Category: Collections

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund – deadline for applications 7th May 2020

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has reopened for applications. The Fund is designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to significant works held in collections across the country. The programme is generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and will support cultural settings to secure strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities. Art Fund recognises the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit.

In this second phase of funding Art Fund has widened the pool of eligible lenders (to include non-nationals that lend under certain conditions) and will be holding two application rounds per year. Further details can be found in the Guidance for applicants.

Art Fund has opened the application process and welcomes proposals from non-national public museums, galleries, historic houses and other institutions with permanent collections. The application process is online, and the closing date for applications is midnight on 7 May 2020. If you’re not ready to apply in this round, there will be another round this year, and two per year in 2021 and 2022.

Full details of the programme, and advice on developing and delivering a loan project, can be found via Art Fund’s website

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840
pbull@artfund.org

 

 

 

MDNW Enriching Collections programme

MDNW’s new Enriching Collections programme is open; this series of days looks at how your museum can make the most of its collections in enriching the exhibitions and programmes it delivers.

The days range from why accountability of collections and basic documentation work is so important to the museum’s mission and how to use collections and audience data together to develop targeted programming, to practical skills in how to run focus groups and take good quality photographs of objects.

The programme is open to all staff, volunteers and members of governing bodies of museums in the North West which are Accredited or officially working towards Accreditation.

Use It, Don’t Lose It – Banishing the Backlogs – booking closes soon
10th March 2020, 10.30am-4pm
Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre

You can’t use what you’ve got if you don’t know you’ve got it. Or where it is… or who Slide1owns it… MDNW and Collections Trust are holding this conference to showcase the work from the Banish the Backlogs programme we have jointly run since 2017. Over 20 museums have worked to tackle their documentation backlogs to enable them to make more of their collections, highlighting how tackling backlogs is a crucial core element of a museum’s function that underpins its ability to deliver on its purpose through the exhibitions, events, outreach and everything else the museum does.

As well as case studies from the Banish the Backlogs programme, other presentations include Dippy on tour, Sporting Heritage network and a worked example of how to use your collections to work with a new audience.

Click here to book a place. Lunch will be provided at the conference.

Fitting the pieces together – using collections and audience data for programming
23rd March 2020, 10.15am-4pm
People’s History Museum, Manchester

audience_agency_strapline_logoMDNW and Catherine Bradley from The Audience Agency are running this workshop to look at how to use collections and audience data together to develop targeted programming. Using data that a museum might already have, and other freely available audience data, museums can look at how they can use their existing collections, or identify gaps in those collections, to work with communities to tell new stories.

The case studies featured will look at making your starting point an audience, an object, or a theme, and we will also take the initial ideas from the worked example from the ‘Use It, Don’t Lose It’ conference to refine into a more detailed plan.

Catherine Bradley is a Senior Consultant at The Audience Agency. Catherine’s focus is on bespoke consultancy and project management, largely in the North of England. As well as leading on research and evaluation projects, she utilises data to advise on marketing and audience development planning. Her current and recent projects as Lead Consultant include the 2019 evaluation of Manchester International Festival, research and evaluation for the Cultural Destinations programmes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and market research and audience development support for Canal & River Trust museums. She is delivering audience development and marketing training for libraries for Carnegie UK Trust and workshops as part in the Museums Audience Champions programmes in the North of England.

Click here to book a place.

Critical Conversations: Co-curating with communities
6th May 2020, 10.15am-3.30pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

Led by Verity Smith on behalf of MDNW, this workshop is designed to build confidence and skills in working with communities. It will include:

  • How to run focus groups and understand what visitors want
  • What does co-production look like on a small scale?
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners
  • Capturing oral histories

The workshop will provide delegates with practical skills and guidance on how to work with communities to tell new stories. The case studies featured will look at representing and providing a voice to different audiences, and how to do this effectively with limited time and resources.

Verity Smith has worked for several national and local authority museums within the fields of collections research, exhibition and interpretation, community engagement and volunteer management over the last 11 years. A graduate of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Verity has regularly returned to the department since gaining her MA in 2012 as a visiting lecturer, teaching on the Histories and Heritage module. Since 2018, Verity has worked as a Freelance Museum Curator and Writer. She is the current Chair of the Social History Curators Group and represents the network on the Subject Specialist Network (SSNs) Consortium.

Click here to book a place.

Point and shoot! Collections photography skills
8th June, 10am-4pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

Led by Sarah Holmes on behalf of MDNW, this practical workshop is designed to build confidence and skills in photographing objects within collections. It covers:

  • Why we need to photograph objects and what we need to capture
  • Technical knowledge – the key camera settings and other equipment including the use of smartphones
  • Setting up a photography area and lighting an object for best results

The workshop will enable delegates to try settings and techniques with guidance. The session is suitable for any type of digital camera and any level of experience. Delegates will have to bring their own digital camera with them.

Sarah Holmes is a freelance photographer/trainer based in Hertfordshire. She has had a camera since she was a teenager but it wasn’t until her first digital camera becoming a stay at home mum that she started to explore it further. Sarah Stephens Photography was established in 2010 whilst Sarah was volunteering for her local museum. Since then she has worked for a variety of organisations both photographing objects and providing skills training. She has worked with both large and small organisations, schools and independent business owners. Sarah’s mission is to enable people to get the photos they want, regardless of their chosen camera and without baffling people with the technology. She runs a variety of workshops for both the heritage sector and the general public.

Click here to book a place.

Use It, Don’t Lose It – Banishing the Backlogs conference


10th March 2020, 10.30am-4pm
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Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre

You can’t use what you’ve got if you don’t know you’ve got it. Or where it is… or who owns it… MDNW and Collections Trust are holding this conference to showcase the work from the Banish the Backlogs programme we have jointly run since 2017. Over 20 museums have worked to tackle their documentation backlogs to enable them to make more of their collections, highlighting how tackling backlogs is a crucial core element of a museum’s function that underpins its ability to deliver on its purpose through the exhibitions, events, outreach and everything else the museum does.

As well as case studies from the Banish the Backlogs programme, other presentations include Dippy on tour, Sporting Heritage network and a worked example of how to use your collections to work with a new audience.

Click here to book a place. Lunch will be provided at the conference. 

This conference is part of MDNW’s new Enriching Collections programme. For details of the other days in the programme, see here.

MDNW Enriching Collections programme

MDNW’s new Enriching Collections programme is now open; this series of days looks at how your museum can make the most of its collections in enriching the exhibitions and programmes it delivers.

The days range from why accountability of collections and basic documentation work is so important to the museum’s mission and how to use collections and audience data together to develop targeted programming, to practical skills in how to run focus groups and take good quality photographs of objects.

The programme is open to all staff, volunteers and members of governing bodies of museums in the North West which are Accredited or officially working towards Accreditation. MDNW funding stipulates that priority is to be given to those working and volunteering in non-national and non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially working towards Accreditation. The number of places available for each day is varied, in the case of practical hands-on workshops the number of tickets available per museum will be limited.

Use It, Don’t Lose It – Banishing the Backlogs
10th March 2020, 10.30am-4pm
Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre

You can’t use what you’ve got if you don’t know you’ve got it. Or where it is… or who Slide1owns it… MDNW and Collections Trust are holding this conference to showcase the work from the Banish the Backlogs programme we have jointly run since 2017. Over 20 museums have worked to tackle their documentation backlogs to enable them to make more of their collections, highlighting how tackling backlogs is a crucial core element of a museum’s function that underpins its ability to deliver on its purpose through the exhibitions, events, outreach and everything else the museum does.

As well as case studies from the Banish the Backlogs programme, other presentations include Dippy on tour, Sporting Heritage network and a worked example of how to use your collections to work with a new audience.

Click here to book a place. Lunch will be provided at the conference.

