Category: Events

Pioneering Volunteer Makers – A New Era for Engaging Audiences

Volunteer Makers is delighted to announce its speakers for the Pioneering Volunteer Makers conference on 17th November.

Participants will hear from the museums themselves who are pioneering Volunteer Makers and the steps they have taken to create an organisational-wide engagement culture and implement new thinking in volunteer engagement.

  • Laura Kinnear, Curator, Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham
  • Hannah Mather, Jarrow Hall, NE EMP Chair and TWAM Volunteer
  • Fran Riando, Volunteer Manager, Geffrye Museum, London
  • Jessica Hartshorn, Learning and Outreach Officer, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
  • Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum, Cirencester

I could see instantly the potential to grow a community of what Volunteer Makers call ‘blended volunteers’, and how this could start from someone volunteering to lay our fire once a week to eventually becoming a Visitor Experience Assistant’. Laura Kinnear

Volunteering can make a real difference not only to the organisation which you are supporting but it can also have a positive impact on your own life. I know from my own experience how rewarding it can be to give a little’. Hannah Mather

Everyone was buzzing and excited after the session, and I can honestly say I have never had such heart felt positive feedback about a change of system before!’ Jessica Hartshorn

Volunteer Makers is a national programme of volunteer engagement training and a digital application for museums supported by Arts Council England.

A third of people in the UK are volunteering and the value of volunteering is worth billions. With shifts in demographics, digital and funding models a new way of thinking is necessary if museums are to engage volunteers in a way to sustain and diversify their audiences.

Volunteer Makers is a different model for engaging and inspiring volunteers which grows a museum’s community of active supporters, providing a measurable value exchange.

Volunteer Makers National Conference is a FREE fringe event for Visitors and Delegates at the Museums Association Conference, Manchester, Friday 17th November, 1:30-16:20. Includes lunch and refreshments.

This is a chance for museums to further participate in Volunteer Makers and understand the benefits of Blended and Micro-Volunteering and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Please register here for the Volunteer Makers event: http://pioneers.volunteermakers.org/ as places are limited. If you are attending as a Visitor you can access the MA free Exhibition programme too. If you are planning to attend the MA Conference as a Delegate, please also register as places are limited.

For more information please contact: Anna Bryant, Project Engagement and Marketing Manager annab@volunteermakers.org www.volunteermakers.org @VolunteerMakers

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Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a long tradition of working with and supporting artists. In the last two years, a major refurbishment of the Wonders of the Peak Gallery allowed artists to work closely with the collections. With support of the Heritage Lottery fund, three artists have been in residence: Amanda Johnson, a composer; Richard Johnson, a visual artist and Gordon MacLellan, a story teller and poet. They have supported a range of community engagement programmes at the museum and in the landscape.

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four more artists have created new work in response to the collection and the landscape. Their journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds of art, heritage and gallery development collide.

You are invited to join the Collection of the Artists for a day, to share and enrich your and our learning. 

To book your place click here.

Museum-University Partnership symposium

Thursday 2nd November
11:00am to 3:30pm
Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ

Have you ever worked with a university or a museum to deliver a great project? From student interns to public engagement; collections research to new exhibitions; R&D in museum contexts; one off events to long term partnerships – we want to hear from you.

The Museum-University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) is an ACE-funded project that seeks to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between small museums and university academics. We believe that there is lots of potential in museums and universities working together, and are keen to help support new partnerships and initiatives. Over the last 8 months we have been running MUPI Match events, offering opportunities for museums and universities to develop partnerships, and over 70 projects have been initiated across the UK.

In addition to the MUPI Match events we are developing resources to support others wanting to develop museum-university partnerships. This symposium is an opportunity for museum staff and volunteers and academics to come together to:

  • Celebrate and share great examples of partnership working
  • Inform the development of resources to help support effective partnership working including navigating funding; matchmaking potential partners; and tools for partnership development
  • Explore what else needs to happen to encourage mutually beneficial museum-university partnerships now and in the future

Whether you have years of experience, or are just getting started, why not come and join us?

