Category: Networking

Culture Now – New network launched to support mid-career heritage professionals

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Culture Now is a new national network founded with the purpose of supporting mid-career heritage professionals who wish to challenge established thinking and make a change.

Launching in November 2017, Culture Now’s ambition is to create a national network which supports those new to the sector through to mid-level professionals. It is a platform to exchange ideas and develop strong professional connections across the country, whether remotely or in person.

Founded by heritage professionals that recognise the limited opportunities to influence change and comment on the issues that affect us all, Culture Now with funding from Museum Development in the North West and East Midlands want to work collaboratively across the cultural sector to provide a platform to represent, articulate and promote the views and ideas of early to mid-level professionals while supporting and sharing professional development and networking.

Culture Now is looking to grow its professional network and to hear the ideas of people that would like to be involved with the group. If you are interested, participate with us at the Festival of Change, follow us on Twitter @_CultureNow, visit and subscribe to our blog or email

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Image – Culture Now team (Pictured L-R: Carol King, Sarah Hartshorne, Simon Brown, Charlotte Pratley, Tom Newman, Dhikshana Pering, Alex Bird. Not pictured, Katie Ann Smith)


AMA NW & NE Network Meeting

Monday 12th June
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
12:30 – 15:30

This is a chance to meet informally to share and support each other with our AMA no matter what stage you are at in the process.

Those who can join us will have a chance to find out more about the exhibition, to quiz  Gill Goodfellow, Exhibitions Officer and Tour the latest major exhibition – Hadrians Cavalry Exhibition for free with Gill Goodfellow and Simon Jackson.

To help with refreshments and staffing please confirm you are able to attend by noon on Saturday 10th June via email to :

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Friday 9th June
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
10:30 – 12:30

Run alongside the National Football Museum and Staircase House the North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for volunteer managers from around the region to network and share best practice and get advice.

At the next North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting we will be joined by:

Ruth Hutchinson, Volunteer community engagement manager, University of Manchester
Jack Puller, Team Leader, Volunteer Centre Manchester

They will both discuss how they can help to recruit volunteers for us and also what they can also do for volunteers and volunteer managers.

We will also have an opportunity to discuss the up and coming development programme for regional Volunteer Managers.

So we know how numbers for catering please can you book your place here and if you have any questions get in touch with Alex Bird, Sector Development Office –

Capital Development Network: Working with architects

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 29th March
10:30 – 12:30

Developed in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund during this workshop we will hear from Meneka Munroe, Museum Client Representative, Courtyard Project from Manchester Museum and Sam Johnson from the University of Manchester who will talk about their experience of working with architects and share best practice when going through a capital development project. The session is also an opportunity to hear from ARUP and us about our new U-Values publication.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird –

Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network

From the Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network:

We’d like to invite you to join the Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network, aimed at people who are doing things in this area and who would be interested in meeting other people who are doing things to network, communicate and collaborate.

The first meeting will be on 2nd July 2015 12:00 – 15:00, at the LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester. M1 3HF. Lunch will be provided.

The first part of the meeting will be given over to anybody who would like to give a brief update on what they are working on, we’ll then break for lunch and spend the last 30 minutes having a quick discussion on ways in which we might collaborate.  We will aim to do this 3-4 times per year, and will alternate these between lunchtime and teatime sessions to try and allow for differing diary commitments.

To that end you are really encouraged to come along and if you could let us know of anybody else within your contacts who may be interested in this network, i.e. people in the city region working in the arts, heritage, film, history, culture etc (people who are doing things and would be interested in meeting other people who are doing things that improve the cultural offer across Greater Manchester.)

Please contact if you are interested in joining the network or would like to attend the meeting.

NW AMA Support Group Meeting

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Carlisle Castle.
Tuesday 10th February
12.30pm – 3.30pm


12.30 Meet for lunch, please bring your own packed lunch.

1.00 Start of meeting, short presentation on “Artists of the First World War” by Susan Gleave.

1.30 Skype session with Charlotte Holmes of the Museums Association. If you have questions regarding your AMA Charlotte will be able to give you advice.

2.00 Guided tour of the museum by Jules Wooding, Learning and Engagement Officer at CMOML.

2.30 – 2.45 Tea break.

2.45 Mary Ferguson, Co-ordinator of “Treasures of Cumbria” and Project Manager of “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014” and Mary-Ann Lancaster, Project Co-ordinator (North) of “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014”, will give a presentation about the creation of their recent WW1 exhibition: “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014”.

3.15 Further questions, forward planning, evaluation.

3.30 Close of meeting.

Please could you confirm your attendance by Thursday 5th February:


Mary Ann Lancaster     07714 149351
Susan Gleave        07854 712192

Northern Networking Event

Museum of Liverpool
Monday 11th November
16:00 – 17:00

Museum Development North West and Museum Development Yorkshire are hosting a Northern Network Event for any Northern museum professional at this years Museums Association Conference. It will be a great opportunity to meet fellow museum professionals as well as speak to museums about some of their sucessful projects they have completed through museum development funding.

So we have an idea how many people are attending please visit our eventbrite page to sign up.

This will be am informal event so please join us for a glass of wine and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that this event is open to everyone and not just delegates from the conference.