AIM Hallmarks Learning Programmes

Two new training programmes will help participants use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums they lead or work with.

The Museum Leaders programme is for people who lead AIM member museums. It will equip you to:

  • Establish a clear purpose for your organisation and foster a positive organisational culture
  • Lead innovation and change
  • Strengthen your museum’s governance and leadership
  • Become part of a peer network and share ideas and insights
  • Embed the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums in your organisation
  • The following places are available:

England – 12 places supported with funding from Arts Council England

Wales – 1 place supported with funding from The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales and AIM

Scotland/Wales/ Northern Ireland – 2 places supported using funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and AIM

The Enablers programme is for people who support museums through their work, for example as Museum Development Officers or as freelancers. It will equip you to:

  •  Be part of a skilled group of enablers who can support museums to use the AIM Hallmarks to help them prosper
  • Use consultancy and coaching techniques effectively, to help organisations change
  • Develop your understanding of how organisations work and of the challenges of leadership
  • Build a portfolio of tools to use in your work with museums
  • Become part of a peer network and share ideas and insights

There are 12 places on this programme for people who work with museums in England, supported with funding from Arts Council England.

Course structure: both programmes are based around a series of short residentials, with structured learning between the residential sessions. The Enablers programme also includes an extended period of action learning, tailored to the learning needs of individual participants. Both courses start in Spring 2016. More detailed dates for the programmes are available in the downloads at the bottom of this page.

The programmes will:

  • Have a strong emphasis on equipping participants with practical tools they can use in their daily work
  • Be tailored to the particular learning needs of each participant, with a rich set of resources we can draw on
  • Use a mixture of approaches, combining formal teaching, external speakers, practical group work and space for reflection
  • Encourage participants to learn from the broader cultural and charity sector, and look beyond museums for insight and inspiration

Our team: The courses are led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge, experienced consultants who bring insight from the broader voluntary sector, with a particular specialism in strengthening leadership and governance. Each residential will have at least one speaker to share their experience and offer fresh perspectives. Speakers will include leading museum directors, members of AIM Council, charity chief executives and other leaders from the broader cultural and charity sectors. You can download Hilary and Ruth’s biographies at the bottom of this page.

Course fees. The majority of the costs of each course are supported by Arts Council England (and the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales for our Welsh place.) Participants are expected to contribute £350 per place for the museum leaders programme, and £250 per place for the museum enablers programme. These fees include all accommodation and refreshments, course materials and the support of AIM staff and our trainers, but do not include travel. We have some bursaries and travel grants available for those who can demonstrate need.

Applications are now open and close on 22 February 2016. Download the application form and find out more about how to apply at the bottom of this page.

There will be a second round of both training programmes in 2017, with applications opening in late 2016.

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