Category: Events

Setting the Standard: Recruitment and Selection

Thursday 7th December
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00 

Are you involved in interviewing and selecting staff?

Do you know which questions you can ask?

Are you confident in recruitment best practice?

Do you understand your legal responsibilities?

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to gain free, professional Human Resources advice on best practice in recruitment and selection processes to ensure that your organisation appoints the best applicants.

By the end of this workshop delegates will:

  • Understand what is meant by merit-based recruitment and selection
  • Understand the benefits of merit-based selection including for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the law relating to recruitment and selection, and what this means in practice
  • Receive practical tips and guidance on attraction and selection including: attracting a more diverse range of candidates; how to prepare for interviews (including questioning techniques); an awareness of types of selection tests; how to deliver interviews; how to assess candidates in selection situations

In addition you will receive access to free online resources published after the training including:

  • Guidance notes
  • Template outline policy that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template application form that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template job description and person specification
  • Do’s and don’ts of recruitment and selection document

To book a place click here.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided at this FREE event.

Please book by 9am, Monday 4 December.


Resilient Freelancing: A Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers

Monday 12 March 2018
London Canal Museum
10:30 – 16:15

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector and those considering embarking on a freelance career.

Speakers will explore key future challenges and opportunities that no museum freelancer will be able to ignore; the tools and techniques that are useful in helping freelancers balance their working lives and ultimately find time to do things other than work; a client’s point of view about what clients look for in freelancers; how freelancers can be more effective in relating to others; and ideas and inspiration to break the cycle of trading time for services delivered, create regular recurring work, and increase your value to your clients.

There will also be bitesize talks from freelancers as they share what tools, tips and lessons have made them resilient, and an optional social session at the end of the day.

For the full programme and to book please click here.

Early bird rate until 15 December: £70, after which tickets are £90. There are 3 free spaces with travel expenses paid for – for more information and to apply click here.

Yorkshire Fed Museums Association Workshops

The Yorkshire Fed have kindly agreed to open up the following two workshops to people from the North West and wanted to share details:

Course 1:
MA Code of Ethics – Navigating Ethical Practice
Tuesday 5th
St. Bede’s Pastoral Centre York
10:00 – 13:00 

Part of a full day’s training delivered for YHFED by the Museums Association (MA), delegates can choose to attend both sessions at a reduced cost or just one of the sessions

In January 2016 the revised Code of Ethics was launched to the sector.  The aim of the review and revision was to make the Code of Ethics fit for purpose in the 21st century and beyond.  Building on the strong foundations of previous Codes this new Code is more relevant in the dynamic sector in which we find ourselves today.

Outline how this review was undertaken, highlighting what we wanted to achieve and signposting the differences from past Codes; provide opportunities to look at ethical dilemmas and using the Code to navigate the best next steps; and give time to reflect on your own professional practice and ethical dilemmas; as well as opportunities to ask questions.

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFED Freelance Training Provider.The trainer will be Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer for the Museums Association.

Cost: £25 for Fed members (or £20 if booking MA Successful Selection too)
£35 for Non-Fed members (or £30 if booking MA Successful Selection too)

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Course 2:
MA – Successful Selection
Tuesday 5th December
St.Bede’s Pastoral Centre York
14:00 – 16:30

The landscape for jobs and volunteering opportunities in the museums and galleries sector is very competitive. Anything you can do to stand out from the crowd can make all of the difference – but what does that look like?

Focus on ‘gaps’ and we will discuss what you may need to develop and how to do so to be able to meet the requirements for both short-listing and successful appointment. provide a masterclass in CV development and share hints and tips for effective interviews, as well as exploring other selection techniques and how to nail them.

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFED Freelance Training Provider. The trainer will be Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer for the Museums Association.

Cost: £25 for Fed members (or £20 if booking MA Code of Ethics too)
£35 for Non-Fed members (or £30 if booking MA Code of Ethics too)

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.


Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage Trust Update

Say Thank You to National Lottery Players

Thank National Lottery players this Christmas by offering ticket-holders a free treat.

Without National Lottery players, the £7.7billion of funding awarded to more than 42,000 heritage projects since 1994, would not be possible.

This December, we’re asking you to thank them – and show that their money has been well invested – by offering them free entry, or some other treat.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gainsborough’s House and the Watts Gallery have all piloted ‘free-entry-with-a-National-Lottery-ticket’ promotions, and reported increased footfall and a wider demographic of visitors than they would normally expect, and a positive response overall.

Now, as part of a month-long National Lottery celebration, we’re asking HLF-supported visitor attractions to take part in a co-ordinated week of free offer heritage activity from 11-17 December. If you already offer free entry, how about a free coffee, a guided tour, some free tickets to a paid-for exhibition?

We’ll provide you with all the tools and information you need to run your own free offer; HLF and The National Lottery will support your involvement with website, social media, and press promotion. And details of the campaign will be featured on 37,000 National Lottery point-of-sale media screens.

Want to join in? 

Find out what to do next, hear about Gainsborough’s House and Gressenhall’s previous free entry promotions, then register your participation and download the toolkit to get started planning your free offer.

We’ve posted some FAQs in the Online Community – if there’s anything we’ve missed, please ask us in the comments there. We’ll also be hosting a live chat on Thursday 12 October with special guests who have piloted free ticket offers, and can share their advice with you.

HLF is announcing new easy-to-apply-for microgrants at a special event on November 10 and 11. Individual grants, worth between £200 and £3,000, will be given to community projects to discover more about Barrow’s past.

The microgrants will be available from November 2017 to February 2018 and the total grant pot is just £25,000. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The Cumbrian coastal town has been chosen to pilot the microgrant scheme in the UK, as a new way of awarding money raised by National Lottery players to heritage projects. The scheme is open to community groups within Barrow-in-Furness district – which is in a Priority Area for funding for HLF – and especially to those that have never applied for a grant before.

With this in mind, the grants will be easy to apply for with a minimum of form filling involved and applicants can expect to receive an instant answer to their project idea.

Head of HLF North West, Nathan Lee, said: “The National Lottery is investing in the spirit of Barrow and we want to hear from local people whatever their heritage project may be. This is a new and different way of giving heritage grants and we are delighted that Barrow has been chosen as the place where we will be piloting this for the first time in the UK.”

Welcoming the initiative, Andrew Bass, Business Development Officer for Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), said: “This is brilliant news for Barrow. The area has such a rich and varied history so it has been great to find out that HLF and the National Lottery have chosen us for its microgrants pilot. We look forward to as many groups as possible bringing ideas to the event in November and in the weeks following to explore, discuss and display the heritage of this vibrant town.”

Barrow has a proud industrial history, especially shipbuilding, having constructed many of the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines. Natural history is also well-served with local nature reserves and the town’s location on the edge of the beautiful unspoiled landscapes of the Lake District.

People love a good story, especially one centred on their home town. The microgrants will give the community a chance to discover and share those stories, whether about a local organisation’s roots, historic figures, sporting achievements or a little known event from the past. Everything will be considered.

The microgrants scheme is being launched at a special two-day event on 10 and 11 November at the Art Gene Gallery, Barrow. On the first day the scheme will be presented to local heritage organisations. On the second day, Day 2 – Saturday 11 November – applicants can put their ideas to HLF North West staff and they are promised an on-the-spot answer.

But don’t worry if you are unable to attend. A further applicant session will be held in the town in mid-December or, in the meantime, people can contact the HLF North West Team on 0161 200 8470 or

Heritage Trust Network North West Area Event
Wednesday 22nd November
Gorton Monastery, Manchester

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. Their mission is to help others do the same.

They operate throughout the United Kingdom, drawing together and supporting the work of local heritage groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, community trusts or social enterprises.

Heritage Trust Network, predominantly run by professional volunteers, provides an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development. Our guidance and advice helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from start up to post completion. Just as importantly, Heritage Trust Network also gives this extraordinary grassroots movement a united voice, representing their views to government and funding bodies.

Find out more:

If you are considering tackling a building at risk, setting up a not-for-profit organisation, or simply interested in what they do, then get in touch and attend one of the area meetings.

To book a place at the event use our eventbrite page.

Great Exhibition of the North Update

Thew from GEOTN Team:

It is now one year since it was announced that NewcastleGateshead had won the bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North. Since October 2016, a lot has happened and plans have developed rapidly.

We have unveiled a new dynamic identity and website; undergone an extensive recruitment process; secured over £10million funding; announced our first Premier Partner; launched a tender process for the design and development of a Wayfinder App; and revealed some ground-breaking content for the exhibition programme. 

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley; Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry; and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism John Glen, have all visited the region, demonstrating their support and commitment to the exhibition. Two briefing events have also been held at No.10 Downing Street, hosted by Arts Minister John Glen.

For more information about what we’ve done visit the website and sign up to the newsletter.

Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four 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.

Museums as hosts in a divided society

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 15th November

We are confronted on a daily basis by evidence of divisions in our society and communities. These divisions crystallised last year in the Referendum vote and continue in the debate over the Brexit process and outcome.

This Happy Museum workshop builds on a previous event to investigate the psychology and neuroscience behind societal divisions and investigate the particular role of museums and cultural organisations in building empathy and connection.

‘I think this is going to affect my work profoundly – in fact I have found myself thinking differently in ALL aspects of life since the workshop.’ previous delegate

We will learn about work in Manchester Museum and the wider city which builds on these insights to build shared connections and to promote civic participation, community resilience, and wellbeing.

It brings together thinking from neuropsychologist Kris De Meyer in relation to the psychology of the referendum and how in building our beliefs we may have become more divided. Meanwhile Tom Crompton of Common Cause investigates our values and considers what we share, as well as what divides us.The workshop will be hosted by Gaby Porter, Chair of the Happy Museum.

The event will take a workshop format with ample time for discussion.

Lunch will not be provided but there will be light refreshments during the afternoon. Delegates to the MA conference can attend before joining the conference reception in the Whitworth Gallery at 7pm.

We are charging a nominal price of £40 to defray our costs for this event, however if the ticket price will prevent you from attending please get in touch with us at to discuss concessions.

‘I really appreciated the risk which this workshop took in subject matter, expertise and format. The risk was really worth taking.’ previous delegate

For more background read this blog from Tony Butler and a report of our successful workshop in Derby this February which considered the role of museums in supporting cohesion in post-Brexit communities.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

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: 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 @VolunteerMakers

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 for further details.