Category: Museum Development

MDN seeking new logo

Museum Development Network is seeking a designer or design agency to develop 2 distinct logos: a new logo for the Network and a separate logo for Museum Development in England.

Each logo should have a distinct design that reflects the nuanced difference and connection between the national Network and the Museum Development Programme in England. The logos should also capture the work and values of the Network and Programme in England.

Both logos together with accompanying brand guidelines should be delivered by 1 February 2021.

For more information and to view the full brief, click here.

Museum Development Network and Art Fund Covid-19 Recovery Funding

In a new and innovative partnership, Art Fund is contributing £280,000 to the Museum Development Network recovery grant programmes. The funding will reach museums across all nations in the UK who have not yet received public funding or smaller museums fulfilling specific cultural or local need.

Museum Development North West is using its allocation of the funding to match with some of our own funding to create a small grants programme similar in size to our Sustainable Improvement Fund. We will launch it in early July. The funding will support developing new sustainable offers, re-engaging audiences and effective reopening, as museums plan for reopening from 4th July 2020.

For further details of the partnership and Art Fund’s other new funding streams, read the full press release here.

MDNW Annual Report 2019-20

Museum Development North West is pleased to publish our Annual Report for 2019-20.

This report details the investment and delivery of the Museum Development North West programme in 2019-2020. It shows the impact of the work of the MDNW team in the museums sector across the five counties of the North West. Museum Development is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) over four years. 2019-20 is year two of a four year funded cycle.

The report can be found here – MDNW annual report 2019-20

 

Coronavirus & the MDNW programme

Like other organisations Museum Development North West has been considering its work in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In particular we have focused on the travel of our staff, delegates and speakers at our workshops, and the likely impact on our workshop and development programmes of decisions to be made by museums on allowing staff and volunteers to travel.

Our planning is based on Public Health England’s guidance at the time of writing and based on a response to their ‘Contain’ and ‘Delay’ phases. We will monitor and review our plans regularly in a changing situation. A major review of the programme will be carried out if/when the UK enters the ‘Mitigate’ phase.

Communications
We have already received enquiries from museums looking for advice on how to act in response to the coronavirus. We will use our blog to maintain communication with the North West museum sector on:

  • our own response to the coronavirus outbreak, including as our response changes
  • sources of advice and guidance relevant to charities, local authorities, public buildings, working with volunteers etc
  • usual blog content of museum news

Workshop programme
We will not advertise any new workshops until the timeframe for the coronavirus outbreak becomes clearer.

We will review on a case-by-case basis the workshops already advertised to run between now and the end of June and inform delegates of any changes or cancellations. Temporarily the option to charge for non-attendance at workshops has been dropped; we also expect the non-attendance rate at workshops we do run to be higher than normal. If we need to contact delegates at the last minute we will use the phone numbers provided at the time of booking.

It is the responsibility of all delegates to assess their own personal risk and take a decision to attend a workshop on that basis, but we will turn away from the workshop anyone who appears to be unwell.

Development programmes
Upcoming development programmes planned to be advertised and run from spring 2020 can be pushed back until later in the year.

Links
Latest information and advice
Guidance for employers and businesses
UK government response to coronavirus
NCVO guidance for charities – Your Organisation and Coronavirus
Local Government Association – Coronavirus: Information for Councils 

AIM is currently consulting with members and partners on the collation of business continuity advice to help independent museums through potentially challenging times. The results of this consultation will be made available during the week beginning 9th March. Keep checking the AIM website for details.

 

 

MDNW benchmarking report 2018-19

Museum Development North West is pleased to release our annual benchmarking report for 2018-19.

The report is based on the results of our fourth regional benchmarking survey, sent last autumn to all Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation. The report is here – MDNW benchmarking report 2018-19.

Thank you to all the museums who took the time to send us the information requested. The results of this survey, comparisons with our previous surveys and equivalent surveys carried out in other English regions, have revealed a wealth of detailed information about changes and trends both in the region and nationally, that will inform regional and national Museum Development programmes of activity in the future.

We hope that you’ll find the document useful, and that you will participate in the next survey so we can continue to track progress within the regional sector.

Museum Development Evaluation – Opportunity to Contribute

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research Ltd (in partnership with Durnin Research and Pomegranate) to carry out an Evaluation of the Museum Development Programme across England.

The evaluation aims to understand the impact of Arts Council’s investment in the Museum Development Programme.

As part of the current phase of the evaluation, a survey of museums that have (or have not) engaged with the Museum Development Programme is taking place – and we would be delighted if you could find the time to respond to the survey.

The survey asks about your museum’s engagement with Museum Development, the impact of any Museum Development support your museum has received, and provides you with an opportunity to provide feedback on the support received and identify any areas for improvement.  If you have not engaged with Museum Development, we welcome your views on why, your awareness of Museum Development support and areas for improvement.

The survey is available via: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/museumdevelopment

It should only take 10 minutes to complete the survey, and the deadline for responses is Friday 14th February 2020.

Please note, all responses are completely confidential.  All and any results from the survey will only be released in aggregated form so that no individual or organisation can be identified.

If you have any questions about the survey or the evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Stephen Connolly (Director at DC Research Ltd, project manager for the evaluation team) via stephen@dcresearch.co.uk.

 

MDNW annual report 2018-19 and benchmarking report

Museum Development North West is pleased to release our annual report for 2018-19, plus the results of our benchmarking survey carried out in 2018.

The annual report details the investment and delivery of the MDNW programme in 2018-2019. It shows the impact of the work of the MDNW team in the museums sector across the five counties of the North West. Museum Development is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) over four years; 2018-19 is year one of a four year funded cycle. The report is here – MDNW annual report 2018-19.

The annual benchmarking report is based on the results of our third regional benchmarking survey, sent last summer to all Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation. The report is here – MDNW benchmarking report 2017-18.

Thank you to all the museums who took the time to send us the information requested. The results of this survey, comparisons with our previous surveys, and equivalent surveys carried out in other English regions, have revealed a wealth of detailed information about changes and trends both in the region and nationally, that will inform regional and national Museum Development programmes of activity in the future.

We hope that you’ll find both documents useful, and that you will participate in the next survey so we can track progress within the regional sector.

 

MDNW 2015-18 report

We are pleased to share with you the report of Museum Development North West’s activities in 2015-18, plus a separate report on our Sustainable Improvement Fund.

MDNW 2015-18 report FINAL

SIF 2015-18 FINAL

In 2012-15 and 2015-18 the MDNW programme has been managed by the Manchester Partnership and the Cumbria Museum Consortium, the two Major Partner Museum Consortiums funded by Arts Council England. From April 2018 MDNW has secured further funding until March 2022 and becomes one of Arts Council’s Sector Support Organisations. Details of our programme from 2018 onwards are here.

 

 

Job Opportunity: Museum Development

Museum Development Officer (Maternity Cover), Essex County Council, Secondment Opportunity / Fixed Term Contract until Nov 2017
Full Time, 37 hours per week (flexible, evenings and weekends may be required)
Salary £28,500
Deadline for applications: Midnight, Weds 22nd March
 

Love museums? Creative? Enjoy working with people? Essex County Council is seeking maternity cover for the role of Museum Development Officer. The post serves as the strategic lead for museums in the county, including project development, advice and support.

At the core of the role, you will provide advice and guidance to local museums, regarding organisational resilience, collections care and audiences, so experience in at least one of these areas is essential.

Working within the Cultural Development Team, you will also lead on delivery if the “Snapping the Stiletto” women’s history project, the “Wikipedians In Residence Essex” (WIRE) project and chair the county’s Heritage Education Group. You will also be responsible for developing the local training and activity offer, in partnership with Museums Essex and SHARE Museums East.

Please note that the post is also available as a secondment to local authority employees. 

The role description can be accessed here: https://essexcc.taleo.net/careersection/ecc_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=10754&lang=en

 

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Deadline for applications: Midnight, Wednesday 22nd March

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Interviews: Friday 31st March or Monday 3rd April

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Start date: Monday 24th April

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]End date: Friday 24th November

 

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to get in touch (amy.cotterill@essex.gov.uk)

 

Job Opportunity: South West Museum Development

South West Museum Development is seeking a suitably experienced Freelance Community Engagement Officer to work with 10 museums and heritage organisations across Devon and Cornwall as part of the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Raising the Standard’ project. The project involves the conservation, display, interpretation, development of a schools resource and engagement alongside a programme of community engagement and events at locations in which the 10 museums and heritage organisations are based during the summer and autumn of 2017.

The successful applicant will have experience in developing, planning and delivering successful, exciting, creative, audience-focused events and projects within a museum or heritage environment.

Preferably with experience in delivering projects funded by Heritage Lottery the successful candidate will have a passion and commitment for the role of heritage in local communities along with a track record in working with volunteers and developing partnerships across a variety of community groups.

Contract period: February 2017 to February 2018

Contract value: max £15,000 inclusive of VAT and fees, excluding travel for which there is a separate budget up to £3,000 for travel within Devon and Cornwall

Deadline for applications: 10am, 2nd February 2017

Further information see: Full Details – Freelance Community Engagement Officer

Questions? Please contact  Victoria.harding@bristol.gov.uk