Register for this event

 

A small number of travel bursaries are available for museum representatives. Please email lisa.adlington@uwe.ac.uk for further details.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 

Free Resources, Advice Visits and Workshop

Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January is a day used by many museums to connect with their communities. Over 7,700 HMD activities took place in 2017 across the month of January.

In Yorkshire and Humber, for example, the Bradford Peace Museum displayed artefacts from a Kindertransport child, with powerful talks and events. In Ashworth Barracks a moving and interactive element was incorporated into an existing 1940s display.

The 2018 theme is The Power of Words and there are many FREE resources for museums to use.

Workshop for HMD organisers:

Monday 16 October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, St George’s Centre Leeds

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Activity and Poster pack which can be used to create a simple display direct from the pack. Order here.

Resources for Educators including poetry and song sheets, ideas for lessons, activities and art, based on inspiring Life Stories.

Support and advice from your Regional Support Worker Rosie Crook: ‘I have a museum background and am very happy to meet you and support your activity in any way I can’.

Contact: Rosie Crook, rosie.yorkshumber@hmd.org.uk, 0774 0733318.

Museums and the Law Programme – additional tickets added

Due to the popularity of the workshops we have added additional tickets for the workshops which will run from October to December and cover a number of areas from acquisitions to the legalities of being a Trustee giving delegates the knowledge and resources needed to keep on the right side of the law.

Museums and the Law: Data Protection
Wednesday 18th October
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00
MORE TICKETS ADDED

In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will substantially impact the handling of personal data. This will affect how data is collected, used and shared by museum staff, trustees and volunteers and in this session Naomi Korn, will help you understand what this means for your museum & how you should prepare for the changes.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Acquisitions and Disposals
Thursday 9th November
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Featuring a panel comprising Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University), Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) and the Museums Association, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of acquisition and disposal issues. Delegates will have the opportunity beforehand to submit questions and scenarios to be debated by the panel.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Trustees
Friday 8th December
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Shirley Collier spent her museum career acquainting herself with the law, latterly as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust, the charity which runs museums on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council.   She now works as a consultant and coach, and continues to develop her knowledge of charity governance, both in the museum sector and in education.  She is a trustee of several charities, including a museum and a college of further education.  This workshop will be participative and practical, informed by real examples of what can go wrong and how to avoid it!  Participants will be contacted prior to the workshop by Shirley to discuss what they most want to get out of the session.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Up and Coming Curious Minds Events

Curious about … The NEW Artsmark Partnership Programme
13:00 – 16:30
Free

Arts Council England have now finalised plans for a new programme to support Museums and other Cultural Organisations to understand and meet the needs of schools who are working towards achieving Artsmark.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme (formerly Artsmark Champions) will be opened to all Arts and Cultural Organisations from Autumn 2017 and then will be marketed to Artsmark schools and educational settings in the Spring Term 2018.

Curious Minds is pleased to offer a free briefing event where Museums, Arts and Cultural Organisations can find out more about the new Artsmark Partnership Programme and how they can get involved.

Please note: before lunch there will be a morning session on the Quality Principles and Quality Metrics that you can also book to attend.

The dates are:

Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.


Curious about … the Quality Principles and the Quality Metrics: Free event
10:00 – 13:00
FREE

Curious Minds is offering cultural organisations a facilitated session to explore the Arts Council England’s Quality Principles. 

The aim of the Quality Principles is to raise the standard of work being produced by, with and for children and young people. Seven Quality Principles have been developed as a result of close collaboration between the Arts Council England and Arts and Cultural Organisations that work with children and young people.

The session will explore how your peers are embedding Quality Principles in their practice, and how and where have the Quality Principles have been most useful. The session will also look at the Participatory Quality Metrics and explore the synergy between the Quality Metrics and the Quality Principles.

The dates are:

– Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.

Please note: after lunch there will be an afternoon briefing session on The new Artsmark Partnership Programme that you can also book to attend.

Museums Funding Fair: Two weeks to go!