Fitting the pieces together – using collections and audience data for programming
23rd March 2020, 10.15am-4pm
People’s History Museum, Manchester

audience_agency_strapline_logoMDNW and Catherine Bradley from The Audience Agency are running this workshop to look at how to use collections and audience data together to develop targeted programming. Using data that a museum might already have, and other freely available audience data, museums can look at how they can use their existing collections, or identify gaps in those collections, to work with communities to tell new stories.

The case studies featured will look at making your starting point an audience, an object, or a theme, and we will also take the initial ideas from the worked example from the ‘Use It, Don’t Lose It’ conference to refine into a more detailed plan.

Catherine Bradley is a Senior Consultant at The Audience Agency. Catherine’s focus is on bespoke consultancy and project management, largely in the North of England. As well as leading on research and evaluation projects, she utilises data to advise on marketing and audience development planning. Her current and recent projects as Lead Consultant include the 2019 evaluation of Manchester International Festival, research and evaluation for the Cultural Destinations programmes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and market research and audience development support for Canal & River Trust museums. She is delivering audience development and marketing training for libraries for Carnegie UK Trust and workshops as part in the Museums Audience Champions programmes in the North of England.

Click here to book a place.

Critical Conversations: Co-curating with communities
6th May 2020, 10.15am-3.30pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

Led by Verity Smith on behalf of MDNW, this workshop is designed to build confidence and skills in working with communities. It will include:

  • How to run focus groups and understand what visitors want
  • What does co-production look like on a small scale?
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners
  • Capturing oral histories

The workshop will provide delegates with practical skills and guidance on how to work with communities to tell new stories. The case studies featured will look at representing and providing a voice to different audiences, and how to do this effectively with limited time and resources.

Verity Smith has worked for several national and local authority museums within the fields of collections research, exhibition and interpretation, community engagement and volunteer management over the last 11 years. A graduate of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, Verity has regularly returned to the department since gaining her MA in 2012 as a visiting lecturer, teaching on the Histories and Heritage module. Since 2018, Verity has worked as a Freelance Museum Curator and Writer. She is the current Chair of the Social History Curators Group and represents the network on the Subject Specialist Network (SSNs) Consortium.

Click here to book a place.

Point and shoot! Collections photography skills
8th June, 10am-4pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

Led by Sarah Holmes on behalf of MDNW, this practical workshop is designed to build confidence and skills in photographing objects within collections. It covers:

  • Why we need to photograph objects and what we need to capture
  • Technical knowledge – the key camera settings and other equipment including the use of smartphones
  • Setting up a photography area and lighting an object for best results

The workshop will enable delegates to try settings and techniques with guidance. The session is suitable for any type of digital camera and any level of experience. Delegates will have to bring their own digital camera with them.

Sarah Holmes is a freelance photographer/trainer based in Hertfordshire. She has had a camera since she was a teenager but it wasn’t until her first digital camera becoming a stay at home mum that she started to explore it further. Sarah Stephens Photography was established in 2010 whilst Sarah was volunteering for her local museum. Since then she has worked for a variety of organisations both photographing objects and providing skills training. She has worked with both large and small organisations, schools and independent business owners. Sarah’s mission is to enable people to get the photos they want, regardless of their chosen camera and without baffling people with the technology. She runs a variety of workshops for both the heritage sector and the general public.

Click here to book a place.

Banish the Backlogs programme 2020-21

Does your museum have a documentation backlog which never seems to end? Are Slide1you confused about what you need to do about your backlog to achieve Accreditation? Do you want to move forward in this area but don’t know where to start?

Since 2017 Museum Development North West and Collections Trust have been working together to run the ‘Banish the Backlogs’ programme to help museums improve procedures and develop realistic plans to improve their documentation, and we are pleased to announce our workshop programme for 2020-21.

Led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer at Collections Trust, these workshops are open to staff and volunteers from museums in the North West which are Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation.

Banish the Backlogs 1: What is a backlog? Spectrum 5.0 and Inventory
28th April 2020, 10am-3.30pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

 The updated Inventory procedure in Spectrum 5.0 has been developed to help museums identify and resolve their documentation backlogs, making the requirements for Accreditation much clearer. In this session we will explore this procedure and the minimum level of information required to ensure accountability and mitigate risks. We will discuss reconciling temporary numbers, preventing future documentation problems, and documentation histories. There will be opportunities to review some of your own procedures to identify actions, and to explore tackling this work through realistic Documentation planning.

Click here to book a place.

Banish the Backlogs 2: Advocacy and troubleshooting
23rd September 2020, 10am-3.30pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How can you persuade colleagues that good documentation is the key to collections access that underpins everything the museum does? In this session we will explore advocating to internal and external stakeholders for the importance of the time and resources we spend working on collections. Who needs informing about it, and who needs influencing? There will be opportunities for you to consider and start planning the key messages you want to take back to stakeholders and how you might communicate these.

There will also be an opportunity to troubleshoot your collections management and documentation issues with other participants, using your own policies and procedures.

Click here to book a place.

Banish the Backlogs 3: Documentation planning in depth
16th February 2021, 10am-3.30pm
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

In this session we will take a more in depth look at your documentation plans, reviewing your actions for the next 12 months:

  • How you came up with these actions/priorities
  • Is this realistic?
  • How you might achieve these actions
  • Timeframes and resources
  • Monitoring progress
  • Barriers and risks

There will also be an opportunity to troubleshoot your collections management and documentation issues with other participants, using your own policies and procedures.

Click here to book a place.

In addition to these three ‘Banish the Backlogs’ workshops Collections Trust will also be running other collections and documentation-related workshops in the North West for 2020-21. Details of these dates and workshops will be announced later in the year.

Between ‘Banish the Backlogs’ workshops one-to-one support will be available with Sarah Brown, via phone or email, for museums that attend a minimum of two ‘Banish the Backlogs’ workshops, or one ‘Banish the Backlogs’ workshop and another Collections Trust-run workshop in 2020-21.

Museums that attend two ‘Banish the Backlogs’ workshops (different staff can attend different workshops) will also be given priority for places on the other Collections Trust open workshops.

Collections & disposals advice survey

In our collections programmes we regularly call on the expertise of Janet Ulph, Professor of Commercial Law at Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, for guidance relating to museums, collections and the law.

As well as the advice Janet has given museums in some of our collections workshops, you may also have used her advice without realising it. She has contributed to some of the standard guidance from the Museums Association on disposals, and is the sole author of other MA guidance on collections and disposals.

To measure the impact of her research on the sector, Janet would like to hear from anyone who has used her guidance on disposals (including curatorially and financially motivated disposal) and the impact this has had.

From Janet Ulph:

Hello! My name is Professor Janet Ulph and I would be grateful for your help. Leicester University would like evidence to check whether my advice has had an impact upon you or your organisation.

I have given informal advice to some museums. However, I have provided lots of formal advice too. In 2012, I helped to revise the MA’s Disposal Toolkit: Guidelines for Museums and to add the new Disposal Toolkit Appendix 4: Additional Guidance On Financially Motivated Disposals. I am also the sole author of detailed guidance on The Legal and Ethical Status of Museum Collections: Curatorially Motivated Disposals.

Since then, I have helped to write guidance on Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues.

For example, one piece of advice in the Disposal Toolkit is that accessioned items of low financial and cultural value (such as medals or wedding dresses) can be deaccessioned and returned to the donors, if it in the interests of the museum to do this. Before this, people thought that charity law or other laws prevented museums from returning minor items to donors. So, if there is anyone who has relied upon the Disposal Toolkit to deaccession and return items to donors, or used it in any other way, I would be delighted to hear from you.

If anyone has any other comments about the value of the Disposal Toolkit or any other advice (including constructive criticism), I would be very pleased to hear more.

I can be contacted by email at the following address: ju13@le.ac.uk.

Sporting Heritage And The Armed Forces Showcase

Sporting-Heritage-and-the-armed-forcesFrom Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage:

Sporting Heritage & the Armed Forces Showcase

Thursday 2 April, 10am – 4pm at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield

Are you looking for new ways to use your military or sporting collections? Come and join us for our packed end of project showcase. Through the Sporting Heritage & Armed Forces project,  Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage have built on their existing partnership to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between sport and the armed forces in the UK.

Those involved in the project have worked to preserve, protect and provide access to heritage related to sport and the armed forces. By working together these collections have been opened up to new and different audiences. At this event you can:

  • Hear about the different project strands from our speakers
  • Share your experiences and shape future project activity in our workshops
  • Pick up top tips from our experts in our lunchtime surgeries
  • Make connections with new suppliers with our exhibitors
  • Network with colleagues across the sector

For further information and to book your place click here: http://bit.ly/SportingHeritageShowcase 

Help Collections Trust join the dots: virtual roundtable discussions

From Collections Trust:

Collections Trust is keen to help UK museums connect their collections data in a Slide1futureproof way. This needs a sustainable digital infrastructure that everyone involved can depend on for decades to come. That will only happen if the resulting services are just so useful to the sector that it would be unthinkable not to sustain them.

With support from the Corsham Institute, Collections Trust is convening a series of videoconference discussions to find out how data-sharing might help museums address a wide range of real-world needs. They are particularly interested in talking to people from:

  • museums that want to make their collections data available online without the expense and hassle of doing this within their own websites
  • regional partnerships of museums or subject specialist networks that want to pool their collections data for any kind of online collaboration
  • museums that want to scale up their engagement with platforms such as Google Arts and Culture or Wikidata without all that faffing around with spreadsheets

If you’re interested in taking part in one of their roundtables, please drop an email to kevin@collectionstrust.org.uk.

 

Freelance Opportunities: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Creative Practitioner: Pilkington’s Ceramic Collection
Fee: see brief for individual fees
Location: Salford
Contract: see brief for dates for differing areas of work
Closing date: 24th November 2019

 From Salford Museum & Art Gallery:

Salford Museum & Art Gallery are looking for freelance creative practitioners to deliver a range of workshops and activities to engage our audiences in our Pilkington’s ceramic collection. We are also looking for an artist/maker to develop an exclusive range of products inspired by the Pilkington’s collection. The work is funded and supported by Booth Charities as part of a wider project to interpret and promote the Pilkington’s Collection.

Applicants can apply for some, or all, of the 3 areas of work – please state clearly which elements you are interested in in your application. Successful applicants must hold their own public liability insurance and be able to comply with our safeguarding policy and procedures.

At Salford Community Leisure we aim to promote a culture where discrimination is eliminated by providing an environment of equal opportunities where everyone recognises the positive contribution a diverse workforce, community and membership can make.

The Pilkington’s Collection at Salford Museum & Art Gallery comprises of a wide range of ceramic items as well as the company archive – more details can be found in the accompanying document. A selection is on permanent display at the museum and art gallery.

To apply please send a CV detailing your relevant experience along with a brief outline of your ideas. Please include a breakdown of budget in your ideas.

  • For applications for the workshops and activities strands please detail your experience of developing and delivering activities.
  • For applications for the merchandise project please include an estimate for price and quantities of products you have produced in the past, detailing wholesale price and RRP. Please include some information about your approach and examples of products you have developed for previous clients.

Please send this information to Amy Whitehead, Business Support Officer at amy.whitehead@scll.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 24 November 2019
Interview date for successful applicants: Friday 6 December 2019

 

Balancing Act: Collections Care in Historic Buildings

Friday 15th November
Engine Shed, Stirling

From Historic Environment Scotland:

Presenting museum and heritage collections in historic buildings can enhance the visitor experience and understanding of a place, but it is not without its challenges.

Creating a stable environment can be tricky, buildings cannot necessarily be adapted for collections needs, and increasing visitor demand can mean increased risk.

Collections and conservation staff from a range of organisations including Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Maritime Museum will discuss how they tackle collections care challenges in their own institutions.

To book a ticket, click here.