News from AIM

AIM Launches Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums

AIM has just launched a new scheme in partnership with Icon to enable small museums to undertake a basic, professional collections care audit. The audits will be carried out by an accredited conservator to help smaller AIM members (museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year) identify key issues and priorities for their museum.

Funded by the Pilgrim Trust, the scheme will support museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently in the long-term, to meet the standards required for Accreditation and will give museums the option to undertake an audit before making a full application to the AIM Collections Care Grant Scheme. Applications are now open with a closing date of 31 March. Further information: AIM Collections Care Audit Scheme

Coming To Conference? Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

This year, tickets for AIM National Conference can be purchased quickly and easily online via the AIM National Conference Eventbrite page and all conference information can be found on the AIM National Conference 2017 website.

Conference will be held at The Historic Dockyard Chatham from 22- 24 June and the theme this year is ‘40 years of Leading Independents’ in recognition of AIM’s fortieth anniversary and the success of the independent sector and AIM members over the past four decades.

There are new additions to the conference schedule for 2017 including study tours of our host with walks through the Historic Dockyard looking at a range of subjects including filming, interpreting industrial heritage, catering, retail and capital projects and Conference will also include the annual trade exhibition showcasing products and services.

Please note that the special Early Bird rate will end on 28 April – so don’t miss out on saving your museum money by booking early. AIM National Conference 2017 website.

Could You Contribute To AIM Conference? 

We are looking for case studies to include in AIM Conference. Have your trustees used the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums? Does your museum have an interesting story to tell about how it has survived and thrived over the past thirty or forty years? Are you a small organisation with an innovative approach to income generation? Have you used AIM’s Success Guide on setting admission policy and pricing? If you have something interesting to share on one of these topics, please email . 

Grants For Attending AIM National Conference 2017

AIM is offering members the opportunity to apply for an AIM Training Grant to attend conference. The deadline for AIM training grant applications is 17 April and applications up and until that date will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Please be aware that the fund is limited and early applications are recommended. AIM Training Grants.

For Welsh museums, The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales is offering grants under its Training and Conference Grant programme to enable museum staff (paid or volunteers) in Wales to attend. For more information, visit: Grants For AIM Conference From The Federation Of Museums & Art Galleries Of Wales

Trustee Event: Succession Planning

AIM is pleased to be working with SHARED Enterprise to repeat our trustee seminar on reviewing your board for succession planning for trustees in and around the East of England. Led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance, the event runs on 28th February at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Museum managers are welcome to attend with Trustees.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Runs 28 February, Cambridge. Trustee event: Succession Planning


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