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

11:00 – 15:00
FREE

There’s two weeks to go until our 5th Annual Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face.

Due to the success of last year we are pleased to also have a number of national museums in attendance to discuss potential partnership projects and loans.
The fair will also include a programme of workshops from the some of the organisations above and there will also be a workshop looking at how to write successful funding bids.

Organisations that will be present are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • British Museum
  • Curious Minds
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate
  • Touring Exhibition Group

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

We have also updated our Funding Sources page which gives an up to date overview of the organisations that fund museums and the projects they fund.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Museums and the Law Programme

Following on from the successful Museums and the Law seminar we ran earlier in the year we’re pleased to announce the next part of the programme. Running from October to December the workshops will cover a number of areas from acquisitions to the legalities of being a Trustee giving delegates the knowledge and resources needed to keep on the right side of the law.

Museums and the Law: Copyright Essentials
Tuesday 17th October
Manchester Museum
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Led by copyright specialist Naomi Korn, this session is an introduction to basic copyright principles, covering the management, protection, exploitation and use of information and content.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Data Protection
Wednesday 18th October
Manchester Museum
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will substantially impact the handling of personal data. This will affect how data is collected, used and shared by museum staff, trustees and volunteers and in this session Naomi Korn, will help you understand what this means for your museum & how you should prepare for the changes.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Acquisitions and Disposals
Thursday 9th November
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Featuring a panel comprising Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University), Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) and the Museums Association, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of acquisition and disposal issues. Delegates will have the opportunity beforehand to submit questions and scenarios to be debated by the panel.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Trustees
Friday 8th December
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Led by Shirley Collier, this workshop will take delegates through the legal obligations of being on a Board of Trustees and tell you what you need to know and do once appointed.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Emergency Planning & Preparedness – partnership event with Rapid Response Network

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
10.00 – 4.00

Free – RRN Members
Cost £25 for Yorkshire Fed members
£35 for Non-Fed members

First three applications from volunteers will not be charged.

Who is this course for?

This training workshop should be of interest to anyone who is new to or responsible for emergency planning and preparedness in libraries, archives, museums or galleries.

What will it cover?

The aim of the day is to prepare you for emergencies and hopefully minimise damage to collections. There will be two main parts: an initial familiarization with the emergency kit and a hands-on exercise/ scenario dealing with a disaster.

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFED Freelance Training Provider.  Working in partnership with the Rapid Response Network (RRN), who are a regional membership organisation working together to improve emergency planning and preparedness, for the benefit of public access collections and heritage in Yorkshire & Humber.

The trainer will be Jenny Mathiason, Conservator at Rotherham Borough Council.

What will it cost?

The course is free to RRN members and £25 for Fed members and £35 for non-fed members.  Coffee and tea will be provided. Please note that lunch is not included. Lunch is available for purchase in the café or you can bring a packed lunch. There will also be 3 free places for volunteers, from organisations who are YHFed members available on a first come first served basis.

Where is it?

It will be located at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

How do I book?

To book a place you should either send this form to mitchelsonmoore@gmail.com or use the eventbrite page.

Enquiries and for details on how to pay contact Alison Mitchelson, Freelance Training Officer, mitchelsonmoore@gmail.com

Culture24 Museum Lates Meetup

From Culture24:

Culture24, producers of Museums at Night, are conducting the first ever national and international study into the role Museum Lates play in the night-time cultural offer. Part of the research focuses on how the cultural and tourism sectors can work more closely together, so we’ve got together with Airbnb to link museum and gallery events programmers with Airbnb hosts.

On Wednesday 6 September we’re conducting a free meetup at the Hat Works Museum in Stockport from 2-4pm, connecting Airbnb hosts and museum/gallery staff and volunteers to share information and explore ways to attract more cultural tourists to after-hours events in Greater Manchester.

We’d love any museum staff and volunteers involved in arts and heritage events to join us! Free refreshments and snacks will be available, and it’s a chance for you to tell us your experiences and put your ideas forward to the research.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.