entrepreneurial actions.

Key Themes:

  • Working towards resilience
  • Partner working outside of the heritage sector
  • The role of the creative industries
  • Going global
  • Building audiences and income

Speakers include:

Professor Mike Robinson – Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage
Dr Chris Ferguson – Auckland Castle
Harvey Edgington – National Trust
Traci Dix-Williams – Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Colin Chester – The National Gallery
Tony Trehy – Bury Art Museum
Elliot Goodger – Birmingham Museums Trust Enterprise Committee
Professor Kiran Trehan – Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development

For more information and to book a place visit the event page.

Organised by the Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with West Midlands Museum Development

Introduction to Fundraising Workshop

Museum Development North West

Thursday 12th January 2017
People’s History Museum, Manchester
12:00 – 17:00
FREE

This intensive and engaging workshop draws on materials from the National Arts Fundraising School, offering a taster of Europe’s leading fundraising development opportunity. During the course you’ll be introduced to key strategic tools to help shape the unique fundraising value proposition of your organisation and communicate it effectively to a range of donors. You’ll also gain advice on building an impactful case for support, identifying which of the five key fundraising streams is best fitted to your needs. Finally, we’ll help you understand how to organise your ideas into a bold strategy using the =mc seven stage model.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

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The Future of Volunteering – Volunteer Makers: North West Seminar

Volunteer Makers is a pioneering model – developed with museums – to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing volunteer landscape.

It blends volunteering with public participation, audience development, marketing and digital to grow, manage and inspire a wider, more diverse and active support community for your museum.

Volunteer Makers supports and enhances traditional volunteering models while expanding your ability to connect to all of your potential supporters and build new audiences.

Our programme is supported by Arts Council England and is open to all accredited museums.

Seminar topics:

Our seminar will introduce you to Volunteer Makers model, including:

  • Developing an effective organisation-wide approach to engaging volunteers
  • The long tail – how to target hard to reach volunteers
  • Beyond volunteering – how everyone who connects to you can become a volunteer
  • Value exchange – how to get the next generation of volunteers on your side
  • Different voices – increasing diversity in your supporter base
  • Get connected – how technology can increase engagement

Aims:

  • To inspire and support museums to maximise impact of their engagement with volunteers
  • To encourage leadership and workforce in museums to be creative and highly skilled in their strategic volunteer engagement thinking
  • Recruit museums for continued one-to-one training as part of our ACE funded national training programme (October 2016 to March 2018).

Who is this seminar for:

  • Museum leadership
  • Curators
  • Learning
  • Audience development
  • Marketing / Digital
  • Volunteer managers/co-ordinators

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Creative Case & Power Through Diversity

From Creative case NORTH / Zendeh:

Creative Case – Case Studies

In November 2016 we delivered Creative Case workshops in Gateshead, Manchester and York, focusing on supporting arts and cultural organisations considering applying to the Arts Council England 2018 – 22 National Portfolio.

Those who attended the workshops fed back that they found the case study examples of the Creative Case in action extremely useful in informing their approach to the Creative Case for Diversity.

For this reason, we would like to share with you the case studies from eight Creative Case NORTH Bursaries that were awarded to National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums in January 2016.

The bursaries provided these organisations with time, space and resource to look at how they develop their contribution to the Creative Case within their programming, collections and curatorial practice.  We’ve made the case studies of their activity available for you to download from the ZENDEH blog. Please note that it is recommended that you access the case studies via Google Chrome.

‘Power Through Diversity 12 December 2016

On Monday 12 December Arts Council England are holding a free one-day conference in Manchester.  ‘Power Through Diversity’ aims to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity in the sector.

Arts Council have informed us that tickets for the event are now sold out, but they will be live streaming it on their website.  Their agenda for the day has been published and is available here, and the live stream will be available from 11am – 5pm on Monday 12 December via the Arts Council England website.

Creative Case NORTH Focus 2017 – 18

Creative Case NORTH is a sector-led consortium formed in 2013 with the aim of supporting colleagues across the arts and cultural sector to engage with, explore, and share learning around the Creative Case for Diversity.  The work of the consortium is facilitated by ZENDEH and supported by Arts Council England.

Our activity is overseen and developed by the 15 members of our Steering Group who, along with our 29 Critical Friends are drawn from across the arts and cultural sector and the North area.  Our delivery to date has involved a series of learning exchange commissions, artistic responses to the Creative Case, and regional and national events, with our most recent programme of activity developed and delivered in partnership with Museum Development North East, North West and Yorkshire.

We are currently looking ahead to our 2017-18 programme of activity, which will be developed around the theme of ‘Leadership & Governance’.  The Steering Group will be developing the programme in early 2017, and are seeking input from the arts and cultural sector to help inform this.

We would appreciate if you could take 5 minutes to complete a short survey to provide feedback on topics/areas you would like us to focus on, and the type of activity you would find useful. The feedback you provide will feed directly into our development process.

The survey will be open until 12 noon on Monday 19 December 2016.  Thank you.

Lancashire’s ‘LEADER’ rural funding programme is now open for business

From Lancashire County Council:

Lancashire County Council is delighted to announce that the Lancashire LEADER programme is now officially open again for business following the result of the EU referendum.

The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is partly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The aim of LEADER is to create jobs and help businesses grow, which will then benefit the rural economy. Lancashire County Council manages the programme on behalf of the Rural Payments Agency.

LEADER is able to offer a range of grants to businesses and organisations based in eligible rural areas. LEADER funding in Lancashire is split into three; Lancashire North and Bowland, Lancashire West and Lancashire Pennine Moors (including parts of Greater Manchester). Make sure you check your postcode to see whether you are eligible to receive funding and also which area you are located in.

Each area has an allocation of funding across six themes, which are Enterprise, Farming, Tourism, Basic Services, Culture & Heritage and Forestry. Each area may have its own local variations on what types of projects they wish to fund so please check the calls for projects for further information.

There is a two-stage application process. The full application will be presented to nominated members of the Local Action Group (LAG Executive) who will consider each application against the priorities identified within the Local Development Strategies.

For more information and to check the eligibility visit the funding info page.

MUPI Match North West: Museum & University Partnership Initative

 

Manchester Museum
Register for this event
Friday 17th February 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm

Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Manchester (see here for a map and directions)

Would you like to get involved in a museum and university partnership? Are you based in the North West and keen to meet museums and academics in your region to network and develop new ideas? Then why not take part in a MUPI Match event…

It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.

However finding a partner, and having resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.

How to get involved

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum (or one working towards Accreditation) or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from across an ACE region; free to participate in; and interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special.

Please follow the registration link above to apply for a place at the North West Region MUPI Match event.

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

Entrepreneurship in Cultural Heritage Workshop

The Old Ikon Gallery, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Thursday February 2nd 2017

Organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with the West Midlands Museum Development

Over recent years the heritage sector has been hit by cumulative cut-backs in public sector funding, reductions in visitor spend and increasing competition for visitors. At the same time, a multitude of new opportunities continue to emerge relating to technological innovation, new audiences and communication networks and new management approaches. In the context of this developing landscape for the heritage sector, this workshop explores the increasing need for museums and heritage organisations to become ever more entrepreneurial in their approach in order to increase their resilience to the changing environment and also to identify ways and means to build profile, audiences, income and opportunities to communicate the heritage at their heart.

Through presentations by speakers who, in different ways, are involved with innovative approaches  to the heritage and museums sector and through discussion, this workshop aims to identify some of the more entrepreneurial management practices of the heritage sector and to explore challenges and opportunities for future entrepreneurial actions.

Key Themes:

·         Working towards resilience

·         Partner working outside of the heritage sector

·         The role of the creative industries

·         Going global

·         Building audiences and income

Confirmed speakers include:

  *   Dr Chris Ferguson (Auckland Castle)

  *   Traci Dix-Williams (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust)

  *   Colin Chester-Head of Buying, The National Gallery

  *   Tony Trehy (Director, Bury Art Museum)

  *   Harvey Edgington (National Trust)

  *   Elliot Goodger- Birmingham Museums Trust Enterprise Committee

Pre-booking is essential.

To book your place click here

Early-bird rate of £45 ( by 13 Jan 2017)

Full delegate rate of £55 (by January 27th 2017)

Contact: Jamie Davies, Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage – j.g.davies@bham.ac.uk
0121 414 5616

Staff and volunteers from Accredited Museums or those officially Working towards Accreditation should reserve their place via the events page of the West Midlands Museum Development website: mdwm.org.uk  or contact wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk