Category: Events

Annual Funding Fair 2018

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Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester

We’re pleased to announce that our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector is scheduled to take place on Thursday 20th September at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and  representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums. We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture.

We will share more information nearer the time but if you have any questions, please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

 

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Capital Development Network: Working with listed buildings

Friday 28th September 2018
Bramall Hall, Stockport
10:00 – 12:30

Run in collaboration with HLF, the Capital Development Network brings together people undertaking, or thinking of undertaking capital development projects. The next meeting will focus on working with listed buildings and will take place at the stunning Bramall Hall in Stockport.

On the day we will hear from Alison Farthing from Stockport Museums who will discuss undertaking capital development in a Grade I listed buildings. We will also hear from Cal Warren from Nottingham Castle who will talk about the challenges of working on a site with 2 scheduled monument listings, listed building and 23 designations.

So that we know numbers please book a place on our eventbrite page.

Science Uncovered Manchester

European Researcher’s Night at Manchester Museum
Friday 28th September 2018
11am- 2pm – School visits
5pm-10pm – Adult social  

What is it?

Friday 28 September is European Researcher’s night, and for the fourth time Manchester Museum will be hosting Science Uncovered Manchester – a special late opening showcasing Manchester’s finest researchers and their work for an adult audience. There’ll be research on show, music, drinks and a lively atmosphere. Our participation in Science Uncovered event is funded by the Natural History Museum, who’ve hosted this event successfully for several years in London and Tring. European Researcher’s Night is a Europe wide initiative, in which thousands of researchers all across Europe meet the public and share their work in a social setting.

Get Involved

We want 50+ researchers to join us at the Museum to share research with our curious audience. You can share research on whatever theme you are working on and we are especially keen for research that connects to our collection, as we would love to get objects out on the night. So if you’ve got something interesting to share, get in touch, information is below.

What will happen on the day?

During the day, there will be two sessions 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 2pm, where researchers can present to invited primary and secondary school groups.

The Museum will then open later than usual, and Science Uncovered will be open to the public at 5pm.

As the Museum has an established A-Level audience, we want to offer them a chance to participate in this one off event. 5-6pm students will be encouraged to visit research stations and may quiz you about how you found your way into research. This will be a great engagement opportunity to inspire researchers of the future.

There are a 4 ways you can participate:

  • Research Stations – Host an interactive table top activity to get a conversation started. The focus of our research stations is to get chatting to the public – so leave the poster boards behind and bring your best conversation starters, objects, equipment and demonstrations. The smallest practical station would be two researchers at a time and researchers would need to work in rotation for the duration that a station is running. A limited number of large, flagship stations are possible on the night and these may have 10 or more researchers.
  • 5 minute talks – got something interesting to say in 5 minutes? The hop on our soapbox and give us an entertaining 5 minute insight into your work.
  • Story telling – This has become a popular activity and with researchers spending time in the field, at sea or in other unusual circumstances has the potential to captivate otherwise “Science reluctant” audiences with compelling stories. 15 minute stories based around your experiences as a researcher. Short training exercises available to help you prepare.
  • I Love Research Q&A (daytime only) – A chance during the day to talk to school groups in the Museum. A great opportunity for school children of all ages to interact with active research, share your knowledge, experiences and advice. Sign up and prepare a 5 minute talk to engage pupils about why you love research. Prepare for a few probing questions.

We are open to you trying your hand at any of our activities but bear in mind, if you are on a research station, you’ll need to find a colleague to keep the conversation flowing while you’re away. Continue reading

Kids in Museums Takeover Day Planning and Sharing Event

Monday 18th June
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
10:30 – 15:00
Free

From Kids in Museums:

Our informal Planning and Sharing Events will help you plan your Takeover Day as well as give you ideas and advice from those who have run a Takeover Day before.

These events are free and open to museums, galleries, archives or heritage sites. The event is for organisations running their first Takeover Day or even their fifth.

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

Museum Tech 2018: A Digital Festival for Museums

Thursday 7th June
Museum of London

Want to find out about new technologies for museums?

Book now for Museums Association’s one day seminar Museum Tech 2018: A Digital Festival for Museums 

Museum Tech 2018 presents some of the latest digital experiences, tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond. This interactive seminar features case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that sheds light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice.

Delegates have the opportunity to try out new digital tools and devices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding using digital technology in museums.  

This conference is for anyone interested in the role digital technology can play in different aspects of museum practice, from exhibitions and visitor engagement to learning and marketing. 

For full details, timetable and ways to book click here

NWFed Event – Resilience and Wellbeing

Friday 8th June, Harris Museum, Preston
10:30 for 11:00 start to 15:30
FEE  – £7.50 for NWFed members (includes staff from institutional member museums) / £20 for non-members (fee includes 12 months membership of NWFed)
Includes tea/coffee at Registration and lunch

In these turbulent times we hear a lot about museums needing to build their resilience. But what about the museum worker? What does resilience mean for them? This event aims to explore the concept and to give attendees practical information which can be used in their workplace.

Facilitator – Jo Irvine. 

Wellbeing – having a plan

Jo will talk about how important it is to take responsibility for your own wellbeing and find a work-life balance that works for both you and your organisation. This session will explore practical and creative ways to start to create your own personal wellbeing plan.

Jo has over 25 years’ experience of working in the museum and heritage sector as a leader, consultant and coach. She has worked with the Museum Association as an assessor and mentor and on the Transformers programme for the last three years. She is the Organisational Coach at Battersea Arts Centre in London and the Career Coach at NABs – The National Advertising Benevolent Society in Manchester as well as working with arts organisations nationally.

Jon Finch – Re-Imagining the Harris Project Leader

A change is as good as a rest

Jon has worked in museums, the wider cultural sector and as a management consultant for more than 20 years, leading a range of organisations and change processes. In 2015 he was appointed to lead the transformation project at the Harris, this involves bringing museum and library teams from two different local authorities together to form a coherent visitor offer in the Harris and to plan a major capital refurbishment of the building. 

Change, even positive change, can be difficult for individuals and teams. Jon will discuss how leaders can support staff through it to emerge stronger and more resilient in the cultural sector.

Marge Ainsley – Freelance communication and research specialist

How to Survive and Thrive: Top Tips for Building Resilience Through CPD and Self-care

Marge is a freelance communication and research specialist. She worked in museum marketing before becoming freelance and has a wide base of clients mostly in the cultural sector. She has an interest in how we approach professional development and self-care in order to build resilience. In this presentation, Marge will share personal and practical tips from being freelance which have relevance for people working in organisations and on their own. Find out more about Marge’s work at www.margeainsley.co.uk.

The day will end with a session on Mindfulness.  Presenter to be confirmed.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

 

NWFed Event – Resilience and Wellbeing

Friday 8th June,
10:30 for 11:00 start to 15:30
FEE  – £7.50 for NWFed members (includes staff from institutional member museums) / £20 for non-members
Note – annual membership for individuals is £12
Includes tea/coffee at Registration and lunch

In these turbulent times we hear a lot about museums needing to build their resilience. But what about the museum worker? What does resilience mean for them? This event aims to explore the concept and to give attendees practical information which can be used in their workplace.

Facilitator – Jo Irvine. 

Wellbeing – having a plan

Jo will talk about how important it is to take responsibility for your own wellbeing and find a work-life balance that works for both you and your organisation. This session will explore practical and creative ways to start to create your own personal wellbeing plan.

Jo has over 25 years’ experience of working in the museum and heritage sector as a leader, consultant and coach. She has worked with the Museum Association as an assessor and mentor and on the Transformers programme for the last three years. She is the Organisational Coach at Battersea Arts Centre in London and the Career Coach at NABs – The National Advertising Benevolent Society in Manchester as well as working with arts organisations nationally.

Jon Finch – Re-Imagining the Harris Project Leader

A change is as good as a rest

Jon has worked in museums, the wider cultural sector and as a management consultant for more than 20 years, leading a range of organisations and change processes. In 2015 he was appointed to lead the transformation project at the Harris, this involves bringing museum and library teams from two different local authorities together to form a coherent visitor offer in the Harris and to plan a major capital refurbishment of the building. 

Change, even positive change, can be difficult for individuals and teams. Jon will discuss how leaders can support staff through it to emerge stronger and more resilient in the cultural sector.

Marge Ainsley – Freelance communication and research specialist

How to Survive and Thrive: Top Tips for Building Resilience Through CPD and Self-care

Marge is a freelance communication and research specialist. She worked in museum marketing before becoming freelance and has a wide base of clients mostly in the cultural sector. She has an interest in how we approach professional development and self-care in order to build resilience. In this presentation, Marge will share personal and practical tips from being freelance which have relevance for people working in organisations and on their own. Find out more about Marge’s work at www.margeainsley.co.uk.

The day will end with a session on Mindfulness.  Presenter to be confirmed.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Making the Case Symposium

The Whitworth, Manchester
Friday 25th May 2018
10:00 – 16:00

Venture Arts are bringing together ten influential creative organisations and individuals to inspire and share best practice about making our cultural landscape a more rich and welcoming place, with learning disabled people at its heart. 

MAKING THE CASE | SYMPOSIUM marks the completion of the latest round of Venture Arts’ Cultural Enrichment Programme. The programme was devised in recognition of how very few learning disabled people currently access cultural venues. Supported by national lottery players via The Heritage Lottery Fund, Venture Arts works closely with Manchester based museums, theatres and galleries to co-create engagement programmes tailored to each participant. 

Our partners include Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, People’s History Museum and HOME Manchester. 

Joining Venture Arts will be experts in the field; Actionspace and Royal Academy of Arts (London) | Esther Fox – The History of Place (UK) |  Bluecoat – Blue Room and Jade French, Art As Advocacy Collective (Liverpool) | Holly Grange, the Whitworth (Manchester) | Autism for the Arts (Manchester) | Manchester Museum (The University of Manchester) | HOME (Manchester) | Royal Exchange Theatre.

This will be a day of thought provoking open conversation, debate and sharing to encourage change.

Please see more information via the website

Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page – £15 (+booking fee) and lunch is provided. 

Museum Basics: Data protection workshop

Tuesday 22nd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
09:30 – 16:00
FREE

In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will substantially impact the handling of personal data and this will affect how data is collected, used and shared by museum staff, trustees and volunteers.

Led by Naomi Korn, the second workshop as part of our Museum Basics Programme will help you understand what the changes to GDPR means for your museum & how you should prepare for them.

For more information contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00
FREE

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk