Category: Training

Child Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

Thursday 12th October 2017
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms. 

Ideal for:

  • Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people

You will gain:

  • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
  • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
  • Ideas for developing child protection policies
  • Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

Course cost:

The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.

Book your place online here or contact / 02380 332491


Evaluating Youth Arts Projects Workshop

Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45

We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies.

Ideal if you want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain:

  • Demystification of evaluation myths
  • Meaningful modes of evaluation
  • Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation
  • A range of creative tools and techniques
  • Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

Cost: £130 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online at or contact / 02380 332491 for further information.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

MDNW are set to host our 5th Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we will welcome Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, and the representatives from the Purchase Grants Fund amongst others. We are also inviting representatives from national museums to partake in the Fair to discuss partnership opportunities and support available.

The Fair will include a variety of workshops from the organisations previously mentioned, including a workshop looking at how to write a funding bid.

We will share further details about this year’s fair closer to the time of the event.

Bite the bullet: Managing firearms and other tricky collections event

Wednesday 26th July
Royal Armouries, Leeds
£11.21 – £16.52

Led by ICON Care of Collections and Metals Groups this day will include papers, discussions and practical collections care applications for the management of firearms, weapons and hazardous collections. It is aimed at anyone with any involvement with, or responsibility for, care and management of such collections.

The provisional timetable for the day is:

10:00 – Tea and Coffee on arrival

10:15 – Welcome and Introduction

10:30 – Collection hazards: An Introduction

11:00 – Firearms and weapons: Key considerations

12:00 – Lunch, delegates to provide their own lunch

13:00 – Handling of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:00 – Packing and Transport of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:30 – Tea and Coffee

15:00 – Scenario/group work/panel discussion

16:00 – End

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Up and Coming Training Opportunities

Access in Museums: Strategies for welcoming visitors and students with ASD

Thursday 27th July, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Access in Mind will be delivering a one day workshop looking at strategies to improving access to setting facilities and activities for people with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. This training day will include recognising characteristics, understanding the effect of the environment on sensory processing and managing challenging behaviour.

Claire Jackson and Juanita Lendon from Access in Mind are qualified teachers, with more than 20 years experience each, of supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They will be providing their expertise to help you make your museums more accessible to visitors with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

Due to the support of Museum Development East Midlands this event is free for both GEM members and non-members. Priority booking will be given to those from Accredited museums or working towards Accreditation.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link.

Depicting Dress: a professional workshop on male and female dress in 18th-century portraits

Wednesday 20th September, 
School of Historical Dress, London

Learning colleagues working with portraits or costume are welcome to apply for this upcoming workshop, a collaborative event offered by the Understanding British Portraits professional network and The School of Historical Dress

This practical workshop will be delivered by the School of Historical Dress at its new premises in Lambeth. Delegates will have a special opportunity to learn from three of the School’s experienced teachers, and observe practical clothing demonstrations and dressings using its remarkable private archive. Participants will also have the chance to handle historical fabrics and garments, and discuss costume in particular portraits in their collections.

Please visit the website for details of how to apply.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 28 July 2017.

British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.


Never Going Underground: Welcoming LGBT+ visitors

Monday 14th August
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10:00 – 16:30

People’s History Museum is currently mid-way through a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.  We have teamed up with The Proud Trust to offer LGBT+ Awareness Training to staff and volunteers in other cultural organisations, and to share learning and best practice from our Never Going Underground season.

The LGBT Awareness training aims to encourage staff to feel more confident and able to discuss and talk about gender and sexuality as well as equipping staff with tools to be able to assess how inclusive their work currently is of LGBT people and identities and to develop a plan for how to improve current practice. The training agenda will include: 

  • LGBT terminology and definitions
  • Understanding gender and sexuality
  • Context: taking a look at LGBT experiences past and present
  • Reflection on current practice and exploring ways to make work spaces and institutions more LGBT inclusive 

This training day will particularly suit staff and volunteers working directly with the public. 


10.00am          Registration & refreshments

10.30am          Welcome & introductions

10.45am          Introduction to Never Going Underground project & tour of exhibition

11.45am          LGBT Awareness Training Part 1

1.15pm            Lunch (opportunity to visit Continuum & Queer Noise exhibitions)

2.00pm            LGBT Awareness Training Part 2

3.30pm            Reflection from PHM Front of House team on their experiences of engaging with visitors during Never Going Underground

4.00pm            Q&A – key learning points from the day

4.30pm            Workshop ends

Cost: £30 (price includes lunch and refreshments)

If you have any questions, please contact

Further information about exhibitions on display:

Sat 25 February – Sun 3 September

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide. There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward. Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people. The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism. This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £5 

Sat 24 June – Sun 3 September

Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain

Recent years have seen an explosion in media interest in trans* issues – however misconceptions about the realities of trans* people’s lives remain. Curated by Artmob, Continuum showcases the diversity of trans* voices in 21st century Britain and features 14 artists from a variety of backgrounds, working across a range of artistic media. The exhibition welcomes visitors into the artists’ lives to share their stories in all their playful, heartfelt and gritted glory. Their work reveals how much there is that unites rather than divides us and, in the process, gets to the heart of what it is to be human. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3

Sat 1 July – Sun 10 September

Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester

Queer Noise is a community exhibition exploring how queer club culture and LGBT+ music-makers in Greater Manchester helped to redefine attitudes towards sexuality across the city and beyond. It features rarely seen material provided by Manchester District Music Archive’s online community. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3

NWFed Event: Spotlight on Ancient Egypt

Friday 30th June
World Museum, Liverpool
10.30- 13.30

Planning a major new gallery? Want to tell the amazing stories of your collections and maximise public impact? 

This half-day informal training is an opportunity to find out from different museum professionals about the different ideas, expertise and skills required in planning and delivery the new Ancient Egypt gallery at World Museum Liverpool.

Dr. Ashley Cooke will discuss his research of the collections, as well as his vision and ideas for the new gallery. Claire Sedgwick, World Museum Registrar will address issues of logistics and planning.

Tracey Seddon, Organics Conservator will share her expertise in preparing collections for display and discuss some of the challenges faced when dealing with organic material. There will be an opportunity to view ongoing conservation work in her studio.

Attendance is free for all individual and institutional members, staff and volunteers of museums and heritage sites.

For details of membership

To book email

0151 478 4401

New GEM Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing

From GEM:

Want to advance your professional development & support wellbeing in your heritage organisation?  Are you already delivering health and wellbeing programmes but are looking for ways to improve or build upon this practice?  Then GEM’s Intermediate Course: Health and Wellbeing might be for you!

In partnership with National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW), the course Health and Wellbeing has been developed as part of GEM’s ACE-funded Learning & Sharing Centre project. Health and Wellbeing is one of five GEM intermediate courses that will address the core competencies identified by GEM, to help raise professional standards in the museum, heritage and cultural sector.

The course is aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career heritage educators involved with health and wellbeing.

GEM says, “Not just one-day workshops!”  This course will combine a one-day workshop with a few short activities to be completed prior to and after the workshop, which will reinforce and embed your learning.  Working with a passionate peer group, the 6-7-week course will enable participants to reflect on current work to:

  • identify and overcome challenges,
  • reframe other provision as health and wellbeing programmes,
  • and gain inspiration to set up new projects.

The first Health and Wellbeing course will take place in Leicester, with the one-day workshop taking place on Monday 10 July 2017. The two other courses will take place in London (27 November 2017) and Manchester (24 January 2018). 

Places are limited, so book your place now!  For more details please visit the GEM website.

Spark your Creativity… in interpretive script-writing

Friday 2nd June
Miller’s Yard, York
09:45 – 16:00

Let The Authentic Spark help you SPARK your Creativity on this one day interpretive scriptwriting workshop.

Whether you are new to interpretive writing for exhibitions, or you are looking to refresh and reinvigorate existing skills, this practically-based workshop will help you. Flex your writing muscles with me as we work through top tips and real-life applications of best practice principles in interpretive writing and editing.

For the full event details including price and info on how to book visit the eventbrite page.